U.S.-based carriers Verizon, AT&T and Level 3 Communications made Vertical Systems Group’s 2012 Global Ethernet Leaderboard, ranking 3, 5 and 7, respectively.
The carriers were outdone by France’s Orange Business and the U.K.’s BT Global Services in the No. 1 and 2 spots. U.K.’s Colt and Japan’s NTT ranked 4 and 6.
“As we forecasted in our midyear readout, the final 2012 Global Provider Ethernet market share results show a realignment at the top of the Leaderboard,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. ”Orange remains the market leader, however BT Global Services gained significant share to move up to second position ahead of Verizon and Colt. The outlook throughout 2013 is heightened competition for market share in this demanding customer segment.”
Vertical’s Global Provider Leaderboard is the industry’s benchmark for measuring multinational Ethernet market presence. Global providers ranked on the leaderboard hold 4 percent or more of retail business Ethernet installations based on billable ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.
Other global providers offering Ethernet services outside of their home countries have port shares that are below the leaderboard threshold. These companies are segmented by share into two tiers: the Challenge and the Market Player tiers.
For year-end 2012, Cogent is the only U.S. company to make the Challenge tier, moving up from the Market Player tier last year. The Market Player tier covers all other global providers selling Ethernet services throughout the world. U.S. providers in this tier include CenturyLink, GTT, Masergy and Zayo Group.
Market shares are calculated using the base of enterprise Ethernet services installations, plus input from Vertical’s surveys of Ethernet providers throughout the world.