The combined Ethernet services and IP MPLS VPN services markets rose 12 percent to $62.6 billion in 2013, said Infonetics Research.
Cloud services accessed via IP VPNs, Ethernet services, and mobile backhaul transport over Ethernet services are driving the growth.
Revenue from Ethernet services delivered on 10GE and 100GE is likely to grow 300 percent between 2013 and 2018.
In 2013, Asia Pacific made up the biggest share of Ethernet services revenue and will continue to do so through 2018.
“Ethernet services will be growing about twice as fast as IP MPLS VPNs through 2017,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.
Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies will change the way service providers operate their networks and, more important, how they deliver services.
The biggest change will come in the types of security services offered over IP MPLS VPNs and Ethernet services—for example, firewalls, SSL VPNs, intrusion detection, parental controls—and the pace at which they’re made available.