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ATM USERS TO MIGRATE TO IP-VPN AND/OR CARRIER ETHERNET.

Current Analysis has announced the findings of a survey of business migration plans for next-generation WAN services. Among the results are indications that while significant numbers of enterprises still employ legacy wide area networking services such as ATM and frame relay, for many, the transition of those networks to next-generation IP/MPLS and Carrier Ethernet services is imminent.

The majority of ATM and frame relay users who responded to the survey plan to migrate part or all of their enterprise networks to IP-VPN and/or Carrier Ethernet services within the next two years. IP VPNs are the preferred alternative for 75% of those planning to migrate from frame relay services, although 61% of ATM users are planning to implement Ethernet as well. Among the decision factors behind the migration plans were the need for higher bandwidth at lower cost, and the trend towards convergence of voice, video and data services.

In addition, the survey reveals that Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) are not widely used at this time, and network managers are not well-educated about VPLS. Most respondents indicated no plans to deploy VPLS, and 40% did not know whether their carrier offered the service. However, of those users that had evaluated VPLS, 48% strongly preferred it to ATM and frame relay, suggesting that VPLS can provide carriers with an effective means of encouraging customers to migrate away from legacy services.

"Incumbent service providers are challenged as more businesses demand IP and Ethernet services, yet many of their largest enterprise customers continue to operate aging ATM and frame relay networks," said David Hold, Senior Analyst for Network Services. "However, our survey indicates that the majority of those legacy users are ready to make the move to next-gen services," he noted. "This presents both an opportunity and a threat for the incumbents, since customers in transition are vulnerable to poaching by competitors touting the latest network technologies."

The Current Analysis study surveyed small, medium and large customers of providers such as AT&T (and BellSouth), Level 3, Verizon, Time Warner, Qwest, Broadwing, OnFiber, Sprint/Nextel, American Fiber System, Cablevision/Optimum Lightpath, Charter Business, Cogent, Comcast, and more.

For more details please visit: http://www.currentanalysis.com/ci/wan/ or, to purchase the study please call Alex Wassiliew, VP Sales Infrastructure, at 703-788-3660 (awassiliew@currentanalysis.com <mailto:awassiliew@currentanalysis.com>)

About Current Analysis

Current Analysis (http://www.currentanalysis.com/) has been helping leading technology companies improve their competitive responsiveness since 1997. Sales teams, product managers, and marketing professionals rely on Current Analysis for the latest competitive analysis and tactical advice. Current Analysis' structured, rapid competitive response solutions help companies improve their business performance and create a repeatable process advantage over competitors. The company serves more than 30,000 users at over 200 enterprise clients across the telecommunications, networking, and business software industries.

For more information, visit http://www.currentanalysis.com or call 703/788-3656.
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