Report: 10G, 40G port shipments stay the course in shaky economy

40G is getting its due this year as service providers scramble to meet "skyrocketing" traffic requirements, a new report from Infonetics Research finds. The 2010 10G/40G/100G Networking Ports market size and forecast report, updated biannually, shows that uptake of high-speed Ethernet and optical ports on enterprise and service provider equipment remained steady in 2009 despite the shaky economy, with shipments of 10G and 40G ports rising 38 percent last year.

"While worldwide spending on service provider IP edge routers declined overall in 2009, spending on high-speed 40G ports on IP edge routers increased 125 percent. A similar trend is playing out in other routing and switching segments and in the optical network hardware space," notes Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

Investment in high-speed networking equipment looks like a sure thing for carriers and service providers, if last year's numbers bear out. Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data at Infonetics Research and co-author of the report, noted that while many companies pulled back on overall investments last year, buildout of core infrastructure continued in response to growing traffic levels.

Infonetics 10/40/100G Ports market, 2010
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