DECEMBER 29, 2009 -- The global consumption value of fiber-optic connectors and mechanical splices will increase, with strongly rising quantity growth partially offset by declining average prices, says ElectroniCast Consultants. The market and technology forecast consultancy made the prediction in its newly released 2008-2013 forecast.
“Technological advances in fiber optics are assuring the migration of fiber closer and closer to the end user, which then translates into demand for shorter and shorter links including board-to-board interconnects where connectors represent a substantial share of the total cable assembly and packaging cost,” said Stephen Montgomery, president of international business at ElectroniCast Consultants.
“The cost concerns are being addressed with smaller, lower cost, and easier to install discrete single fiber as well as array fiber connectors for board-to-board interconnect inside a box. Multi-fiber connector (>2 fibers) use is rapidly growing, and is becoming one of the choices for high fiber and high density interconnect applications,” Montgomery said.
The global fiber-optic connector and mechanical splice consumption in 2008 was $1.658 billion, says ElectroniCast. Due to the multi-industry worldwide economic crisis, the forecast is relatively flat for 2009. However, by the year 2013, the worldwide consumption value is forecast to reach $2.5 billion.
The Americas (South, Central and North America) led in global consumption with 58 percent or $962 million in 2008. American consumption will expand in value to nearly $1.4 billion by 2013, as illustrated in the figure below.
The report has 283-pages of text, plus 320 database spreadsheet pages. Data is presented for each significant fiber-optic connector and mechanical splice used in selected communication applications. The market data are segmented into the geographic regions, plus a global summary.
The report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants for $7,200.
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