Optical amplifiers poised for growth in 2003

The total market for optical amplifiers used as linear amplifiers on long haul and Metropolitan Area Network applications will increase from approximately $3.3 billion in 2001 to $4.7 billion in 2006.

High-tech research firm, Cahners In-Stat Group anticipates that the total market for optical amplifiers used as linear amplifiers on long haul and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) applications will increase from approximately $3.3 billion in 2001 to $4.7 billion in 2006.

According to Richard Cunningham, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat, ‘The importance of optical amplifiers to the efficient use of optical bandwidth in long-haul and, more recently, metro optical networking applications, can scarcely be overstated. Optical amplifiers have had and will continue to have an enormous impact on the traffic-handling capacity of optical networks.’

While the next 12 to 18 months in the optical networking field will be exciting and fraught with some danger, In-Stat foresees that the need for fibre-based optical amplifiers used for linear amplification of optical signals will remain substantial, both for ‘greenfield’ deployment and for system upgrades to higher data rates.

In-Stat also expects that Raman growth will be more prevalent than erbium-doped fibre amplifiers (EDFA) growth in 2003.

What is more, even though it is possible, Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) are not expected to enter the metro transport marketplace. If they do, however, they are expected to capture revenue directly from the low-cost EDFAs on roughly a dollar-for-dollar basis. Opportunities in such areas as optical switching will be the natural ‘home’ for SOAs.

The report, ‘Optical Amplifiers for Long-Haul and Metro Applications’ includes a description of the components of EDFAs and fibre Raman amplifiers. Five-year forecasts for the use of these amplifiers in both long-haul and MANs are included, along with forecasts of total units produced and average selling prices of these units.

The report price is $2,995.

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