The Worldwide Carrier Routing & Switching market decreased both quarter over quarter and year over year, 10.6% and 6.6% respectively, posting revenues of $2.6 billion in Q1.
Although the US economy has improved slightly and there is an increase in global carriers’ CapEx, ACG Research anticipates that the service provider switching and router market will increase slightly in 2013. There are, however, some positive signs in the market; in EMEA, the Middle East and in some parts of Africa the growth is solid and expected to continue throughout 2013.
Countries in Europe are still contending with floundering and unstable economies; organizations and governments have maintained persistence in their demands for changes in exchange for bailouts. For all vendors Europe and the public/government sectors continue to be challenging markets. Service providers in Europe have indicated that they need to spend on their networks or risk falling behind to competitors and ultimately becoming obsolete. Whether they will remains to be seen.
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