In terms of regional development, IDC expects the Middle East and Africa (MEA) switch market to grow the fastest in revenue terms, as governments invest in networking infrastructure to support domestic development and attract foreign investors. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) market, which includes Russia, will post a decline at the beginning of the forecast period, although growth will accelerate toward the end. Over the forecast period, Western Europe (WE) is expected to achieve a higher CAGR than CEE, but significantly lower than MEA, reflecting strong interest in advanced networking solutions tempered by prudent investment behavior.
"IDC believes that, over the 2015–2019 forecast period, the EMEA switch market will achieve a value CAGR of around 3.0%. Market drivers such as video, network-based businesses, network-attached devices, cloud computing, and virtualization, as well as upgrades of campus networks and IoT-induced networking, will be instrumental. In the coming years, we will observe ongoing migrations to higher speeds, both in the datacenter and campus." — Senior Research Analyst Peter Kosinar, Communication Networks and Infrastructure, IDC CEMA