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Boston, Massachusetts (16 November 2016)- Research firm Cignal AI released market share analysis from its 3rd quarter 2016 (3Q16) Optical Hardware report. The report summarizes optical equipment revenue results for the third quarter and precedes a full release of the report with forecasts.

Cignal AI saw global spending on optical network equipment (SONET/SDH, WDM, and Submarine LTE) grow 10% year over year, with all global regions showing increases in varying degrees.

Optical Revenue Results by Region (3Q16)

Optical Revenue Results by Region (3Q16)

“The spectacular growth of 100G coherent WDM network deployment in China is the major story of 2016” says Andrew Schmitt, Lead Analyst for Cignal AI. “We believe this growth will continue into 2017, though it will continue at a lower rate and will use different technologies and component vendors.”

“Outside of China, the 100G optical reboot is finally moving into the metro. Growth in metro WDM during the quarter outpaced long-haul WDM, as a multi-year cycle of spending in this area nears completion. New, higher capacity data center interconnect platforms from Cisco, Coriant, and Fujitsu are a major catalyst for this transition, as is the availability of speeds beyond 100G.”

Optical Hardware Report Highlights

  • In North America, Ciena, Nokia, and ADVA all recorded positive YoY results. Cloud and Colo customers accounted for the gains.
  • Huawei and Infinera were the only vendors with significantly positive YoY results in EMEA.
  • Long Haul WDM spending in China was up a staggering 50% YoY, while domestic equipment vendors prepare new technologies and solutions for deployment in 2017.
  • Ciena and Nokia shipped record numbers of 200G capable ports, mostly to Cloud and Colo customers. This segment accounted for nearly 20% of Ciena’s optical revenue.

Release: Metro Coherent 100G Accelerates Optical Equipment Growth in 3Q16

About the Optical Hardware Report

The Cignal AI Optical Hardware report includes market share and forecasts for optical transport hardware used in fiber optic networks worldwide. Deliverables include traditional Excel database and Powerpoint summaries, plus our continuously published real time news briefs, Active Insight.

The report analyzes and quantifies revenue and optical ports for metro WDM, long haul WDM, and submarine (SLTE) equipment in six global regions. The vendors that are examined include Adtran, ADVA Optical Networking, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, ECI Telecom, Ekinops, Fiberhome, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, Juniper (BTI Systems), NEC, Nokia, Padtec, TE Connectivity, Xtera, and ZTE.

Full report details are available to registered users.

About Cignal AI

Cignal AI provides active and insightful market research for the networking component and equipment market and its end customers. Our work blends expertise from a variety of disciplines to create a uniquely informed perspective on the evolution of networking communications.

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