Dense wavelength division multiplexing market value to reach $9 billion by 2018

Press Release   •   Jul 13, 2012 09:56 BST

The dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment market is forecast to grow 10% year-on-year from $4.3 billion in 2011 to reach a market value of $9 billion by 2018. This is in the context of a world communications infrastructure that is changing. Technology is enabling interaction, innovation, and sharing of knowledge in new ways.

The DWDM market is expected to achieve significant growth as the amount of data in networks increasingly expands. As cloud systems proliferate and wireless data takes hold, the efficiencies brought by DWDM will be needed more and more.

DWDM is an optical technology used to increase bandwidth over existing fiber optic backbones. DWDM works by combining and transmitting multiple signals simultaneously at different wavelengths on the same fiber. In effect, one fiber is transformed into multiple virtual fibers.

The strength of the DWDM market is apparent as carriers all over the world move away from legacy SONET/SDH technology and deploy DWDM infrastructures that can support 40G and 100G speeds. As a result, it is predicted that the DWDM market will grow significantly faster than the overall optical hardware market.

Ciena Corporation leads the industry with 50% North American market share of open DWDM systems. Ciena is the network specialist that brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry's leading network automation.

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