“After a subdued 3Q15, this quarter’s results represent a much-needed boost to the optical hardware market, with revenues demonstrating the fastest-growing fourth quarter for five years.Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent, in particular, performed well in the quarter, both gaining significantly in share compared to 3Q15,” said Alex Green, senior research director for IT and networking at IHS.
OPTICAL HARDWARE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS:
· In the 4th quarter of 2015 (4Q15), worldwide optical spending was $3.5 billion, up 17 percent sequentially, and up 10 percent from the year-ago quarter (4Q14)
· Spending on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) equipment in 4Q15 totaled $3.1 billion, up 18 percent from 4Q14
· EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) has not yet come out of its era of slow optical spending, showing a rolling quarter decline of 3 percent in 4Q15
· And in North America there was somewhat of a bounce back in Q4 after a flat Q3, with the region seeing 5 percent rolling 4-quarter growth
· For the full-year 2015, the top 5 optical hardware market share leaders are, in rank order, Huawei, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE and Infinera.
Editors note: it’s somewhat surprising that neither Cisco Systems or ADVA Optical Networking are among the top 5 optical network equipment vendors.
OPTICAL REPORT SYNOPSIS:
The quarterly optical network hardware report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2020, analysis and trends for metro and long haul WDM and SONET/SDH equipment, Ethernet optical ports, SONET/SDH/POS ports and WDM ports. Companies tracked: Adtran, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, ECI, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, NEC, Padtec, Transmode, TE Connectivity, ZTE, others.
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Separately, the global passive optical network equipment market was valued at US$24.81 bn in 2014, at a CAGR of 20.7% from 2015 to 2023 to account for US$163.5 bn in 2023, according to a report by Transparency Market Research “Passive Optical Network (PON) Equipment Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 – 2023.“
High investment in research infrastructure along with technological advancements in Asia Pacific serve as excellent opportunities for the market and is anticipated to augment the growth of the PON equipment market in the coming years.
By components, the global PON equipment market is subdivided into optical cables, optical power splitters, optical filters and wavelength division multiplexer/de-multiplexer. Wavelength division multiplexer/de-multiplexer is flexible and low cost solution. Moreover, these components enable operators to make full use of the available bandwidth. Thus, wavelength division multiplexer/de-multiplexer was the largest contributor in the PON equipment market in 2014, accounting for a market share of approximately 50%.
The global PON equipment market, by structure, is classified into two segments: Ethernet passive optical network equipment (EPON) and gigabit passive optical network equipment (GPON). GPON was the largest contributor in the PON equipment market in 2014, accounting for the market share of more than 65%, particularly due to wide implementation of GPON equipment in corporate and government projects. Moreover, GPON provides advanced security, higher bandwidth and larger downstream rate compared to EPON. Thus, the usage of GPON equipment is increasing at a rapid rate.
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The gigabit passive optical network equipment market, by components, is classified into two segments: – optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network terminal (ONT). ONT occupied the largest market share in 2014, accounting for approximately 64%, owing to low cost of optical network terminals and increasing demand among end users.
The Ethernet passive optical network equipment market, by components, is bifurcated into two segments: – optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network terminal (ONT). ONT acquired the largest market share in 2014, accounting for approximately 62%, owing to increasing usage of optical network terminals among customers.