Optical network equipment market jumps 13% in 2011


The global optical network equipment market, including WDM and SDH/SONET equipment, jumped 13 per cent in 2Q11, following an 11 per cent decrease in 1Q11, finds market research firm Infonetics Research.

In its second quarter 2011 (2Q11) Optical Network Hardware vendor market share report, the analyst group also finds that ZTE and Huawei reported very strong results in both Asia Pacific and EMEA (removing the contribution of these vendors to EMEA would result in a sequential decline in the region).

“Our expectations for single-digit market growth this year remain in reach. If global optical network equipment spending in the second half of 2011 is flat with the first half, total spending for 2011 will be up 6.5 per cent,” foresees Andrew Schmitt, Infonetics Research’s directing analyst for optical. “The strength of the optical market in the EMEA region needs to be qualified: five per cent of the gains are due to currency effects, and all of the growth came from ZTE and Huawei.”

The report finds that optical equipment spending is up year-over-year in all regions and rolling 12-month trends remain positive. Moreover, year-over-year, from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011, WDM optical network equipment spending is up 37 per cent and the overall optical market is up 21 per cent.


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