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REPORT HIGHLIGHTS - Ethernet Switch Market Wraps up 2015 with a Bang, Surpasses $6B in Quarterly Revenue for First Time

March 16, 2016

Matthias Machowinski Matthias Machowinski Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video
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The IHS Technology Ethernet Switches Quarterly Market Tracker tracks unmanaged, web-managed, and fully managed fixed and chassis switches by port speed (100ME, 1GE, 2.5GE, 10GE, 25GE, 40GE, 100GE).

Following are highlights from the first quarter (Q1) 2016 edition of the report, which includes data for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full-year 2015.

Analyst Note

“Worldwide Ethernet switch revenue grew 5% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2015, surpassing $6 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time ever, and reaching $22.6 billion for the full year. Growth was driven by strong demand in North America and China, as well as data center upgrades to 40GE and 100GE connectivity.”

- Matthias Machowinski
Senior Research Director, Enterprise Networks and Video

Ethernet Switch Market Highlights

  • 100G ports quadrupled sequentially in Q4 2015, propelled by new QSFP28-based 100G solutions that will eventually temper demand for 40GE products
  • 40GE port shipments more than doubled in 2015, surpassing the 4-million mark
  • Web-managed and fully managed fixed switches continue to be the best-performing segments as buyers look for advanced capabilities to accommodate increasing demands on their networks
  • North America and China were the key growth markets in 2015
  • Cisco and HPE took the top two spots for Ethernet switch revenue in 2015, while Huawei jumped to #3 and Juniper and Arista battled it out for #4 


Ethernet Switch Report Synopsis

The IHS Technology quarterly Ethernet switch report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2020, analysis and trends for unmanaged, web-managed and fully managed fixed and chassis switches by port speed. Vendors tracked include Adtran, Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, Extreme, Hitachi Metals, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Juniper, Lenovo, Netgear, Ruby Tech, TP Link, ZTE, others.

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