IHS Market Optical Network Hardware Vendor ScorecardIHS Markit Technology recently released its 2019 Optical Network Hardware Vendor Scorecard report. Ciena continues its industry success and momentum by increasing its leadership position in the survey with a combined score increase of almost 10% from last year. For the second year in a row, Ciena secured the highest score overall, with a #1 ranking in market share momentum and as the #2 vendor in market presence categories.

Service provider optical leadership landscape graph

Figure 1: Service provider optical leadership landscape graph 2019, source: IHS Markit 

In addition to strength from continued investment in core technology including the WaveLogic DSPs, IHS Markit indicated that Ciena’s momentum this year also comes from orchestration and automation software and ongoing product enhancements and additions.

In an industry that is constantly evolving, IHS Markit noted Ciena’s recent market introductions such as WaveLogic 5, as drivers of the momentum Ciena has seen in the industry. In addition, the reporting analyst notes Ciena’s continued evolution of the 6500 packet-optical portfolio and Waveserver family of data center–optimized disaggregated transponders as contributors to the company’s strong performance. Finally, the 8180 Coherent Networking Platform (CNP) that combines 400G coherent transport with a 6.4 Tbps packet switch, and the 6500 Reconfigurable Line System (RLS), a programmable, open and modular line system were also called out as adding to its leadership status.

Additionally, IHS Markit highlighted Ciena’s ongoing commitment to IT and software with the creation of an independent Blue Planet business unit focused on software and software-related solutions. 

"As a result of the investments Ciena is making, customers continue to perceive Ciena as the top company in the industry for technology innovation."- IHS Markit, Optical Network Hardware Vendor Scorecard

The only report of its kind, this Scorecard evaluates the top optical network equipment vendors on criteria using concrete data and metrics, including vendor market share, market share momentum, financials, brand recognition, reputation for innovation, direct feedback from buyers and other benchmarks. This approach eliminates subjectivity and ensures vendors are assessed accurately and fairly.

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