The new leaderboard rank order, based on retail port share, is: Orange Business (France), Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Level 3 (U.S.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider Leaderboard is the industry's benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence. Vertical Systems ranks the companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their home countries.
There were no new entrants to the Leaderboard based on mid-2016 share results. However, Level 3 has moved up from sixth to fifth position ahead of Verizon. Level 3 also had the fastest growth in Global Provider ports among the Leaderboard-ranked companies during the first half of 2016.
The Challenge Tier of Global Providers includes companies with a share of between 2% and 4% of this defined market. Seven companies qualify for the Mid-2016 Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange (India), SingTel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.).
"2016 is the beginning of a technological transformation of global Ethernet services, as carriers worldwide enhance offerings enabled by SDN, NFV and LSO," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Winning providers will be those that best utilize these technologies to improve service agility, cost control and deployment speed."
The Market Player tier includes all Global Providers with port share below 2%. Companies in the Market Player tier are as follows : Bell Canada (Canada), Bezeq (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), CenturyLink (U.S.), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Easynet Global Services (U.K.), Eir (Ireland), Embratel (Brazil), euNetworks (U.K.),Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Philippines), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTT (U.S.), Hutchinson Global (Hong Kong), Indosat (Indonesia), Interoute (U.K.), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN International (Netherlands), Liberty Global (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT (Philippines), Rogers (Canada), Rostelecom (Russia), Softbank Telecom (Japan), Spark (New Zealand), Sparkle (Italy), StarHub (Singapore), Symphony (Thailand), TDC (Denmark), Telecom Italia (Italy), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia), Telenor (Norway), Telia (Sweden), Telin (Singapore), Telkom South Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Vector (New Zealand), Virgin Media Business (U.K.), XO (U.S.), Zayo Group (U.S.), and other providers selling Ethernet services outside their home country.
MEF CE 2.0 certification helps facilitate Carrier Ethernet deployments across multiple service networks. Global Providers with MEF CE 2.0 certification as of mid-2016 are as follows: • Global Provider Leaderboard: Colt, AT&T, Verizon and Level 3.
The challenge tier includes: Global Cloud Xchange, SingTel and Vodafone and the market players include: CAT Telecom, China Telecom, Globe, Indosat, Interoute, Liberty Global, PCCW Global, PLDT, Spark, Sparkle, Telecom Italia, TeliaSonera, Telin and Telstra.