Ciena, Huawei, and ZTE Capture Half the WDM Metro Market

Created September 10, 2015
News and Business

The vendor landscape is highly fragmented with over twenty equipment manufacturers actively selling WDM Metro equipment.  In the quarter, only three vendors Ciena, Huawei, and ZTE grabbed more than 10 percent share of the market each, and held a combined market share of 50 percent.

Demand for WDM equipment in metro applications is reaching new levels, said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport research at Dell Oro Group.   We think this is just the beginning and we are very excited by all the market activity such as vendor consolidation, new market development, and product innovation.  We are predicting the WDM Metro market to grow 10 percent for full year 2015 driven by rising use of WDM systems for mobile and fixed backhaul as well as data center interconnect.  We anticipate 100 Gbps wavelength shipments to grow through the year, and for 200 Gbps wavelength shipments to reach significant volumes by year-end, added Mr. Yu.

The figures can be found in a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group. The total wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) equipment market grew 23 percent sequentially in the second quarter 2015.  During this period, WDM Metro equipment used mainly in metro and regional applications grew at a rate slightly higher than that of DWDM Long Haul, attaining a new record quarterly revenue level of $1.4 billion.

Per Danielsen

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This article was written
by Per Danielsen

Per has 35 years of experience in optical communications and is now working freelance writing about optical communications and other telecom related topics. He also serves as chairman of the ECOC Market Focus program committee.