FTTx market to reach $2.9 billion by 2005, claims report

Nov. 7, 2001--The fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) market will represent an important factor in the fiber-optic industry's turnaround and subsequent renewal, particularly from the second half of 2003 onward, claims a new report from Chaffee Fiber Optics (Ellicott City, MD). The FTTx market is projected to more than triple from 2001 to 2005 and more than double in the following four-year period to reach $5.9 billion by 2009.

The fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) market will represent an important factor in the fiber-optic industry's turnaround and subsequent renewal, particularly from the second half of 2003 onward, claims a new report from Chaffee Fiber Optics (Ellicott City, MD). The FTTx market is projected to more than triple from 2001 to 2005 and more than double in the following four-year period to reach $5.9 billion by 2009.

The report, "Fiber to The x: 2001-2010--New Paradigm for Success in a Changing Industry," anticipates that the largest portion of that growth in real dollars will be in the fiber to the building/fiber in the building market, which will jump from $512.7 million this year to more than $1 billion by 2005 and more than $3 billion by 2009. Seven percent of U.S. office buildings are now wired with fiber, as are 11 percent of buildings in Japan. Both numbers will increase appreciably during the next decade, claims the report.

The largest growth percentage-wise will occur in the fiber to the home market, which is expected to accelerate more than 20-fold in the eight-year period, growing from $23.2 million in 2001 to $547.9 million in 2009.

The fiber to the cabinet market will also see significant growth, jumping from $178.6 million in 2001 to $627 million by 2005 to more than $1 billion by 2009.

Based on information obtained from dozens of interviews with both carriers and vendors, the report includes an analysis of FTTx architectures, including gigabit Ethernet, passive optical networking and SONET/SDH; profiles of 50 leading corporate players, including both vendors and carriers; and 14 principles of success for companies interested in participating in this market. For more information, contact Chaffee Fiber Optics at (410) 750-1406 or send email requests to fibertoday@home.com.

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