MAY 27, 2009 -- According to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group (search Lightwave for Dell'Oro Group), a networking and telcommunications market researcher, the worldwide optical market declined 11% year-over-year led by a sharp contraction in the North American and EMEA regions that was slightly offset by an almost 30% growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Asia Pacific was the largest market for optical equipment in 1Q09, an event that last occurred six years ago.
"The two countries that contributed to the strong growth in Asia Pacific were China and India as one is building a network to support 3G mobile services and the other deployed the equipment required to support the high number of new mobile phone subscribers," says Jimmy Yu, director of optical transport research at Dell'Oro Group. "This dynamic shift in optical deployment to Asia Pacific had a number of effects including a movement towards SONET/SDH from DWDM and a reallocation in the vendor landscape where vendors supplying China and India, such as ECI Telecom, Huawei, Tejas, and ZTE, have gained share and revenue compared to a year ago," Yu adds.
The vendors with leading market share in the quarter were Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel, and Fujitsu. Huawei was the lead worldwide vendor in the quarter with a market share gain of 8 percentage points above that in the first quarter last year.
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