Report: 100G port revenue to surpass $6B by 2017

By 2016, the majority of spending in long-haul networks will be on 100G, forecasts Infonetics Research.

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Infonetics Research has released highlights from its latest 1G/10G/40G/100G Networking Ports report, which explores the demand for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, 40 Gigabit, and 100 Gigabit optical and Ethernet ports, the size of the market and how fast each segment is growing, and which technologies and speeds are being adopted on various types of enterprise and service provider equipment.

“Overall network port shipments and revenue are on a steady upward path as buyers shift to higher bandwidth, but the real action is in high-speed (10G+) port shipments, which we expect to increase almost ten-fold by 2017,” reveals Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

See also: Report eyes convergence of 10G, 40G and 100G networks

According to the new report, spending by service providers and enterprises on 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G network ports grew to $37 billion in 2012, up 4% from the previous year. Infonetics forecasts total network port spending to grow to $52 billion in 2017, driven by growing network traffic and the need to constantly upgrade networks.

Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics and co-author of the report, adds, “For optical ports, 10G will remain the highest-volume speed, but 100G represents the area of the most dramatic growth. Service providers have indicated to us that by 2016, the majority of spending in long-haul networks will be on 100G.”

Notably, the number of 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G network ports shipped is expected to top 430 million in 2013, compared to 146 million 5 years ago. Learn more about the report.

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