Surging network traffic and network upgrades fueled rapid growth
in shipments of 10G (10-gigabit), 40G and 100G capable networks in
2012, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Momentum
for 10G, 40G and 100G network ports is lowering costs for these
electronics, which is welcome news to CHR clients.
"Overall, shipments of all port speeds have been on a steady
upward path as a result of growing network traffic and the need to
constantly upgrade networks, but the revenue growth opportunity is
in higher-speed ports (10G, 40G, 100G - excluding 1G)," highlighted
Matthias Machowinski, Infonetics' directing analyst for enterprise
networks and video.
"While 1G port revenue is actually declining due to
commoditization and becoming a standard feature on network
equipment, we expect high-speed (10G+) port revenue to double by
2017, to over $42 billion."
Among the report's highlights:
- The number of 1G, 10G, 40G, and 100G network ports shipped on
service provider and enterprise equipment in 2012 grew 22% over the
previous year, to top 360 million
- 10G currently accounts for about 3/4 of all high-speed (10G+)
- 1G ports still make up a significant portion of overall
shipments and will continue growing as 1G becomes the standard in
service provider and enterprise access networks
The need for speed is driving higher port speeds. So much so,
that Infonetics predicts 100G ports will account for 10% of optical
transport spending in 2013.
Bandwidth demand for applications like cell site backhaul,
computing, and video transport are all contributing to
this ongoing surge of network traffic. We're advising clients to
plan their networks accordingly, to not only meet this growing
demand, but be in a position to capitalize on the growing number of
high bandwidth revenue opportunities that these transport networks