Verizon Moves Up On Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard


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Vertical Systems Group announces its U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard results for Mid-Year 2017. The following eight companies achieved Leaderboard  status (rank order based on retail port share): AT&T, Level 3, Verizon (includes XO), Spectrum Enterprise, CenturyLink, Comcast, Windstream and Cox.

To qualify for the LEADERBOARD, providers must have four percent or more of the U.S. Ethernet services market. Shares are measured by the number of customer ports in service as tracked by Vertical Systems Group, with input from surveys of Ethernet providers.

Verizon advances to third from fourth position on the LEADERBOARD, with the addition of Ethernet ports from its acquisition of XO, which was completed in February 2017 (XO was ranked seventh overall at the end of 2016). Other providers selling Ethernet services in the U.S. are segmented into two tiers as measured by port share. The first, or Challenge Tier, includes providers with between one percent and four percent share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market. For Mid-Year 2017, the following companies attained a position in the Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Altice USA, Cogent, Sprint, Frontier and Zayo.

“While the pace of growth has slowed from the market ramp years, demand for Carrier Ethernet services remains very strong in 2017,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “The revenue and profitability outlooks for many providers are improving as fiber buildouts are completed and pricing begins to stabilize.”

August 23, 2017

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