AT&T Leapfrogs Verizon, Level 3 Holds Steady in Global Ethernet

Vertical Systems Group’s latest Ethernet rankings put three U.S.-based companies in the top seven globally.

The data-network researcher placed AT&T, Verizon and Level 3 Communications fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively on its Mid-Year 2015 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard. France’s Orange Business topped the list, followed in second place by the U.K.’s BT Global Services and Colt, also of the U.K., in third.

The rankings are based on port share outside of the providers’ home countries. To crack the top seven, you must have a share of 4 percent or more.

Competition is fierce, resulting in some movement among the leaders since VSG’s last tally. Verizon slipped from fifth to third place, while Colt and AT&T each moved up a notch.

Vertical Systems Group also compiled a Challenge Tier that includes companies with between 2 and 4 percent market share. Alphabetically, they are Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange (India), SingTel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.).

In what continues to be an economic environment with question marks, Ethernet seems to be a real steady Eddie.

“Because carrier Ethernet is considered a strategic technology and cost saving measure by most global enterprises, we don’t forecast a significant drop off in deployments in the second half of the year even if economic conditions remain sluggish,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group.

VSG notes that MEF CE 2.0 certification has become particularly significant for deployment of Ethernet services. Among the seven companies that made the leaderboard, Colt, AT&T, Verizon and Level 3 all have the certification. SingTel and Vodafone, from the Challenge Tier, also have it.

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