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May 26, 2015 14:16 ET

Europe Exiting Optical Network Spending Slump, Data Centers Bullish on 100G: IHS Infonetics Report

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - May 26, 2015) - IHS (NYSE: IHS) today reported that global optical network hardware spending was up 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) from year ago as signs of improvement continued to emerge in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and as Japan prepares for a large-scale 100G rollout.

"The focus in optical networking is now shifting to the metro as new products targeted specifically at this market are announced and scheduled for production. This will allow datacenters and traditional service providers to more rapidly adopt metro 100G in a significant way," said Andrew Schmitt, research director for carrier transport networking at IHS.

"Meanwhile, the service provider market is fracturing into two factions -- the telcos and webcos -- each with specific optical transport needs and requirements. Webco spending is growing faster right now, so vendors are repositioning to align roadmaps and marketing with their needs," Schmitt said.


The worldwide optical network equipment market, including WDM and SONET/SDH, totaled $2.7 billion in 1Q15.

With 2 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth under its belt, Europe appears to be exiting an optical slump; results in the region are better than the headline numbers due to the strengthening dollar.

The company outperforming in Europe is Alcatel-Lucent, with a steady trend of rising revenue.

WDM revenue rose 9 percent globally in 1Q15 from the previous quarter, putting up an 11th consecutive quarter of growth.

100G spending is rapidly increasing worldwide and comprises around a quarter of total WDM revenue, which is flowing primarily into the hands of Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Huawei and Infinera.

Internet content providers (ICPs) continue to surge and presently account for roughly one-tenth of North American optical spending, though volatility in future expenditures is likely.

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- N. America (West), Asia: Larry Howard +1 408-583-3335
- Americas, EMEA: Scott Coyne +1 408-583-3395
- China, Asia, India: Jeffrey Song +86 21-3919-8505
- Japan Takashi Kimura, TAK +81 3-6408-5566

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