Verizon gets the 3rd spot in the Lighthouse Telecoms Index

US-headquartered operator Verizon has moved to the 3rd spot this month in the Lighthouse Telecoms Index edging out Ericsson. Apart from reporting a strong 3rd quarter growth the firm has also topped the Uptime Institute’s list of most reliable data centers.

Nortel, recognized by Gartner as a leader in the SONET Equipment market, has also moved up 2 positions this month and is now at the 5th spot.

The biggest mover this month is PCCW which has jumped up 11 spots and is the only firm this month to enter the top 25. The firm is ranked as having the second largest subscriber base of IPTV services and is the focus of telecom analysts describing the Hong Kong mobile market. Extreme Networks has jumped up 9 positions based on news about some great financial growth and new products. Enterasys which announced a new 10 Gigabit Intrusion Detection & Prevention System has also gone up 9 positions and is now at the 40th spot.

Brocade is the biggest loser this month as it dips to the 43rd position which is the lowest it has gone since February 2007. The firm has announced new features in its flagship Brocade 48000 Director product but apparently has yet to get analysts talking about it. Cingular, which slipped out of the Telecoms top 25 last month, has lost another 7 positions and is now ranked at the 33rd spot. Motorola, which slipped 1 position last month, has dropped another 2 spots this month and is now ranked at the 7th position. Hopefully its strategic investments in ViVOtech and expansion in EMEA region will help it regain lost ground in the coming months. ZTE is the only firm to have dropped out of the top 25 as it lost 1 position and is now ranked at 26th spot.

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Duncan Chapple