Ethernet, the protocol that is ubiquitous in enterprise local area networks,
is now being offered by service providers as a metro or wide area service.
These publicly available Ethernet services have been among the communications
market' s fastest growing segments, with carriers enjoying revenue growth in
the range of 25 percent annually as enterprises large and small opt for these
new services offered in an array of speeds and reach.
Carrier Ethernet services, which was a $2.4 billion market in 2009, offers the
enterprise customer the chance to tie locations together in what appear to be
virtual LANs that can stretch across a metropolitan area, a region, a nation,
or the world. These widely available Ethernet services offer significant
advantages in cost and simplicity and in facilitating convergence - and are
often touted as a replacement for legacy data solutions like private line and
This Insight study projects market size, growth, and revenue, including
segmented breakdowns of point-to-point and any-to-any services as well as by
interface levels ranging from 10 Mbit/s to the emerging 10 Gbit/s standard.
This report provides insight into this emerging arena that will fundamentally
shape the communications market of the future.