This IDC study analyzes the U.S. Carrier Ethernet services market. In addition to discussing key trends, it forecasts E-LAN, E-Line, and access circuits/port, and revenue from 2013 to 2017. It also forecasts EPL, EVPL, and VPLS revenue for the same time frame.
"Demand for Ethernet connectivity continues to remain strong with double-digit growth. Today, datacenter connectivity, disaster recovery/business continuity, and datacenter storage replication are the three primary applications driving adoption of Ethernet. Growth is particularly strong with Ethernet access to other services such as dedicated Internet access, IP VPNs, datacenter interconnect, and now private cloud services. Enterprises are continuing to expand the use of Ethernet for VoIP, video, and other real-time applications and are also increasingly interested in on-demand bandwidth. With enterprises increasing their use of cloud-based applications throughout their network and the early use cases of on-demand bandwidth, features such as application performance, Ethernet service assurance, CoS, traffic management, and customer experience requirements will become more critical for Ethernet service providers in differentiating their Ethernet services." — Nav Chander, research manager, Enterprise Telecommunications Services