25 Feb CenturyLink tops Vertical Systems Group’s Ethernet Leaderboard
CenturyLink ended 2019 on top of Vertical Systems Group’s Ethernet Leaderboard while Spectrum Enterprise vaulted over Verizon for third place. AT&T was second overall while Verizon came in fourth followed, in order, by Comcast Business, Windstream Enterprise and Cox Business. In order to qualify for the a Leaderboard ranking, service providers needed to have 4% or more market share of U.S. Ethernet services. Comcast had the highest year-over-year market share growth across the 2019 Leaderboard providers.
“The base of U.S. Ethernet ports increased by 8.9% in 2019, buoyed by healthy demand for higher speed access to cloud, internet and VPN services,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group, in a statement. “During the past year, Ethernet providers focused on better monetizing service features to expand their existing business, while introducing streamlined offers to target the needs of the SMB market.”
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Six companies attained a 2019 “Challenge Tier” ranking by Vertical Systems Group: Altice USA, Cogent, Frontier, GTT, Sprint and Zayo. The Challenge Tier included providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market.
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Some of the big U.S. Ethernet market trends for last year included:
• Retail U.S. Ethernet installations increased 8.9% to more than 1.25 million customer ports.
• Price compression, particularly for high speed services, continues to limit Ethernet revenue growth.
• Ethernet is the WAN underlay of choice for carrier managed SD-WAN solutions requiring secure, dedicated high-speed connectivity.
• Active fiber build-outs across the U.S. are enabling Ethernet footprint expansions to serve a broader base of mid-market customers.
• Ethernet service enhancements are providing customers with improved performance, faster installations, and more flexible network configurations.