Despite the growing threat of cable operators and competitive providers, Vertical Systems Group's mid-2009 report shows that incumbent carriers gained the upper hand in the Business Ethernet market in the first six months of 2009. Taking advantage of their sizable fiber footprints and metro area service focus, Vertical reported the incumbent service provider segment surpasses the Competitive Provider and Cable MSO segments combined, based on retail customer port installations. However, there were some Competitive Provider gains during this period as XO Communications moved into Vertical Systems Group's U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard, a report that tracks service providers with 4 percent or more of the market based on ports, for the first time.
"The first six months of 2009 showed healthy growth in U.S. Business Ethernet services, despite the soft market for telecom services overall," said Rick Malone, Principal at Vertical Systems Group in a press release. "Lower cost metro services led the way as user enterprises continued to consolidate headcount into their metro campuses and local building clusters."
- see the Vertical Systems Group release here
Vertical: Business Ethernet services up 43% in '08