In a post by Earl Zmijewski of Renesys, a number of observations have been made in the effort to rank all Internet service providers in the world for 2008 — globally, geographically, as well as by market segment. Given the controversial nature of such a ranking in the industry, Zmijewski has pointed out that the changes in rank can be far more revealing than the actual rank itself. For instance it is noted that providers who are moving up in the rankings are doing so due, in large measure, to Asia. "China Telecom poised to enter the top-10 'global' providers, despite not being very global. Guess that is easy to do when you 'own' 1/6 of the world's population," says Zmijewski. Findings also include Sprint losing its long held #1 status to Level 3 and Global Crossing surging to #3, leaving their peers behind.
In conclusion, Zmijewski writes: "...market share does not imply profitability or even a well-run network. So we would never suggest you pick your providers based on Renesys rankings alone. While declining market share might indicate a problem, a growing company is worth your business only if they meet your service needs and are going to be around tomorrow. Rankings, by their very nature, cannot take all possible considerations into account, nor can they be tailored for each consumer's needs, and thus they should only be one factor used in making an informed business decision."
To read the report in full, see the full blog post at Renesys.
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