REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 20, 2013 –

According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, the total optical transport equipment market declined four percent in 2012 as service providers reduced their purchases of legacy SONET and SDH equipment.

“An overall market decline of four percent was pretty good considering that legacy equipment sales declined 30 percent in the year,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Fortunately, optical network equipment continues to be needed even in soft economic times so long as consumers increase their use of high bandwidth access devices such as home broadband and smart phones.  The demand for more bandwidth has driven an increased need for WDM equipment, which continued a positive trajectory in the year; growing 8 percent,” added Mr. Yu.

Revenue from the North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regions declined 12 percent in the year more than offsetting the growth in Asia Pacific and Rest of World.  The top three vendors in the year were Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent with a combined market revenue share of nearly 50 percent.

2012 Optical Transport Equipment Market


Growth Rate

Rank 1st

Rank 2nd

Rank 3rd

North America -12% Ciena Fujitsu Cisco
EMEA -12% Huawei Alcatel-Lucent Ericsson
Asia Pacific +5% Huawei ZTE NEC
Rest of World +2% Huawei Alcatel-Lucent ZTE
Worldwide -4% Huawei ZTE Alcatel-Lucent


About the Report

The Dell’Oro Group Optical Transport Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, unit shipments (by speed up to 100 Gbps).  The report tracks DWDM long haul terrestrial, WDM metro, multiservice multiplexers (SONET/SDH), optical switch, and optical packet platforms.  To purchase this report, call Julie Learmond-Criqui at +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email

About Dell’Oro Group

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