13 September 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Orange, Colt and AT&T have maintained the top three ranks in the latest Ethernet leaderboard from Vertical Systems Group, which lists a total of 56 companies.
The results, based on retail port
share, show that Level 3 Communications has bumped BT Global
Services out of the fourth position. BT is now at number five,
followed by Verizon and NTT at six and seven.
"Demand for global Ethernet networking continues to expand,"
said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "As retail
Ethernet providers extend their network footprints through
partners worldwide, the growth outlook for wholesale services
The Vertical Systems survey ranks
companies in its Global Provider Leaderboard if they hold a 4%
or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of
their respective home countries. Vertical Systems does not give
actual numbers for each company’s share.
Below the top seven, the Challenge Tier of Vertical
Systems’ Global Provider Leaderboard includes
companies with share between 2% and 4% of this market. Six
companies qualify, said Vertical Systems, which listed them in
alphabetical order rather than ranking them according to size:
Cogent, Singtel, T-Systems, Tata Communications,
Telefónica Worldwide and Vodafone.
"Orchestration across multiple provider networks is the top
challenge constraining new service deployments, according to
our research," said Malone. "This obstacle is being addressed
through collaboration among industry players and standards
organizations, including efforts to standardise on open APIs
and service specifications."
Companies with a port share below 2% – putting them in
fourteenth and lower positions in the league – are in
Vertical Systems’ Market Player category.
Again in alphabetical order, the market research company lists
43 of them as follows: Bell Canada, Bezeq, CAT Telecom,
CenturyLink, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom,
Eir, Embratel, euNetworks, Exponential-e, Global Cloud Xchange,
Globe, GlobeNet, GTT, Hutchinson Global, Indosat, Interoute,
KDDI, Korea Telecom, KPN, Liberty Global, Masergy, PCCW Global,
PLDT Global, Rogers, Rostelecom, Softbank Telecom, Spark,
Sparkle, Sprint, StarHub, Symphony, TDC, Telekom Malaysia,
Telia, Telin, Telkom South Africa, Telmex, Telstra, Vector,
Virgin Media Business and Zayo, but the report also refers to
"other providers selling Ethernet services outside their home
Within the top category, Vertical Systems notes that Colt,
AT&T, Level 3 and Verizon have received Carrier Ethernet
2.0 certification from MEF, the former Metro Ethernet Forum. In
the Challenge Tier, five have CE 2.0 certification: SingTel,
T-Systems, Tata, Telefónica and Vodafone.
Vertical Systems says that detailed information about market
shares are available to customers of its Emerging Networks