Global sales of Ethernet switches rose by five percent last year to stand at $21.7 billion.
Why the surge?
According to a report from IHS, it’s all about investments to network infrastructure to satisfy demands by applications.
China showed particularly strong growth last year with revenue up by 17 percent compared to the year before.
Sales of 10GE switches are slowing but even so, port shipments grew 27 percent last year.
But shipments of 40GE ports tripled last year, and revenues doubled.
40GE port shipments were outstripped by 100GE ports – which grew sixfold last year.
And white box switches – often supplied by players including Amazon and Google also showed strong growth.
Cisco only managed to boost its Ethernet switch sales by one percent in the fourth quarter of last year, but IHS thinks the giant company is turning its fortunes round.