Optoelectronic component revenues for residential broadband access market to decline

Nov. 1, 1998

Optoelectronic component revenues for residential broadband access market to decline

Shipments of the optoelectronic components used for high-speed services to residential subscribers will decline over the next five years. A 146-page report from Strategies Unlimited (Mountain View, CA) provides a comprehensive review of service providers` plans for high-speed, fiber-based access technology.

Technologies included in the report, entitled Optoelectronic Components in the Residential Broadband Access Market, are fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), and hybrid fiber/coaxial-cable (HFC) systems. The report quantifies demand through 2002 for analog and digital laser diodes, detectors, bidirectional modules, and other optoelectronic components used for broadband access services to residential subscribers.

The report concludes:

The rate of new HFC installation by cable-television operators will fall as upgrade programs approach completion.

FTTC programs are being postponed as telephone companies embrace copper technologies such as very-high-speed digital subscriber line (VDSL).

Installation costs for FTTC technologies continue to be a major barrier to implementation.

The report also indicates between 1 million and 3 million U.S. homes will be served by FTTC technology by 2002, compared with just 300,000 today. Two-way HFC cable systems will pass 90 million homes by 2002, up from the current 24 million.

Overall, the dollar value of the optoelectronic component market for residential broadband access will fall from $54 million to approximately $20 million by 2002, mainly due to cable-TV companies completing their HFC upgrades. Component markets for FTTC applications will grow at a modest pace.

The complete report is available for $3950. For more information, call (650) 941-3438; fax (650) 941-5120; or e-mail [email protected]. There is also a web site available at: http://www.strategies-u.com. u

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