LightCounting: Optical transceiver market rose 30% in 2010

JANUARY 24, 2011 -- Global sales of optical interface modules used in telecom and datacom networks exceeded $2.5 billion in 2010, increasing by 30% from the year before, says market research firm LightCounting. The growth was driven by sales of 10-Gbps SFP+ and DWDM modules, including 40-Gbps and even 100-Gbps products, LightCounting says.

JANUARY 24, 2011 -- Global sales of optical interface modules used in telecom and datacom networks exceeded $2.5 billion in 2010, increasing by 30% from the year before, says market research firm LightCounting. The growth was driven by sales of 10-Gbps SFP+ and DWDM modules, including 40-Gbps and even 100-Gbps products, LightCounting says. Sales of wavelength-selective switch (WSS) modules used in ROADMs and tunable lasers were also strong in 2010, growing at 34% and 14%, respectively, the company adds.

LightCounting says recovery in the datacom market started in the second half of 2009, with sales of Ethernet and Fibre Channel transceivers increasing rapidly, at 10% to 30% per quarter. Growth in sales of these products slowed in Q2 2010, but gained momentum again in the second half of the year. Sales of new products such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 8-Gbps transceivers increased by almost 60% in 2010, with short-reach SFP+ modules accounting for most of this growth.

The growth in sales of SONET/SDH and DWDM modules was more modest in the early stages of the recovery, but gained strength in the second half of 2010. The DWDM market segment posted close to 40% growth for the year, according to LightCounting, driven by rapidly increasing sales of fixed-wavelength and tunable 10-Gbps XFP transceivers and 40-Gbps DPSK and DQPSK modules. Sales of SONET/SDH transceivers increased by almost 30% in 2010, mostly due to growth in sales of short-reach OC-768 modules, which jumped by a staggering 160%; suppliers can barely keep up with the demand, LightCounting asserts.

"2010 was an incredibly good year for the optical transceiver market," commented Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO of LightCounting. "We expect that the market growth will continue in 2011, but it will be more moderate at least in the enterprise and storage networking market segments. Market for telecom networking equipment as well as modules and components used in telecom systems is likely to lead the growth this year."

Further analysis of the optical communications market, based on confidential sales data provided by 23 vendors, is presented in a new LightCounting Market Update report released on January 24, 2011.






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