Region Now Accounts For Over 48% Of Global Instruments/Machines Shipped
According to fibre optics communications market and technology forecast firm ElectroniCast Consultants, the global quantity of selected optical fibre splice preparation instrument/machine units shipped reached 235,400 units in 2017. Of the total, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region consumed 113,600 new instrument/machine units, constituting over 48% of the market.
These figures are from ElectroniCast Consultants’ annual study of the use of selected cleavers, strippers and multiple-function (cleave/strip/clean) instruments/machines for the purpose of optical fibre splicing preparation processing. Items not Included in the market forecast data are: cleaver or stripper functions, which are integrated (non-detachable) with other device/equipment such as a fusion splice machine; equipment that has a total weight of more than 8 kg (17.6 lbs), as well as stripper/cleaver “tools” (shears, nippers, scissors, and “Pen” Scribes).
The study predicts that the APAC region will maintain its leadership role in relative market share, both in terms of volume/quantity and value. At present China, the Republic of Korea and Japan are the leading consumers of these fibre optic instrument/machine units in the region. However India is fast making up ground, and is acknowledged as a rapid adopter of optical fibre communication technologies.
“Field-installable fibre optic connectors, fusion splice use, and other optical fibre preparation processing tasks are driving the need for accurate fibre preparation and cleaving,” says Stephen Montgomery, Principal Analyst of the fibre optics group at ElectroniCast.
Montgomery adds that, due to the continuing deployment of fibre optic cable assemblies in datacentres, and on-going deployment of Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) systems, as well as other optical fibre deployments, the need for easy-to-use, rugged/durable and accurate fibre optic preparation and termination devices is increasing.