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Cisco posts 45% rise in 2010 PoE port sales

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Power over Ethernet? PoE ports? sales growth? 2010 market?

Cisco Systems registered a 45-percent sales jump of its Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports last year, although industry-wide PoE port sales remained flat, according to market intelligence company In-Stat.

According to In-Stat's paper entitled, "4Q10 Ethernet Switch Database: By Region, Form Factor, Wire Speed, OSI Layer, and Vendor," In-Stat disclosed Cisco sold 42,381,785 PoE ports in 2010reversing the company's sluggish 2009 sales performance. PoE technology refers to the IEEE 802.3af standard and enables Ethernet cables to safely carry electrical power, along with data, for network devices, explained Brad Shaffer, an analyst at In-Stat. It can be used to power IP telephones, wireless LAN access points, cameras with PTZ, remote Ethernet switches, embedded computers, thin clients and liquid-crystal display (LCD) devices.

However, In-Stat said shipments of PoE ports remained relatively flat in 2010, accounting for only 15.6 percent of total port shipments, industry-wide.

Aside from Cisco, the two other top PoE port vendorsNETGEAR and HP Networkingalso scored increases in their 2010 shipments, posting 36 percent and 33 percent sales growths, respectively, Shaffer said.

In terms of volume, the In-Stat paper reports that HP Networking ranked second with 6,304,500 PoE ports sold in 2010, followed by NETGEAR whose PoE port sales totaled 1,632,139 units last year.

The report provides a highly-detailed discussion of the worldwide Ethernet switch market for the years 2008-2010, breaking down port shipments and manufacturers' revenues under the categories: region, form factor, wire speed, OSI layer and vendor.

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