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REPORT HIGHLIGHTS - Building, Backhaul and Wholesale Spending Drive Ethernet Access Device Market to 7% CAGR Through 2020

April 07, 2016

Richard Webb Richard Webb Director – Research and Analysis, Service Provider Technology

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Worldwide Ethernet access device (EAD) revenue totaled $958 million in 2015, up 4 percent over the prior year. The market continues to be driven by carrier Ethernet connections for three main applications: backhaul from business buildings and DSLAMs, mobile backhaul, and wholesale carrier-to-carrier—mostly for offnet access to buildings, but also for intra-metro connections.

“Fiber is the present and future of the Ethernet access device market, with many operators moving to fiber as they upgrade building sites and mobile backhaul from TDM to Ethernet. This is driving fiber ahead as the largest and fastest growing of the EAD technologies,” said Richard Webb, research director for mobile backhaul and small cells at IHS. “Over the next few years, the enterprise segment will be particularly strong for EADs, with the mobile backhaul segment in more of a holding pattern in the years prior to 5G-based backhaul upgrading.”

“We’re forecasting the global Ethernet access device market to grow at a 7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2020,” Webb added.

More Ethernet Access Device Market Highlights

  • Fiber grew the most of any Ethernet access device (EAD) technology in 2015 (+6 percent)
  • Ciena was #1 in 2015 EAD revenue market share, followed by Overture and Adva
  • Adva’s acquisition of Overture in early 2016 makes it a strong challenger for market leadership moving forward
  • North America once again outpaced EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America in EAD revenue in 2015—maintaining its lead through the early adoption of higher-capacity ports over fiber
  • Service providers in Latin America only recently started deploying EADs, and EAD revenue in the region grew 23 percent in 2015 over the previous year


EAD Report Synopsis

The IHS Technology Ethernet Access Devices (EADs) Biannual Market Tracker tracks fiber and copper (EFM bonded and EoTDM bonded) EADs by port speed, form factor and application. The report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2020, analysis and trends. Vendors tracked include Accedian, Actelis, Adtran, Adva, Calix, Canoga Perkins, Ciena, Coriant, FibroLan, Fujitsu, Ipitek, MRV, NEC, Nexcomm, Omnitron OMS, OneAccess, Overture, Positron-Aktino, RAD, Tellabs, Telco Systems, Zhone and others.

For more information about the report, contact the sales department at IHS in the Americas at +1 844 301 7334 or; in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at +44 1344 328 300 or; or Asia Pacific (APAC) at +604 291 3600 or

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