MAN equipment providers face testing time

Metropolitan area network (MAN) test equipment vendors must evolve their solutions to meet the growing efficiency and data demands of the metro market.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 28, 2003

According to research group, Frost & Sullivan, the challenge for metropolitan area network (MAN) providers is to provide greater amounts of data traffic in a more efficient manner. Furthermore, the group says the metro test equipment vendors must also evolve their game to provide testing solutions for the growing market.

Frost & Sullivan expects the world MAN test equipment market to grow steadily over the coming years, moving from US$565.8 million in 2002 to US$836.4 million by 2009. Much of the current growth in the market has been driven by the development of technologies, such as Gigabit Ethernet, next generation SONET and coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM).

“It is expected that many of these technologies will co-exist during the next few years before one actually takes over. MAN test equipment vendors need to assess the potential of each network technology that is under research to decide on the development of appropriate testing solutions,” says Jessy Cavazos, research analyst, Frost & Sullivan.

“Going forward, vendors that provide comprehensive, flexible and upgradeable testing solutions are more likely to increase their market presence in the metro space,” he adds.

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