2020 was a year like no other as COVID-19 resulted in supply chain slowdowns and increased bandwidth demand to support remote working. Creating forecasts for 2020 was uniquely challenging (see Cignal AI’s COVID-19 Impact – 2020 Forecast Update), and forecasting the expected return to normal by the end of 2021 is also very complex. This is a summary of Cignal AI’s current outlook for the year.

  • A Return to Normal
    • Normal Buying Patterns
    • Normal Growth Returns
    • North American Optical Spending Normalizes
    • Normal Technology Acceptance
  • Technologies and Trends to Watch in 2021
    • 3rd and 5th Generation Coherent Deployment Ramps Up
    • Wider Usage of Disaggregation
    • Access and Aggregation Strength Continues, the Core Refresh Cycle is Less Certain
    • Optical Networks Continue to Open and White Box Efforts Reappear
    • IP-over-DWDM Becomes an Option with Pluggable Coherent Optics
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