Networking technology Ethernet was highlighted as a key cost-cutting initiative in the Practical ways to quickly reduce costs buzz session
at London's Orange Business Live event. Adoption is growing rapidly, according to analyst IDC
. "It is clear the Carrier Ethernet market is growing and that we are past the early adoption phase and into serious deployment mode," says to Eve Griliches, program manager, IDC.
Analysts estimate annual Ethernet services growth at anywhere between 18 and 25%, reckons Dennis Kruse, Metro Ethernet Forum chairman and Vice President of Network Solutions at Orange Business. In this video
he says that Ethernet is popular across all sizes of organisations for applications including Internet access, website hosting, data centre connectivity and intranet connectivity. It can help companies realise savings of 20-30% in connectivity, particularly at high speeds, and can grow bandwidth without having to change equipment, making network planning simpler.
Big investments in technology
To meet the burgeoning enterprise demand, carriers are investing heavily in Ethernet equipment. Recent research from analysts Infonetics
predicted that the carrier Ethernet equipment market will be worth $34 billion by 2013. "Over the 5 years from 2009 to 2013, we expect service providers worldwide to spend a cumulative $146 billion on carrier Ethernet equipment," says Michael Howard, Infonetics Research's Principal analyst for carrier and data center networks.
Telepresence enters sports, movies
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