Routers and switches Market Procurement Intelligence Report, 2025

Routers and switches Market Procurement Intelligence, Supplier Intelligence, Supplier Ranking, Pricing & Cost Structure Intelligence, Best Practices, Engagement Model, Low & Best Cost Country, Day One Analysis Report, 2020 - 2025

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  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-P-UC-036
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2018-2019
  • Number of Pages: 0

Procurement Outlook

Routers and switches are network connecting devices. Routers are network layered and are responsible for analyzing the shortest path for a packet to traverse from one network to another. Therefore, its primary objective is to act as a connector between networks. Switches help connect various input and output devices to one network.

Router and switches have become an essential commodity for almost all fields of life requiring access to the internet or connectivity of a local area network (LAN). They form the stepping stones of data exchange and connectivity. Thus, almost every sector is a customer (or a potential) consumer of routers and switches.

Demand Outlook

The global market for routers and switches was valued at USD 39.0 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.48% between 2020 and 2025. The market for routers and switches can be segregated into five major categories. They are internet exchange routers, service provider core routers, multiservice edge routers, Ethernet service edge routers, and ATM switches. Of these internet exchange routers form the largest segment. The industry is expected to move towards a quantum shift due to the usage of high-speed Gigabit Ethernet making Ethernet service edge routers the fastest growing segment. The primary demand will come from the rising adoption of PoE. IoT and cloud computing along with the proliferation of Wi-Fi over devices to provide a comprehensive ecosystem will also result in enterprise WLAN equipment thereby aiding the growth of routers and switches.

Cost Drivers

The recent market trends are the proliferation of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) along with the growing adoption of 100G Ethernet switches. These will not only pose new demand for routers and switches but also result in technological innovation of network architecture and innovations related to hardware (network and switches in this case). The culmination of these will be a product equipped with the capacity of faster transmission of data packets. From a cost perspective, the products will have a greater bill value on the customer fueling the value-driven growth of the market.

The pricing strategies that are most commonly followed in the industry are fixed pricing and cost-plus pricing, both of which ascertain sizable profit margins upon sales. This will ascertain growing profitability per traction of routers and switches.


The routers and switches market is extremely fragmented in nature. The requirement for routers and switches at an enterprise level is company-centric and specific. As such, the product needs to be tailored according to the customer’s specifications. For the off-the-shelf products, the market is flooded with suppliers providing a variety of products with the diverse specification. Since the scope of product differentiation is nominal for off-the-shelf products there are often price wars which bring down the overall profitability of the industry.

Supply Chain

The key providers for routers and switches are CISCO, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks, ZTE Corporation, etc. The routers and switches market features a fragmented competitive landscape and several small players are entering the market. Grand View Research will help our client identify the best-suited suppliers by mapping their core capabilities and operational efficiency.

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Add-on Services

Should Cost Analysis

Component wise cost break down for better negotiation for the client, highlights the key cost drivers in the market with future price fluctuation for different materials (e.g.: steel, aluminum, etc.) used in the production process

Rate Benchmarking

Offering cost transparency for different products / services procured by the client. A typical report involves 2-3 case scenarios helping clients to select the best suited engagement with the supplier

Salary Benchmarking

Determining and forecasting salaries for specific skill set labor to make decision on outsourcing vs in-house.

Supplier Newsletter

A typical newsletter study by capturing latest information for specific suppliers related to: M&As, technological innovations, expansion, litigations, bankruptcy etc.

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