Week in research: High speed networking ports take center stage; bundled broadband service key to fixed-line growth in Russia

Optical Ethernet rises: Things are looking up in the long term for high speed networking ports, particularly 100G and 100GE (Gigabit optical and Ethernet), which will be the major port player from 2015 to 2030, according to Infonetics Research. "There is a lot of excitement these days around 100G and 100GE, and whether or how soon 100G prices will cause 40G sales to decline," said Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier and data center networks and co-founder of Infonetics. "The truth is that we are at the start of a very long period where 100G and 100GE will be the major port player from 2015 through 2030, with bare beginnings of just several hundreds of 100GE ports on service provider routers shipped to date, and a few inter-city 100G WDM routes deployed." News release.

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Fixed-line holds fast in Philippines: The economic downturn and strong competition from a burgeoning mobile market combined to hold down wireless providers in the Philippines, a new study from Research and Markets finds. This is despite significant telecom investment since the industry was deregulated in 1993. However, broadband Internet is coming to the rescue, providing a strong subscriber base that has helped the sector begin moving upward. News release.

Russia broadband plays key role: Multiplay bundling will be a key factor in driving fixed-line revenues higher in Russia, Pyramid Research says in a new report. Like nearly every region, wireline voice is on the decline, but demand for broadband services continues to climb, a role that will allow total Internet revenue to climb to $6.5 billion in 2015. Fixed and mobile broadband will present a cumulative revenue opportunity of $42.3 billion in four years, Pyramid predicts. News release.