Total WDM market to reach $13B in 2017, says Dell'Oro

In a newly released market report by Dell'Oro Group, total worldwide wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) market revenue is forecast to grow at a 10% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, reaching $13 billion in 2017. And much of that growth will be driven by high-speed optical transmission.

In a newly released market report by Dell'Oro Group, total worldwide wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) market revenue is forecast to grow at a 10% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, reaching $13 billion in 2017. And much of that growth will be driven by high-speed optical transmission.

"Forty and 100 gigabit is really where the growth is going forward," said Jimmy Yu, vice president of optical transport market research at Dell'Oro Group. "Demand for 40- and 100-Gbps WDM wavelengths will drive the optical market's growth for the next five-years. We are finding that the demand for 100-Gbps wavelengths is especially strong as service providers continue to expand their network capacity. We currently predict 100-Gbps wavelength shipments to grow at a 75% CAGR over the next five years, and that by 2017 approximately 60% of the WDM capacity shipments will be with 100-Gbps wavelengths."

The Dell'Oro Group “Optical Transport 5-Year Forecast Report” offers an overview of the optical transport industry, covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, unit shipments, tributary/line or wavelength shipments (by speed up to 100 Gbps). The report tracks DWDM long-haul terrestrial, WDM metro, multiservice multiplexers, and optical switch equipment.

For more information on DWDM equipment and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

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