SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

November 12, 2009 12:55 ET

Infonetics Research: WSS component market exploding due to aggressive carrier deployments of ROADMs

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( today released the industry's first report tracking wavelength selective switch (WSS) component market share.

The report, ROADM Components Market Outlook, is also the first to analyze the WSS component market by discrete category, measuring by spacing technology and degree-count, including WSS components with 100GHz and 50GHz channel spacing and 4 or fewer (1x4) and 5 or more (1x5) add/drop ports.


"In a tough year for the overall optical network hardware market, the WDM ROADM optical segment has been the bright light in a dim room, and wavelength selective switches (WSS) are the key component used by this equipment. WSS consumption has exploded due to aggressive ROADM deployment by carriers such as Verizon, and we see no end to this trend," explains Andrew Schmitt, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for optical.


--  Two of the key trends driving strong growth in the WSS optical
    component market:
    --  A move toward tighter channel spacing, from 100GHz to 50GHz, which
        doubles fiber capacity and ensures compatibility with cutting-edge
        WDM solutions
    --  Increasing demand for devices with a larger degree count (1x5 ports
        or more), which provide service providers greater flexibility as
        they design their networks
--  The WDM ROADM optical equipment market will remain the fastest growing
    segment of the optical equipment business, with worldwide revenue
    increasing at a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13%
    from 2008 to 2013
    --  WSS component revenue will grow at an even faster CAGR
--  JDSU leads in worldwide ROADM WSS component market share in the first
    half of 2009
    --  Market share shifts are expected as the market transitions to 50GHz
        channel spacing and demand for both very small and very large
        components increases


Infonetics' ROADM components report includes customizable pivot tables and provides market size, market share, forecasts, and in-depth analysis on WSS components (revenue and units), with added historical and current ROADM optical equipment market size and share for a big-picture view of the market. The report provides WSS component pricing trends, supplier size, ASP forecast, deployment models, and market drivers and trends.

The report tracks ROADM WSS components in 4 discrete categories: 1) 1x4 or fewer add/drop ports, 100GHz; 2) 1x4 or fewer add/drop ports, 50GHz; 3) 1x5 or more add/drop ports, 100GHz; and 4) 1x5 or more add/drop ports, 50GHz.

WSS component manufacturers tracked in the report include Capella, CoAdna, Finisar, JDSU, Neophotonics, Nistica, Oclaro, Xtellus, and others.

ROADM optical equipment market share is included in the report for ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, Marconi, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Tellabs, Transmode, and others.

Led by directing analyst Andrew Schmitt, who covers the optical market from the carrier, equipment and components sides, the ROADM WSS components report is available now and will be updated and published biannually in 2010 (Mar. 18 and Sept. 15).


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