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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 26, 2018 – According to a recent forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, the Optical Transport equipment market is projected to reach $16 billion by 2022.  WDM systems will contribute 95 percent of the Optical Transport revenue.

“We expect demand for optical equipment to continue rising,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Although the shift away from legacy optical transport equipment will continue to weigh down the market’s top line revenue, we foresee a rising use of WDM systems as service providers continue to expand their fiber footprint and Internet content providers continue to install more optical transport capacity between their global data centers,” continued Yu.

Additional highlights from the Optical Transport 5-Year Forecast Report:

  • The cumulative spend on optical equipment during the next five years is projected to be $75 billion.
  • Due to service providers’ plans for faster mobile (5G) and fixed (Gfast, 10G PON, and DOCSIS 3.1) broadband speeds, requiring fiber to reach closer to end users, demand for WDM systems will increase the most in metro access and aggregation.
  • Data center interconnect (DCI) is forecast to account for 18 percent of WDM systems revenue by 2022.
About the Report

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 600 Gbps).  The report tracks DWDM long haul terrestrial, WDM metro, multiservice multiplexers, and optical switch equipment.  To purchase this report, call Daisy Kwok at +1.650.622.9400 x227 or email

About Dell’Oro Group

Dell’Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT markets.  Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.  For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit