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CAMBRIDGE, UK,11 July, 2001 – A new report, Gigabit Ethernet: the solution to the MAN bandwidth bottleneck?, published this week by Analysys Research – the global advisors in telecoms and new media (

The report examines the bandwidth shortfall in the metropolitan area network (MAN), compares the technologies currently available, and builds a persuasive argument for why many players in the MAN will find gigabit Ethernet the most attractive technology for the future.

“The surge of data traffic over the past few years has legacy networks crumbling under the pressure and is creating a need for a contemporary transformation of network design, built to accommodate the demands of high-bandwidth wide area data traffic,” says lead author Maja Kecman. “Gigabit Ethernet is fast becoming a contender to established MAN technologies. Currently the most economical solution for data-only transport, gigabit Ethernet will soon prove able to handle advanced services such as toll-quality voice, video streaming and intelligent VPNs.”

The report provides an overview of the current state of the MAN, forecasts bandwidth demand to 2006 and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) and gigabit Ethernet networks. Stressing the cost advantages of deploying Ethernet, the paper argues that it offers particular advantages to operators providing data services who do not have a legacy network infrastructure.

Gigabit Ethernet: the solution to the MAN bandwidth bottleneck? provides a balanced analysis of the technologies in the MAN, vital for those that want to exploit the available opportunities and create appropriate strategies. It is essential reading for chief technical officers, IT managers and network decision makers employed by incumbent operators, competitive local exchange carriers and vendors.

Written by Maja Kecman, Pritpal Warner and Margaret Hopkins, Gigabit Ethernet: the solution to the MAN bandwidth bottleneck? is published by Analysys Research and available, with one hour analyst support, either in paper format or electronically via the Web priced at £1000 (US$1700) and £1250 (US$2125) respectively. For more information please email Roger Courtney at, or call +44 (0)1223 341300. An executive summary is available to journalist upon request.

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