February 23, 2006 Redwood City, CA -- According to a new report by Dell'Oro Group, the worldwide optical transport market grew 22% in 2005, with strong increases reported for all major geographic regions and technology segments. The firm says that North America contributed the largest regional increase, and that SONET/SDH multiservice systems led growth in technology segments.
"Optical transport equipment provides the network infrastructure that telecom service providers need to support the growing base of broadband Internet traffic," observes Shin Umeda, principal analyst for optical transport research at Dell'Oro Group. "They really stepped up their spending on optical gear last year, and we expect them to continue to do so this year."
Total optical transport market revenue for 2005 reached $8.4 billion, according to the report. Market leaders in revenue included Alcatel, which saw a 7% year-over-year growth in revenues, followed by Nortel (15% y/y growth), Huawei (45% y/y growth), and Lucent (12% y/y growth).
The firm's "Optical Transport Quarterly Report" includes tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices and unit shipments, and Tributary/Line or Wavelength shipments (by speed: OC-3/STM-1, OC-12/STM-4, OC-48/STM-16, OC-192/STM-64, OC-768/STM-256, and Other). The report tracks DWDM long haul terrestrial, WDM metro, SONET/SDH ADM, SONET/SDH multiservice, and optical switch equipment.