Upward trend forecast for global consumption of fiber-optic isolators

Fiber-optic isolators are used to prevent laser-output degradation resulting from backreflection of inline components such as connectors, couplers, and erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs). They also prevent backscatter on the optical fiber itself. A new report from ElectroniCast Corp. forecasts a steady rise in the global consumption value of fiber-optic isolators, from $282.4 million in 1998 to $1.34 billion in 2008.

The San Mateo, CA-based market-analysis firm presents a 10-year (1998 to 2008) forecast for two segments of fiber-optic isolators used in optical-signal processing-free space and pigtail-in its report, Fiber Optic Isolator Global Market Forecast.

Free-space isolator consumption will increase from $29.3 million in 1998 to nearly $137 million in 2008, averaging a 23.5% annual growth rate from 1998 to 2003 and 10.2% from 2003 to 2008. Pigtail isolators, also referred to as "module isolators," will reach a consumption value of $1.2 billion by 2008, up from $253 million in 1998. The average annual growth rate of pigtail isolators will be 18.3% from 1998 to 2003, and 15.5% from 2003 to 2008.

The North American market share of 38%, or $108 million, in 1998 will increase at an average annual growth rate of 20.3% through 2003, reaching $271.6 million. Strong growth is expected to continue at an average rate of 18.1%, which will lead to a market of $624.9 million by 2008. Telecommunications held 58% of the global market consumption value in 1998 and is expected to maintain that lead with 55% in 2008. Premises data network and specialty applications markets will demonstrate the fastest average annual growth as fiber-optic cable is driven closer to the desktop.

ElectroniCast's complete report is available by calling Theresa Hosking at (650) 343-1398; fax (650) 343-1698; or e-mail: theresa@electronicast.com

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