ElectroniCast: Media converter sales dip in 2009, but then recover

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 -- The global consumption value for selected media converters used in private enterprise data communications networks, such LANs and WANs, reached nearly $1.8 billion in 2008, according to ElectroniCast Consultants.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2009 -- The global consumption value for selected media converters used in private enterprise data communications networks, such LANs and WANs, reached nearly $1.8 billion in 2008, according to ElectroniCast Consultants. The market research firm predicts in its latest report, “Media Converters in Private Enterprise Data Communications,” that the consumption value will increase with strongly rising quantity growth partially offset by declining average prices.

But this growth won’t happen immediately. Due to the multi-industry worldwide economic crisis, the consumption value is will be lower in 2009, ElectroniCast Consultants reports.

“The Asia Pacific region [APAC] is actually showing an increase in unit consumption [volume] in 2009; however, because of lower average selling prices pressures, the APAC region is showing a slight decrease in consumption value,” said Stephen Montgomery, director of the Fiber Optic Components group at ElectroniCast. By 2013, the worldwide use of private enterprise datacom media converters is forecasted to reach over $3 billion, as shown in the figure below.

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According to ElectroniCast Consultants, the global consumption value of selected media converters used in private enterprise data communications networks was nearly $1.8 billion in 2008 and forecasted to reach over $3 billion.



For the purposes of this study, ElectroniCast classifies the media converter as a device that connects different communication transmission media, for example, from copper to/from optical fiber and multimode optical fiber to singlemode optical fiber.

“Media converter types range from small (micro) standalone devices, network interface cards (NICs)/peripheral component interconnects/chassis slot cards, and high-port-density (typically 6-12 ports per unit) rack-mount products,” Montgomery said. “In addition to researching the different device package type and media interface types, we also looked into the use of managed versus unmanaged operating functions.”

The ElectroniCast global and regional market forecast covers the years 2008-2013; providing a detailed device volume (number of units), average selling prices, and value ($, million). This market forecast report is available immediately, at a fee of $2,800, from ElectroniCast Consultants. The study/report also provides profile briefs on 100-companies involved in this industry segment.

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