MultiService Switch market picks up

In-Stat/MDR reports that MultiService switch sales continued to decline in 2003. However, the analyst house is confident that sales will pick up this year.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 21, 2004

MultiService switch sales continued to decline in 2003. In-Stat/MDR reports that this annus horriblus was caused by service providers having over-invested in equipment during the bubble of the late 1990s through 2000, as well as the weakened financial position of many service providers. However, the analyst house expects the MultiService switch market to turn around in 2004. Sales began to increase in the latter half of 2003, as service providers had worked off much of the excess capacity that existed in their networks. In-Stat/MDR identifies various areas of opportunity that will drive future MultiService switch sales, including continued Frame Relay and ATM traffic growth, ATM aggregation of DSLAM traffic, the implementation of IP VPN services with MultiService Switches, the building of wireless infrastructure based on packet voice/data, the evolution to Voice over IP networks, and an increase in video surveillance applications.

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