Service provider router and switch market reaches $14 bn: Dell’Oro

The worldwide Service Provider (SP) Router and Switch market eclipsed $14 billion in 2022, according to Dell’Oro Group.
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North America led the worldwide SP Router and Switch market with double-digit growth in 2022. There was an accelerated growth of in SP Router and Switch market in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.

There was a decline in SP Router and Switch market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific. Steep dip in SP Router and Switch business in China led to a double-digit revenue decline in Asia Pacific.

“In North America, sustained demand for IP routers drove the market as telecom and Cloud SPs continued upgrading their networks with products providing 400 Gbps technology capabilities and expanding network capacity to accommodate increasing traffic levels,” said Ivaylo Peev, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.

CALA’s SP Router market recorded 15 percent growth. The region’s growth reflected telecom SPs increasing investments in 5G network build outs, as well as in mobile backhaul infrastructure in Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. In addition, strong demand for residential broadband across the region led to revenue contributions.

Limited access of Chinese router vendors to 400 Gbps-capable ASICs is depressing investments in SP Core networks across China, because operators want to upgrade their networks with the newest available technology.

A slowdown of 5G network build outs and the associated expansion of mobile backhaul networks in China were responsible for the decline of APAC’s SP Edge and Aggregation Switch segment in 2022. Investments will shift to SP core and metro networks, but delays in the planning of China’s SP core network expansions triggered a decline in China’s  Core Router segment in 2H 2022.

Cisco was the top-ranked vendor for the worldwide SP Router and Switch market in 2022 followed by Huawei, Nokia, Juniper, and ZTE, in ranked order. Juniper, Ciena, and Cisco gained the largest market share in 2022.

Juniper’s success was driven by a refreshed MX product family with the firm’s new ASIC, named “Trio-6”. Key contributors were the MX 10000 series chassis and the new small form factor MX304 router, which accelerated adoption in 2H 2022.

Ciena’s double-digit revenue growth was based on an expansion of its SP Router and Switch portfolio (e.g., 8100 series Coherent Aggregation Router), and strong adoption of the Vyatta software within AT&T’s disaggregated routing project.

Cisco’s strength was in the SP Core Router segment, predominately in North America. Growth was driven by the 8000 series router, which augments the flagship NCS5500 series router.