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11 December 2008


Optical transport market to contract by 10% in 2009

The global optical transport equipment market grew 7% year-on-year in third-quarter 2008, the 20th consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth, according to market research firm Dell’Oro Group’s ‘Optical Transport Quarterly Report’. However, the market is forecast to enter a period of contraction, declining nearly 10% in 2009.

“This quarter marks the fifth year of growth since the telecom winter of 2001,” says Jimmy Yu, Dell’Oro Group's director of Optical Transport research. “It is only natural following this strong build cycle that there would be a market contraction, regardless of an economic recession,” he adds. “Furthermore, the current global economic strain is forming an additional layer of compression on the optical market in the form of uncertainty that brings cautious spending in both consumers and enterprises. In recognition of this and other factors, we have revised our 2009 forecast to decline from 5% to almost 10%.”

The top vendors in Q3/2008 based on market share continued to be Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Nortel and Fujitsu. Of these, only Huawei gained market share compared to a year ago. This was due to the strength of its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) long-haul and WDM metro revenues which, combined, grew nearly 90% year-on-year.

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Optical transport market grows 13%, driven by 40Gb/s and long-haul DWDM

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