10 Gbps Fiber to Grow at a 117 Percent CAGR through 2017

  • Infonetics
CAMPBELL, CA - While 10/100M copper and 1Gbps fiber dominate EAD ports today, 10 Gbps fiber is growing fast, according to market research firm Infonetics Research, which forecasts growth at a 117 percent CAGR through 2017.

Still, Infonetics' latest Ethernet Access Devices market share, market size, and forecasts report, which tracks revenue, units, and ports for copper and fiber Ethernet access devices (EADs), emphasized that copper is still viable in the marketplace.

"People keep saying that copper's dead, but it's not—it has a limited but important role for Ethernet services, as evidenced by the continued growth of EFM (Ethernet in the first mile) bonded copper," notes Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics
Research. "EFM's high capacities and reach make it a useful and effective alternative where fiber isn't justified."

Continues Howard, "While fiber EADs represent the majority of the EAD market, we expect operators to spend a cumulative $1.5 billion on EFM bonded copper EADs over the next 5 years (out of a cumulative $5.8 billion total for all EADs) as they increase the capacity and efficiency of mobile backhaul networks and business connections."


  • For the full year 2012, the global Ethernet access device (EAD) market grew 3.5 percent, to $860 million, with growth hesitating as a result of economic conditions and a lull in carrier spending in the second half of 2012.

  • Though in slow decline, Ethernet over TDM (EoTDM) bonded circuits will remain a niche market, providing an inexpensive way to combine several E1s or T1s.

  • For the second consecutive year, the top five revenue share leaders in the EAD market are (in alphabetical order) Actelis, ADVA, Ciena, Overture and RAD.


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