High density 40/100 gigabit Ethernet testers drive overall market revenues!


With data centre activities and cloud-based services rapidly gaining importance in the communications industry, the global Ethernet test equipment market has been witnessing a constant evolution of complex next-generation solutions. As carrier Ethernet for cloud access continues to gain traction owing to its bandwidth scalability, security and ease of management, demand for Ethernet test equipment will grow worldwide. Adoption of 40/100 gigabit Ethernet testers, in particular, will contribute to market revenues.

New analysis from Frost & SullivanHigh Growth Testing Opportunities—Global Ethernet Test Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenues of €688 million (US$943 million) in 2012 and estimates this to reach €1.03 billion (US$1.41 billion) in 2017.

“Gigabit Ethernet vendors are investing in R&D to address changing end-user technologies, meet specific requirements with high-performance test solutions, offer best value for money, and ensure highest quality of experience,” said Measurement and Instrumentation Research Analyst Prathima Bommakanti. “On the other hand, the evolving pattern of operating technologies and shifting customer needs is intensifying competition in the Ethernet test market.”

While the optimum service delivery levels of major market participants pose a concern for small and medium-sized companies, the explosive growth in data centre activities makes it attractive for even big companies to create a niche through technologically advanced product introductions and frequent upgrades.

Market participants must offer innovative, multi-functional Ethernet test equipment and solutions with sophisticated capabilities that save on both time and cost. This is especially crucial as the new breed of technicians is trained in multiple technologies unlike the older lot, where each technician specialised in one technology.

“Test equipment vendors that deliver superior capabilities at competitive prices will find themselves best poised to boost market shares,” noted Bommakanti. “Companies that have a keen eye to address customer concerns such complex device under test and high-price points will also build a robust advantage over competitors and enjoy market leadership.”

Ethernet test market! #TandM

40/100 GbE test equipment to make strongest gains and register triple digit growth rates

An increase in datacentre activities, rapid growth of the 40/100 GbE market, mobile backhaul applications, and infrastructure development by end users to accommodate gigabit Ethernet are driving the global Ethernet test equipment market.

ethernetconnNew analysis from Frost & Sullivan,  High Growth Testing Opportunity: Global Ethernet Test Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $822.5 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach €905.2m ($1225.7 m) in 2016. The 1 GbE, 10 GbE and 40/100 GbE test equipment segments are expected to grow at single, double and triple digit rates, respectively.

Modern datacentre technologies including virtualisation, converged datacentre networks and cloud computing are changing the designs of traditional datacentres. These newer designs require higher bandwidth; 40/100 GbE equipment is better suited to the core and aggregation layers.

“With constantly evolving processor performance, it is anticipated that the 40/100 GbE interfaces will become the default requirement,” noted Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Industry Analyst Prathima Bommakanti. “This has led to a corresponding demand for 40/100 GbE test equipment.”

End-user demand for high density test equipment is considered both a driver and a challenge for Ethernet test equipment vendors. While it offers immense growth opportunities, test vendors are constantly being challenged to keep their products aligned with the market’s emerging functional test requirements – such as Layer4 wire-speed TCP/IP testing, Y.1564, 1588v2/SYNC, and IPv6 – even while continuing to provide value for money.

As technology improves and port count increases, end users are becoming accustomed to purchasing test solutions with greater capabilities across a range of technologies. Equipment prices have steadily fallen over the last few years even as end users have been pressured to create efficiencies and reduce unnecessary expenditure.

“The increasing complexity of protocols and the concurrent development of different standards call for Ethernet test equipment with greater testing capabilities,” remarked Bommakanti. “However, as protocols become more difficult to comply with, it will be a greater challenge for the test equipment to provide the desired results.”

Market prospects will be boosted by continued efforts by manufacturers to overcome the glitches inherent in advanced technologies and to offer competitive products. Rapidly evolving end-user technologies will motivate test vendors to focus on R&D and product introductions that best address customer needs.

Shielded copper cabling solutions favoured


The world’s first independent 10GBASE -T comparative study

The AmpNetconnect business unit of Tyco Electronics(TE) is one of the companies supporting the world’s first independent study of UTP (unshielded twisted pair) and STP (shielded twisted pair) systems for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) communications, which has recently been completed by third-party test laboratory GHMT AG.

Does a shielded cabling system provide better protection against Background Noise and AlienNEXT effects than an unshielded cabling system???
While this has always been the assumption of most cabling engineers around the globe, it has now been proven by this comparative live test study of the GHMT AG!

Since its establishment in 1992 as a vendor-independent and impartial test lab, GHMT AG has been concerned with the complex field of physical transmission security in networks, computer centres and industrial plants. The facility provides high-end services including analyses, expert opinions and concepts, as well as tests, expert inspections and the development of installation standards in the areas of cabling and systems, electromagnetic compatibility and wireless applications.

The first-of-a-kind comparative study, which evaluated two U/UTP and one F/UTP and two S/FTP systems from five market-leading vendors, offers conclusive proof that the ideal cabling infrastructure system to support 10GBASE-T and larger applications is shielded copper.

“With the growing demand for IP bandwidth and end-user driven broadband services for transmitting huge quantities of data or multimedia entertainment files, there is a need to guarantee the performance of high-speed communications technologies like 10 Gigabit Ethernet”, comments David Richens, Senior Systems Application Engineer for Tyco Electronics’ AmpNetconnect business unit in Britain: “For the first time, the industry now has a detailed insight into these performance aspects, backed by detailed evaluation from a world-leading independent test house.”

The tests were conducted ‘live’ using real 10GBASE-T equipment and traffic in environmental conditions established in international MICE (mechanical, ingress, chemical and electromagnetic) classifications.

The study was conducted by GHMT AG, an independent test laboratory founded in 1992. GHMT is an ISO/IEC 17025 certified third-party laboratory and one of the world’s leading cabling test houses. GHMT specialises in cabling and
systems, EMC analysis and concepts, as well as wireless applications.

Key findings in the study include the fact that 10GBASE-T is very noise sensitive because of the higher transmission frequency and lower signal levels caused by more complex coding schemes. In this context, shielded systems offer high coupling attenuation and therefore extraordinary ANEXT (alien cross-talk) and EMC performance, whereas unshielded systems show significantly weaker ANEXT performance and coupling attenuation because of balance-only based noise reduction.

In the GHMT evaluation, unshielded systems failed four out of five electromagnetic immunity tests as specified by the international MICE definitions to describe different environmental levels. In contrast, shielded systems work with 10GBASE-T ‘by design’, UTP systems require an increased level of time consuming and costly ‘immunity installation’

Read the details of this study.