Optical hardware up 3% in 3Q07

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The worldwide optical network hardware market increased 3% sequentially in 3Q07 to hit $3.6 billion, and 2007 will mark the highest revenue year for the market since the crash in 2001, says Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) in its latest �Optical Network Hardware� report.

The third-quarter gain comes on the heels of a 14% gain in 2Q07, the report shows.

�Despite quarterly fluctuations, the optical network hardware market is based on strong underlying trends, namely the rapid increases in all kinds of voice, video, and data traffic,� says Michael Howard, principal analyst. �Alcatel-Lucent is up 26% from Alcatel�s and Lucent�s combined revenue totals a year ago in the third quarter of 2006, before they merged.�Th 274317

Other highlights include:

  • Worldwide optical manufacturer revenue will top $13 billion in 2010, as WDM product revenue increases and SONET/SDH revenue decreases each year starting in 2008.

    Infonetics� report provides market share, market size, and forecasts for metro and long-haul optical equipment. The report now tracks packet optical transport systems as well.

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