IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker Shows Moderate Fourth Quarter Growth in Ethernet Switch and Router Markets

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IDC News Release, 2/24/11

Ethernet Switch Market Grew a Healthy 28.1% in 2010

The worldwide Ethernet switch market experienced 28.1% year-over-year growth for the full year 2010, while the worldwide router market performed nearly as well with 17.8% year-over-year growth in 2010, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker. The results reflect a continued recovery and good performance across all regions and key product segments.

“The fourth quarter was a moderately good quarter as a follow on to three quarters of better than 30% growth in the Ethernet switch market,” said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. “Growing 13.4% year over year, but staying relatively flat over the previous quarter, the Ethernet switch market had revenues of $5.35 billion in the fourth quarter (4Q10) and $21.1 billion for the full year 2010. IDC believes that 4Q10 was a quarter of market consolidation after the strong growth from previous quarters. Although the underlying factors that drove growth in the first three quarters of 2010 still look favorable, IDC expects that overall market growth will be more moderate in 2011.”

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