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Router roundup

Feb 20, 20031 min
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* Worldwide market dropped by 32%, according to firm

The worldwide router market declined by as much as 32% in 2002, according to recently released market share data.

Synergy Research states that the worldwide market for routers dropped from $9.6 billion in 2001 to $6.6 billion in 2002, a decline of 32%. Meanwhile, Dell’Oro Group says the market fell 15%, to $6.1 billion in 2002 from $7.2 billion in 2001.

Dell’Oro cites the slowdown in service provider spending as the culprit behind the year-over-year decrease. Dell’Oro says that capital spending on wireline infrastructure fell 35% last year.

According to Synergy, the worldwide market for service provider edge and core routers dropped from $4.3 billion in 2001 to $2.8 billion in 2002, a decrease of 35%. Cisco’s share of this market rose from 64.6% to 70%, while rival Juniper’s dropped to 16.3% from 20.1% in that time, according to Synergy.

On a quarterly basis, Cisco’s share dropped from 72.9% in the third quarter 2002 to 69.6% in the fouth quarter, while Juniper rose from 19.7% to 20.8%.

Avici stayed flat at 2.2% quarter-to-quarter, while its year-over-year share advanced to 2.4% from 2.2%. In edge routers, Redback’s share fell to 1.6% from 3.3% between the third and fourth quarter, while its year-over-year share gained 2.4%, from 2.2% to 4.6%, according to Synergy.

The overall edge and core router market decreased 1% from the third to fourth quarter, from $640 million to $632 million, Synergy found.

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Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 28 years, 23 at Network World. He covers enterprise networking infrastructure, including routers and switches. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy and at

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