By PR Newswire Press Release

NEW YORK — Worldwide sales of copper-based carrier Ethernet access platforms rose 52% year-over-year to $253 million in 2008, according to the new Carrier Ethernet Access Platform (CEAP) Quarterly Market Tracker service published by Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), the market research division of TechWeb's Light Reading (www.lightreading.com). Copper-based CEAP platforms include Ethernet-over-bonded copper pair (G.shdsl and MIMO on DMT) and Ethernet-over-TDM access circuit solutions.

“The difficult macroeconomy has taken some wind out of the general carrier Ethernet market, but both the Ethernet-over-bonded copper pair and Ethernet-over-TDM access circuit equipment segments held their own in the second half of 2008,” said Stan Hubbard, senior analyst at Heavy Reading and author the CEAP Tracker. “E-o-bonded copper pair platform sales were up 4% quarter-over-quarter following a strong 3Q08, and E-o-TDM access product revenues slipped only 1% sequentially after posting modest growth in 3Q08.”

Heavy Reading estimates that the market for combined E-o-bonded copper pair platform sales is likely to surpass $400 million by 2012. The larger Ethernet-over-fiber demarcation/access switch market is also likely to record significant growth over the next several years.

While operators worldwide are trimming capital spending budgets and/or delaying network infrastructure projects, the promise of a quick return on investment in a handful of months can make it easier to justify expenditures on E-o-copper pair platforms vs. legacy access solutions. Market growth thus far has been fueled primarily by success-based Ethernet business services deployments by operators such as Verizon Business, XO, Level 3, AT&T, Magyar Telekom, Bell Canada, and COLT, but vendors are also generating sales from mobile backhaul, DSLAM backhaul, municipal, enterprise, and military applications.

Hatteras gained several market-share points and extended its leadership of the E-o-bonded copper pair platform segment after posting a record revenue quarter fueled by multiple network builds in the U.S. and Europe. No. 2 Actelis and No. 3 Adtran also registered solid performances in 4Q08. Other E-o-bonded copper pair platform suppliers include Adtran, Zhone, RAD, Aktino, and Nexcomm.

Following its recent acquisition of Ceterus, Overture rose to take the No. 1 share position in the competitive E-o-TDM access circuit market. Overture held a one-point lead over No. 2 ANDA. Other suppliers include No. 3 RAD, ADVA, and ten additional vendors with small market share.

Heavy Reading has identified 74 equipment manufacturers that sell nearly a dozen major types of wireline equipment for Ethernet access, including the three types of next-gen solutions the research firm tracks in the CEAP Quarterly Market Tracker: E-o-TDM access circuit, E-o-bonded copper pair, and E-o-fiber switch/demarcation platforms.

Heavy Reading's Carrier Ethernet Access Platform Quarterly Market Tracker delivers quarter-by-quarter revenue and market-share breakouts for each copper-based CEAP supplier and revenue projections through 2012. The quarterly tracking service also analyzes each vendor's market strategy and identifies and analyzes customer wins, providing granular insight into this emerging market sector unavailable from other sources. It provides a comprehensive list of more than 140 operators and other entities around the world that have purchased CEAP platforms.

Heavy Reading's CEAP Quarterly Market Tracker also includes estimates for Ethernet-over-fiber access platform sales of the suppliers profiled in the report.

The tracker provides in-depth analysis of 12 vendors that are now generating sales from CEAP products, including: Actelis Networks, Adtran, ADVA Optical Networking, Aktino, ANDA Networks, Ciena, Hatteras Networks, MRV Communications, Overture Networks, RAD Data Communications, Telco Systems, and Zhone Technologies.

The CEAP Quarterly Market Tracker is distributed in a convenient, plug-and-play PowerPoint format. Quarterly reports may be purchased individually or as part of an annual subscription service.

  For more information, or to receive a PowerPoint demo of the CEAP   Quarterly Market Tracker, please contact:

Dave Williams Sales Director, Heavy Reading 858-485-8870 [email protected]

Press/analyst contact: Dennis Mendyk Managing Director, Heavy Reading 201-587-2154 [email protected]