Global metro networks eye $13 billion by 2005

The worldwide metro-optical-network market will increase from $2.9 billion in 2001 to $13 billion by 2005, according to a new report by Pioneer Consulting (Boston, MA) entitled, "Metro Optical Networks: The Emerging Technology Battleground." As the MAN market continues to grow, three major technologies are vying for market share: next-generation SONET, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM.

"The emerging battle in the metro-optical market is for high stakes. Touting not just different products, but also technologies, major equipment vendors are lining up against each other to dominate this market," says Paul Kellett, senior research director at Pioneer Consulting.

"North America clearly leads the metro-optical-networking marketplace over the next five-year period because of its intense competitive environment, leadership in equipment production and supply, concentration of Internet traffic, and metro fiber-optic infrastructure opportunity. The European market will represent the second-largest market through the five-year period because of its intense competition, while other global markets remain well behind as they strive to build-out their core optical-network markets first," explains Douglas McEuen, senior market analyst, optical networks at Pioneer Consulting.

The report examines current solutions and anticipated future trends and provides a five-year optical-networking market forecast. The report can be purchased in both hard copy and electronic formats. A table of contents and executive summary are available by contacting Pioneer Consulting at 617-424-5200 or

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