AT&T, Verizon, and TW telecom Lead All Ethernet Service Providers

Carriers are increasingly turning to Ethernet services to meet the growing demands for transport and business class services. AT&T, Verizon and tw telecom ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively on Vertical Systems Group's Mid-2012 U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard. CenturyLink, Cox, XO, Time Warner Cable and Level 3 rounded out Vertical Systems Group's top 8 U.S. business Ethernet service providers.

"New value-added service enhancements and improved network quality fueled the solid growth many Ethernet providers experienced in the first half of this year," commented Vertical Systems Group principal Rick Malone. "Additionally, our research clearly indicates rising demand for Ethernet access focused on connectivity to private Clouds for data center hosting. We expect to see increased deployments of these configurations, which could have an impact on Ethernet share results as early as year-end 2012."

Ranking providers by number of installed ports, Vertical segments the U.S. business Ethernet service market into two tiers of providers. The first, "Challenge" tier for mid-2012 includes seven service providers: Charter Business, Comcast Business, Optimum Lightpath, Reliance Globalcom, Windstream (including Paetec) and Zayo Group.

The second, "Market Player" tier includes Alpheus Communications, American Telesis, Bright House Networks, Canby, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications (including Surewest), Expedient, FiberLight, Frontier, Integra, IP Networks, Lightover, Litecast, LS Networks, Masergy, Megapath, Met-Net, NTT America, Orange Business, Sidera Networks, Spirit, Sprint, SuddenLink, US Signal, Virtela and others.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 10:30

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