Study sees renewed growth in telecom private line market

July 20, 2006
July 20, 2006 -- An Insight Research study finds that after years of contraction, the market for private line services began growing again in 2006, signaling the start of a long anticipated recovery in this $36 billion telecommunications segment.

A market analysis study by Insight Research finds that after years of contraction, the market for private line services began growing again in 2006, signaling the start of a long anticipated recovery in this $36 billion telecommunications segment.

Private lines are point-to-point circuits leased by enterprises from telecommunications carriers in order to link enterprise sites to each other and to the Internet. According to the study, continued growth in the segment will come as a result of the strong demand for private lines to support new telco video services, and as a consequence of industry consolidations that have created price stability in the marketplace for the first time since 2000.

In the study, the firm reports that from 2006 to 2011 the overall private line market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2 percent, reaching $44.1 billion in revenue by 2011.

"For the first time in several years, the prospects for the private line industry are looking up," comments Robert Rosenberg, president of Insight Research. "Private lines will have a role to play in the distribution of video content, and all the recent merger activity we've witnessed has led to a more stable pricing environment. Price cutting was endemic a few years ago, but now we are seeing pricing that looks sustainable."

The firm's "Private Line and Wavelength Services 2006-2011" report evaluates the total private line market and segments by local and long distance private line service revenue, wholesale and retail private line revenue, revenue by type of carrier, revenue by T1, T3, or OC-n circuit class, as well as the number of T1, T3, and OC-n private lines sold.

The 145-page report is priced at $3,995.

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