Week in research: Internet capacity grows 55 percent worldwide; Convergent billing solutions on the rise

Global Internet capacity rises: Telegeography's annual survey of Internet backbone operators put Verizon at the top of the list for the 11th time in 12 years in terms of being the most connected globally. Verizon has the highest number of autonomous system (AS) connections of any public IP network. "... the AS ranking demonstrates the closeness of a network to the rest of the Internet, as in the number of 'hops' (segments on the network route) data must take to reach the Internet," explained Alan Mauldin, TeleGeography research director, in a release. In tracking Internet capacity deployments as well as peak and average traffic volume, the report found that international Internet capacity increased 55 percent in 2010 with 13.2 terabits (Tbps) of capacity added. That added amount is just below the total global Internet capacity just two years ago. News release.

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Convergent billing surges: The convergent charging market--which includes services such as managed solutions and software that enables multiple payment methods, such as prepaid and postpaid, across different network types--will grow five-fold by 2014, according to Infonetics Research, from $533 million in 2009 to $2.6 billion in four years. Telecom operators are driving growth, naturally, as they struggle to reduce churn and increase ARPU. Top competitors in this market? Comverse, a BSS and value added services provider, closely followed by Ericsson, which has its fingers in just about everything telecom these days, it seems. News release.

Managed security getting popular: Gartner has placed Verizon Business among the leaders category of its Magic Quadrant for MSSPs (managed security service providers). It holds a solid position in a market that generated $1.8 billion in revenue worldwide in 2009 and will see continued growth in 2011, particularly in the enterprise space. News release.

Latin America turns to fiber: Telecoms in Latin America are seeking out and investing in high-bandwidth technologies, including FTTH, not necessarily because they can afford it, but because they can't afford not to. "Without broadband access, developing countries run the risk of enlarging the digital divide and becoming second- or third-class citizens within the global order," said Jose Manuel Mercado, Senior Analyst at Pyramid Research, which authored the report, "Fiber to the Home: The Long-Term Answer to Narrowing the Broadband Gap." News release.

DPI a critical network component: Standalone deep packet inspection technology is a key component to managing fast-growing Internet capacity across providers' networks, says an Infonetics Research study, and the realization is driving growth in this segment. The market should hit $1.5 billion by 2014, the firm forecasts, with the Middle East and Asia posting strong growth. News release.

Ethernet switching poised for growth: 2011 may be a record year for sales of Ethernet switching technologies, says Infonetics. Sales for 2010 are probably going to reach $18.5 billion, a 29 percent increase from 2009. Despite all the brouhaha in November over Cisco's not-so-great third quarter, the company's switch revenue rose 2 percent and is up 36 percent year over year. Chassis and fixed managed layer 3 switches saw the best sales this year. News release.