Infonetics research has reported total network port spending to grow to $52 billion in 2017.
“Overall network port shipments and revenue are on a steady upward path as buyers shift to higher bandwidth, but the real action is in high-speed (10G+) port shipments, which we expect to increase almost ten-fold by 2017,” notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.
Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics and co-author of the report, adds: “For optical ports, 10G will remain the highest-volume speed, but 100G represents the area of the most dramatic growth. Service providers have indicated to us that by 2016, the majority of spending in long-haul networks will be on 100G.”
The other findings shared by Infonetics includes:
Spending by service providers and enterprises on 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G network ports grew to $37 billion in 2012, up 4% from the previous year
The number of 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G network ports shipped is expected to top 430 million in 2013, compared to 146 million 5 years ago
Infonetics forecasts 100G port revenue to total over $6 billion by 2017, coming mostly from the service provider segment