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Dell’Oro: SD-WAN Market Consolidation Led to a Resurgence in Access Router Market

December 07, 2018 / Ali Longwell

After five consecutive quarters of contraction, the enterprise access router market recorded year-over-year growth, largely due to the availability of routers that support SD-WAN. This is according to a recent report from the Dell’Oro group that found the market grew 5 percent in the third quarter of 2018. Dell’Oro’s Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report showed that in the third quarter of 2018, access router unit shipments approached record levels. Cisco, Huawei, and Chinese telecoms equipment provider H3C were the top vendors in the global marketplace. According to Shin Umeda, vice president at Dell’Oro, the growth is not necessarily the start of long-term growth, but instead as an “indicator of a trend toward SD-WAN market consolidation.” Over the past five quarters the enterprise access router market has weakened due to the consolidation of the SD-WAN market, particularly in the U.S., he said. Specifically, Umeda is referring to C...