News Release

Top Industry Analysts Say Cisco Leads in Worldwide Broadband Market

Cisco Takes #1 Position in Broadband DSL Aggregation, Strengthens Position in DSL, Cable
Jun 05, 2000

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 5, 2000 - Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced it is leading the broadband equipment market for service providers. According to recent reports from leading analyst firms Dell'Oro Group, Infonetics Research and Synergy Research , Cisco showed significant market share growth in the broadband aggregation, DSL and cable equipment markets. Cisco achieved the #1 position in the broadband DSL aggregation space, showed the largest market share growth in the DSL access concentrator space, and further extended its #1 market share position in the cable headend segment.

"The industry reports shows how service providers are embracing Cisco's broadband strategy to provide intelligent services to a variety of devices over any broadband network," said Scott Marshall, group vice president of the Cisco Service Provider Access and Aggregation Group and New World Carrier Services Group. "These reports reinforce what service providers and cable operators around the world recognize - that Cisco's broadband products offer the best set of advanced IP services with a broad range of performance options unmatched in the industry."

Broadband Aggregation Leadership

In independent research reports, Infonetics Research and Synergy Research show Cisco has emerged as the clear market share leader in the worldwide DSL aggregation market-for both total units shipped and revenue.

According to the Infonetics report, Cisco ranked number one in both units shipped and total worldwide aggregation revenue for the first quarter of this year. "Our recent publication of 'Service Provider Core and Edge Hardware 1Q00' shows Cisco is the leader in Subscriber Services Routers with almost 55% marketshare of units shipped worldwide and over 40% marketshare in terms of revenues," said Michael Howard, founder and principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "In addition to the Cisco 6400 aggregator, Cisco shipped a new version of the Cisco 7200 IP service platform filling the need for a low-end DSL aggregator in the marketplace."

In a separate report by Synergy Research, Cisco also ranked number one in worldwide broadband aggregation. The company reported Cisco with 47% total market share in units shipped and more than 150% growth in revenue from the prior quarter. "Cisco has shown tremendous growth in the broadband aggregation market, as expressed in our recent research numbers," said Jeremy Duke, president of Synergy Research. "In total revenue, units shipped and total growth quarter-over-quarter, Cisco came out as the number one player in this market space."

DSL Leadership

In addition to achieving market share leadership in the DSL aggregation space, Cisco market share in the worldwide DSL access concentrator/DSLAM space grew dramatically from the fourth quarter of 1999 to the first quarter of 2000. The latest reports from Dell'Oro Group and Infonetics Research show Cisco further increased its strong leadership position as one of the top two vendors in the DSL industry with the largest quarter-over-quarter market share growth in both ports shipped and revenue. The leading competitor lost market share.

"Service providers worldwide are rapidly deploying DSL and Cisco is winning a large part of the market. Our DSL business momentum is growing strong as demonstrated by recent customer announcements including SBC and NorthPoint in the U.S., MobilCom in Gemany, and CANTV in Venezuela," said Marshall. "In addition, customers have been extremely receptive to the new Cisco IP DSL Switch family and GlobalDSL strategy for bringing the true market and service potential of DSL-based broadband access to service providers."

Cable Leadership

Research reports from Dell'Oro Group, Infonetics Research and Synergy Research. for the first quarter of 2000 show that Cisco continues to increase its worldwide leadership in cable headend equipment, including ports shipped and revenue. Cisco achieved market share leadership in the cable headend segment in 1998 when it first introduced the Cisco uBR7200 series Universal Broadband Router, the first Cable Modem Termination Shelf (CMTS) to achieve compliance with the Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard. Cisco is the only provider of cable solutions that are compliant with all major standards, including DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS and Digital Video Broadcast / Digital Audio Video Council (DVB/DAVIC).

"Cisco's continued leadership in the cable headend space confirms acceptance of our strategy to provide standards-based solutions that allow cable operators to deploy the greatest variety of broadband services and customer devices," said Marshall. "With the recent introduction of a Cisco DVB/DAVIC headend, we're giving cable operators the opportunity to deploy any service over the same network, regardless of standard."