Optoelectronic transmitter/receiver market to net $20.5 billion by 2006

April 1, 2002

Worldwide consumption of fiber-optic optoelectronic transmitter/receiver pairs used for communication applications reached $4 billion in 2001. It is expected to grow by an average rate of 39% over the next five years to net $20.5 billion by 2006, claims a new report from ElectroniCast Corp. (San Mateo, CA).

North America led global consumption in 2001, capturing 45% of the market, or $1.79 billion. This total is expected to jump to $9.4 billion by 2006, driven by the proliferation of relatively short links in private data and local-loop networks. European optoelectronic consumption will account for 22% of the market in 2006, led by the European Union member states as they transition to open competition in the delivery of broadband services to business and residential customers. Japan/Pacific Rim is also expected to demonstrate strong growth, especially in China for expensive long-haul links.

"The fastest fiber-optic optoelectronics growth over the next five years will be in private data-communication networks, subscriber distribution, and military/aerospace applications," contends ElectroniCast president Stephen Montgomery. "In these markets, fiber optics must compete against the cost of unshielded and shielded twisted-pair copper wire and coaxial cable, with the low-cost copper electronic terminations and connectors. These are applications initially dominated by low data rates up to 1 Gbit/sec and short-to-moderate-length links up to a few hundred meters."

For more information on the new report, "Fiber Optic Optoelectronic Transmitter/Receiver Global Market Forecast," call 650-343-1398 or visit www.electronicast.com.

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