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In June 22 IBD in the Internet & Technology section, an article on Nortel compared Q1'99 to Q2'00 fiber optic gear market share.

Co. '99 '00
NT 28% 37%
LU 28% 19%
Fujitsu 13% 12%
Alcatel 10% 11%
Marconi 6% 10%

My question is: Does this show that NT is king of fiber optic gear, at least for now?


From our fantastic new Xerohyped FAQ.

King = Not a gorilla. (And it isn't going to become one, either). As LindyBill pointed out a king is "the Market leader, properly with a two-times lead or better over its closest competitor. If the lead shrinks too far, the king becomes a prince, and we have a kingless market. Because they lack architectural control, and because switching costs are low, they cannot force competitors onto the defensive the way Microsoft, Intel, or Cisco can. Seagate is a king of hard drives."

What all this means in practical terms is a King benefits from a higher economy of scale compared to its rivals.

So, from those figures no, just. A king needs to have at least twice the market share of it's nearest rival. So if Nortel had a 38% share it would. From your figures there are no Kings of the "fiber optic gear market" only Princes.

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