Optical networking market gets unexpected boost


Optical networking market gets unexpected boost

Karl Flinders

Global sales of optical networking in 2011 reached $15.59bn with Europe performing stronger than expected.

According to analyst Ovum, the 8% increase in sales over 2010 was largely driven by a surge in demand in the final three months of 2011. The final three months saw $4.2bn sales, which was the highest in a single quarter for three years.

An optical fibre connection

Chinese networking form ZTE increased its market share by the biggest amount for the second year running with a 1.8% increase in share. It increased market share in 2010 by 3.3%.

Other suppliers that increased share were Ciena, FiberHome, Cisco, NEC, Ericsson, and Fujitsu.

Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent were the biggest losers for the year and were the only two of the top vendors to lose share two years in a row.

“Despite their performances this quarter, we can see that Alcatel-Lucent is pushing its leading 100G position and its integrated optical transport network (OTN) solution hard to gain ground. Also we expect Huawei to come out strong in 2012 with its newly-available 100G, as it did with 40G in 2009,” said Ovum.

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