1 April 2010


Finisar overtakes JDSU as WSS ROADM market share leader

Fiber-optic communications component and subsystem maker Finisar Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA has been named the market-share leader in WSS ROADM components in second-half 2009 in a first edition report by Infonetics Research that tracks the reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) optical network equipment market and the wavelength selective switch (WSS) components within it (measured by channel spacing and degree-count).

“Since the launch of Infonetics’ wavelength-selective-switch component reporting, JDSU had been the market share leader, but in the second half of 2009, Finisar took the lead, based on the strength of its 50GHz WSS shipments,” notes Infonetics analyst Andrew Schmitt. “The transition from 100GHz to 50GHz channel spacing is accelerating, with the 50GHz segment expected to account for all future revenue and unit growth in the WSS market.”

Finisar’s WSS portfolio includes the DWP 50, DWP 100, and DWP 100e — all fully integrated high-performance intelligent modules offering flexible and upgradeable WSS functionality for advanced reconfigurable network applications. A key enabler of this highly programmable platform is the firm's unique Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) switching technology, which has been used to produce what is claimed to be the industry's most feature-rich and cost-effective WSS modules. Inherent in LCoS technology is the capability to deliver next-generation flexible grid architectures that enable carriers to future-proof their networks as data rates increase.

“The fastest-growing segment in optical networking is the WSS ROADM market,” says VP of marketing Rafik Ward. “As the ROADM market expands, Finisar is poised to meet the demands of our customers through our 100GHz, 50GHz, and flexible grid offerings,” he adds.

“The flexibility of Finisar’s offering between 100GHz and 50GHz and flexible grid architecture is a key feature as we migrate our rings/spans from current 100GHz to 50GHz grid in phases and later introduce higher-data-rate lambdas beyond 100G on some of our network spans,” says Shamim Akhtar, director of Network Engineering at Comcast Corp.

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