The market remains hopeful as the new government has opted to look at alternative technologies for the network other than the originally proposed Fibre-to-the-Home model.
Top routing vendors for the third quarter were Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel Lucent, Tellabs, Huawei and Brocade.
Cisco also dominated that segment with a 51 per cent share.
According to IDC, over the past year software-defined-networking (SDN) has taken hold, with most telecom equipment vendors announcing and starting to deliver first generation SDN product enhancements.
However, in these early stages, IDC found the various vendor approaches to SDN fragmented, with different vendors still leveraging proprietary architectures for their products.
Marasha said Q3 saw the overall switching and routing markets declining 17 per cent and 15 per cent respectively, year-on-year.
"Taken together with an overall qualitative market view, IDC concludes that part of this decline can be accounted for by cautious spending from organizations that are conscious of SDN and are waiting for a clear standard to emerge before proceeding with investments," he said.
"Over the coming year however, IDC expects multi-vendor offerings to start to emerge." says Tafadzwa Marasha.
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