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D-Link, 3Com/H3C and Linksys Make Gains in Challenging Ethernet Switch Market

Economic uncertainty over the past several quarters has resulted in an industry-wide slowdown in the Ethernet switch equipment market, with direct impact on both port shipments and revenues.  Slowing was most pronounced in the unmanaged, smart, and fully-managed product lines for most vendors.

However, some vendors were able to find success during the downturn, according to In-Stat (

  • D-Link gained considerable market share in the Smart segment.

  • The growth in port shipments for 3Com's H3C branded equipment, sold mainly in China, is significantly outpacing the growth of domestic vendors competing in the same segments.

  • Linksys was the only vendor to achieve growth in the unmanaged, smart, and fully-managed segments.

Slowing was most apparent for vendors relying heavily on the domestic market and expensive, high-end product lines. Smart product lines gained market share due to declines in unmanaged and fully-managed product lines.

The following are some data highlights from the research.

Total Unmanaged Port Shipments for the Top Five Vendors (Ports in Thousands)

Total Smart Port Shipments for the Top Five Vendors (Ports in Thousands)

Total Managed Port Shipments for the Top Five Vendors (Ports in Thousands)

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  2Q09 Ethernet Switch Tracker (#IN0904484LS), which covers the Ethernet switch market. Market shares for a wide range of Ethernet switch vendors are provided based both on port shipments and manufacturers' revenue for the quarter. In addition, port shipments and manufacturers' revenue are reported for the five quarters previous to 2Q09. The data is highly segmented including:

  • By OSI Layer (L2, L3, and L4-7).
  • By equipment configuration (Fixed vs. Modular).
  • By Speed (Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet).
  • Cross segmentation for greater granularity; for example, L2 Fixed Fast Ethernet.
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This research is part of In-Stat's Ethernet Switch Tracker. Vendor market shares are provided based on unit shipments and manufacturer's revenue. The data is segmented by technology and form factor for each equipment type.

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