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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 21, 2016 – In a newly released report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, $63 B of wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) equipment is expected to ship globally from 2016 through 2020. As a comparison, this revenue amount will be more than 40 percent greater than the WDM market revenues obtained across the past five year period, 2011 through 2015.

“Bandwidth demand doesn’t seem to show signs of slowing,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “To meet consumer needs for more bandwidth, service providers have installed a large amount of WDM equipment and will continue to do so for a number of years to come.”

Also included in the Optical Transport 5-Year Forecast Report:

  • WDM shipments are transitioning from 100 Gbps to 200/400 Gbps. Shipments of these >100 Gbps wavelength speeds is projected to grow at a five-year compounded annual growth rate surpassing 100 percent.
  • Metro applications are expected to drive most of the WDM market’s growth through 2020. The drivers for WDM Metro deployments include upgrading to higher wavelength speeds such as 200 Gbps, replacing legacy systems to accommodate higher speed fixed broadband, and interconnecting enterprise data centers.

The Dell’Oro Group Optical Transport 5-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the Optical Transport industry with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, unit shipments, Tributary/Line or Wavelength shipments (by speed up to >100 Gbps).  The report tracks DWDM long haul terrestrial, WDM metro, multiservice multiplexers, and optical switch equipment.  To purchase this report, call Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email Dell’Oro Group

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