MARCH 12, 2007 -- Europe will continue to lead the market over the next five years when it comes to transmitter/receiver pairs used in commercial free-space optics (FSO) transmission systems, according to ElectroniCast Consultants (search for ElectroniCast). The market research and consulting firm has released a new Executive Study Service market forecast of the global market consumption trends of such transmitter/receiver pairs used in commercial fixed-location free space optical communications.
"As the cost and other obstacles of deploying fiber-optic cables continue to increase, the product and deployment opportunities for FSO or optical wireless networks improve. Communication managers face the timely delays and cost comparison of utilizing a telecommunication leased line versus the implementation of an FSO system, the flexibility of the FSO product-area may present an attractive communication link alternative. Data throughput (transfer) rates are continuing to push up into the multi-gigabit region and optical communication use is increasing; therefore, the emphasis on low-cost, quickly deployed system solutions may be encouraging to the FSO prospects,"
stated Stephen Montgomery, director of the study.
The global consumption value of transmitter/receiver pairs used in fixed-location commercial FSO system equipment was $41.55 million in 2006. Europe will maintain its market share lead throughout the forecast period (2006-2011), growing from $17.73 million, or a relative market share of 43 percent, in 2006 to $21.35 million in year 2011. The global consumption value forecast of FSO transmitter/receiver pairs used in FSO Link equipment is shown in the figure above.
All of the data provided in this ElectroniCast report do not include military-specified (Mil-Spec) and/or military/aerospace use of commercial-off-the-shelf products or systems used for laser light beam barrier (fences) applications. All values are expressed in current dollars. Therefore, growth rates and forecasted values include inflation, forecasted to average 5 percent per year 2006-2011.
This five-year forecast is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants.