Fiber-optic test market to benefit from wireless deployments says Frost & Sullivan

Market research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that sales of fiber-optic test equipment will grow to $884.9 million in 2020. The market will benefit from fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) applications as well as the overall bandwidth demand increase that long term evolution (LTE) deployments will create, helping the case for 100G and 400G fiber-optic networks.

Market research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that sales of fiber-optic test equipment will grow to $884.9 million in 2020. The market will benefit from fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) applications as well as the overall bandwidth demand increase that long term evolution (LTE) deployments will create, helping the case for 100G and 400G fiber-optic networks.

In a new report, “Analysis of the Global Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market,” Frost & Sullivan reports that the fiber-optic test equipment market reached $603.8 million in 2013. The firm says that integrated or platform-based test instruments are gaining momentum, while fiber inspection probes also did well, accounting for approximately $45 million in sales last year.

The increase in fiber associated with mobile backhaul and other wireless activity, from FTTA, fiber-to-the-tower (FTTT), distributed antenna systems (DAS), and cloud or centralized-radio access networks (CRAN), will help drive the need for fiber-optic test sets, according to the report. But other factors also will increase instrument sales.

"The proliferation of electronics and reduction in chip sizes will also augment the demand for innovative test technologies," said Frost & Sullivan Measurement and Instrumentation Program Manager Sujan Sami. "One such potential opportunity lies in micro structure fiber and hollow fiber with higher non-linear limits."

New fiber-optic connector technologies also will prove a catalyst, according to the report.

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