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Ascend, Cisco Still Dominate Networking Segment

Things are looking rosy for network equipment vendors, according to the latest stats from Cahners In-Stat Group.

First-quarter revenues for networking hardware increased 20 percent over the fourth quarter of last year. Cahners attributed the strong sales growth to increased demand for virtual private networks and private intranets.

Cisco Systems Inc. remains the leader of remote access hardware sales with more than 50 percent market share. Shiva Corp. and Nortel Networks maintained 14 percent and 10 percent market share, respectively.

Ascend Communications, Cisco and 3com Corp. remain in a three-way race for market share dominance in dial-up trafficking equipment. Ascend leads the market with 31 percent sales share. Cisco and 3Com ended the first quarter with 30 percent and 24 percent sales share, respectively.

Cahners In-Stat Group is a high-technology market research firm publishing specialized business analysis of telecommunications markets in the United States.