The worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) recorded revenues of $7.07 billion in the second quarter of 2019 (2Q19), an increase of 4.8% year over year. Meanwhile, worldwide total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market revenues grew 3.4% year over year in 2Q19 to $3.96 billion. These market results were published today in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Router Tracker.
Ethernet Switch Market Highlights
From a geographic perspective, the 2Q19 Ethernet switch market had mixed results across the globe. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region grew 10.8% year over year, with Russia – the region’s largest market – growing 9.2% and Poland growing 29.6%. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) region also had strong growth at 10.2%; Qatar led the region’s increase with 70.3% growth. Western Europe rose 1.1%, with the Netherlands growing 18.6% within the region.
The USA market grew 10.7% while Canada’s market grew 3.8%. The Latin America region was off 1.2% after Brazil fell 8.3%.
The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) region fell 4.2% year over year. China’s market declined 4.7% year over year while Australia’s market dropped 16.0%.
“Network transformation remains a top priority for enterprises around the globe as they look to expand their businesses and delight customers with agile connectivity,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure. “Increasingly, organizations are realizing the critical role modernizing the network plays in creating a digital business, which will continue to drive growth in the Ethernet switching and enterprise router platforms into the foreseeable future.”
Growth in the Ethernet switch market continues to be driven by the highest-speed switching platforms in the market. For example, port shipments for 100Gb switches rose 58.3% year over year to 4.4 million. 100Gb revenues grew 42.9% year over year in 2Q19 to $1.28 billion, making up 18.1% of the market’s revenue, compared to 13.2% of the market’s revenue a year earlier. 25Gb switches also saw impressive growth, increasing 84.8% to $364.1 million, with port shipments growing 74.5% year over year. Lower-speed campus switches, a more mature part of the market, continue to see moderate growth. 10Gb port shipments rose 2.6% year over year, to make up 27.9% of the market’s revenue. 1Gb switches grew 6.6% year over year in port shipments, making up 40.0% of the market’s total revenues.
A graphic illustrating worldwide market share for the top 5 Ethernet switch companies over the previous five quarters is available by viewing this press release on IDC.com.
Router Market Highlights
The worldwide enterprise and service provider router market grew 3.4% on a year-over-year basis in 2Q19, with the major service provider segment, which accounts for 75.9% of revenues, increasing 2.0% and the enterprise segment of the market growing a healthy 8.0%. From a regional perspective, the combined service provider and enterprise router market increased 2.7% in APeJ, with the service provider segment increasing 3.8%. Japan’s total market grew 7.0% year over year. Revenues in Western Europe rose 5.2% year over year, while the CEE combined enterprise and service provider market grew 15.2% year over year. The MEA region was up 7.4%. In the USA, the enterprise segment was up 18.8%, but service provider revenues fell 6.4%, causing the total market to decline 0.8% year over year. Canada’s market rose 9.2% year over year and the Latin American market grew 8.1%.
Cisco finished 2Q19 with an 6.8% year-over-year increase in overall Ethernet switch revenues and market share of 51.1%. In the hotly contested 25Gb/100Gb segment, Cisco is the market leader with 38.8% of the market’s revenue. Cisco’s campus/branch Ethernet switch revenue increased 14.3% year over year. Meanwhile, Cisco’s datacenter switching revenue declined 3.2% year over year in 2Q19. Cisco’s combined service provider and enterprise router revenue rose 6.6% year over year, with enterprise router revenue increasing 16.2% and SP revenues growing 1.1%. Cisco’s combined SP and enterprise router market share increased to 36.8%, up from 35.7% in 2Q18.
Huawei’s Ethernet switch revenue rose 18.9% on an annualized basis, giving the company market share of 9.7%. The company’s combined SP and enterprise router revenue rose 1.5% year over year with a market share of 31.1%.
Arista Networks saw Ethernet switch revenues increase 15.4% in 2Q19, bringing its share to 7.3% of the total market, up from 6.6% a year earlier. 100Gb revenues accounted for 65.4% of the company’s total revenue, indicating the company’s focus on hyperscale and cloud providers and select large enterprise segments.
HPE‘s Ethernet switch revenue declined 6.3% year over year, giving the company a market share of 5.8%.
Juniper‘s Ethernet switch revenue declined 19.6% in 2Q19, bringing its market share to 2.9%. Juniper saw a 15.0% decline in combined enterprise and SP router sales, bringing its market share in the router market to 10.5%.
“The dynamics of both the Ethernet switching and the router markets continue to evolve,” noted Petr Jirovsky, research director, IDC Networking Trackers. “The Ethernet switch market continues to see its most robust growth from the highest-speed switching platforms, led by the continued build-out of datacenter capacity by hyperscale and cloud service providers. The router market, meanwhile, is being driven by enterprises looking to connect to an increasing array of applications in conjunction with SD-WAN at the edge of their networks. Both these trends are in varying degrees of maturity around the globe, but they will combine to continue to drive these markets into the coming years.”
The IDC Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and the Quarterly Router Tracker provide total market size and vendor shares for the Ethernet switch and router technologies in an easy-to-use Excel pivot table format. The geographic coverage for both the Ethernet switch market and the router market includes eight major regions (USA, Canada, Latin America, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Japan, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa) and 60 countries. The Ethernet switch market is further segmented by speed (100Mb, 1000Mb, 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, 50Gb, 100Gb), product (fixed managed, fixed unmanaged, modular), and layer (L2, L3, ADC). Measurement for the Ethernet switch market is provided in vendor revenue, value, and port shipments. The router market is further split by product (high-end, mid-range, low-end, SOHO), deployment (service provider, enterprise), connectivity (core, edge), and the measurements are in vendor revenue, value, and unit shipments.
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