Fiber-optic connector, splice market on the rise

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Global fiber-optic connector and mechanical splice consumption last year reached $1.2 billion and is expected to increase to $3.7 billion by 2010, reveals a new report from Electronicast Consultants.Th 232894

“The global connector/mechanical splice consumption is driven by a dramatic increase in bandwidth demand beyond the limits of copper,” explains Stephen Montgomery, director of the study. “Technological advances in fiber optics are assuring the migration of fiber closer and closer to the end user. This translates into demand for shorter links where connectors represent a substantial share of the total installation cost. The cost concerns are being addressed with the introduction of smaller, lower-cost, and easier-to-install connectors,” he adds. “Multifiber connector use [more than two fibers], still relatively small, will be the choice for high fiber-density interconnect applications.”

According to the study, North America led global consumption with 46% or $554.5 million in 2005. North American consumption is expected to grow to $1.58 billion by 2010, driven by the proliferation of relatively shorter links used in private data and local loop networks.

European connector consumption, which reached 24% in 2005, is being led by the European Union member states as they transition to open competition in delivery of broadband services to business and residential customers.

The fastest growth in connector consumption will occur in the Japan/Pacific Rim and rest of the world (including South America) regions, stimulated by favorable national economic policies and the trend toward telecom liberalization.

For more information about the 5-year forecast, visit www.electronicastconsultants.com.

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