|[December 30, 2013]
Infonetics Router Survey: Major Network Changes Underway, This Time to 100GE and Packet-Optical
CAMPBELL, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Market research firm Infonetics
Research released excerpts from its 2013 Routing,
IP Edge, and Packet-Optical Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey,
which focuses on 100
Gigabit Ethernet (100GE) adoption and pricing expectations, usage of
packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS), and the architectural changes
occurring to metro networks in next-generation central offices (NG-COs).
"Service providers and vendors have been talking about how to use more
optical transport with essential packet functionality to serve as the
transport vehicle for packet traffic as an alternative to routers,"
Research's co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks.
"Our latest routing
strategies study confirms that major changes are underway in carrier
networks, with 75% of the operators we talked to using P-OTS
(packet-optical transport systems) now or planning to by 2016."
adds: "Carriers are very interested in 100GE as well. We asked at what
price they would buy 100GE for different applications - data center
connections, aggregation, core, etc. - and by when. Some operators are
already paying 15 times the price of 10GE for 100GE because they need it
now, and we found that some operators are willing to pay more for 100GE
for specific parts of their networks; for example, over a third are
willing to pay a premium for routes with low fiber availability. Still,
most carriers will wait until 100GE pricing comes down to 10 times 10GE
or lower, so it behooves manufacturers to continue developments that
lower the price of 100GE."
ROUTING STRATEGIES SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
Operators expect 100GE ports to grow from 5% of all their 10/40/100GE
router port purchases in 2013 to 30% in 2015
Due to the pressures of video, mobility, and cloud services, providers
are re-architecting their metro networks by distributing a number of
functions from a single central "super POP"
to a number of large next-generation central offices (NG-COs) made up
of 5 to 10 super COs in a metro area
These distributed functions include broadband remote access servers
(BRAS), content delivery networks (CDNs) and caching, deploying
servers and storage in "mini data centers" for colocation and cloud
services, and the ability to offer services (such as security) to
residential and business customers using network functions
virtualization (NFV) with software-defined network (SDN) service
ABOUT INFONETICS' ROUTER SURVEY
Infonetics' (News - Alert) December 2013 25-page routing
strategies survey is based on interviews with router and switch
purchase-decision makers at incumbent, independent wireless,
competitive, and cable operators from around the world. The report
provides insights into 10/40/100GE port purchases, P-OTS deployment
plans, multilayer data/transport control plane demand, CDN deployment
drivers, and fixed-mobile network convergence strategies. Respondents
control 36% of 2012 worldwide service provider capex and 32% of revenue.
the survey, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
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