External optical modulators employed in commercial communication transmission links

Electro-optic (EO) modulator types will gain more market share than their electroabsorption (EA) counterparts by 2014, according to a new market forecast from ElectroniCast Consultants.

MAY 10, 2010 -- Electro-optic (EO) modulator types will gain more market share than their electroabsorption (EA) counterparts by 2014, according to a new market forecast from ElectroniCast Consultants. The market research and technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber-optics communications industry has released a new report on the global market consumption and technology trends of external optical modulators, used in commercial communication transmission links.

“The forecast is broken-out by bit-rates and technology-type,” says Stephen Montgomery, president of International Business at ElectroniCast. “In terms of volume (quantity/units), electroabsorption (EA) modulator types held a 57 percent share versus the electro-optic (EO) types in 2009; however, the EO-types are priced higher, so in terms of consumption value, the EO-types are grabbing nearly 60 percent of the worldwide market in 2010. As we look at 2014, the electro-optic types will gain more market share as the 40- and 100-Gbps deployments intensify.”

The market research report provides the optical modulator market forecasts in terms of Quantity (number of units), Average Selling Prices (ASPs) per unit, and Consumption Values. The market share (2009) of the leading manufacturers of optical modulators is presented.

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