Global passive optical LAN (POL) market was valued at USD 9.89 Billion in 2013, growing at a CAGR of 19.2% from 2014 to 2020
Passive optical LAN (POL) is a Layer-2 transport medium, built with passive optical network (PON) technology, which provides converged data, video, and voice services at gigabit speeds over a single strand of fiber to the user's location. These solutions make use of a number of passive optical components.
Majority of these components including optical cables, optical couplers, optical power splitters, optical encoders, patch cords and pigtails, optical connectors, optical amplifiers, optical transceivers, fixed and variable optical attenuators, optical circulators, wavelength division multiplexers/de-multiplexers, and optical filters can now be found in use in FTTH/FTTD applications and data networks. These components also find use in applications such as fiber in the loop (FITL), interoffice, loop feeder, hybrid fiber-coaxial cable (HFC), synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) systems and synchronous optical network (SONET).
Components share in the global passive optical LAN market was dominated by the wavelength division multiplexers/de-multiplexers in 2013. The patch cords and pigtails market followed the former accounting for over 11% of the global market components share owing to high usage in ultra-high capacity networks. The fixed and variable optical attenuators and optical amplifiers markets were analyzed to grow at an above average CAGR following the rising demand for high bandwidths and the growth in fiber optic technologies, wherein these components are primarily used.
The global POL market applications share was dominated by the SDH application segment. SONET application segment closely followed the SDH application segment. While SDH equipment is accepted globally, SONET equipment is majorly used in North America. Thus, both the application segments are expected to continue their dominance over the next six years, owing to their ability to transfer multiple digital bit streams over optical fiber using lasers or LED's.
Passive optical LAN market: By components
- Optical cables
- Optical couplers
- Optical power splitters
- Optical encoders
- Patch cords and pigtails
- Optical connectors
- Optical amplifiers
- Optical transceivers
- Fixed and variable optical attenuators
- Optical circulators
- Wavelength Division Multiplexers/De-multiplexers
- Optical filters
Passive optical LAN market: By application
- Loop feeder
- Fiber In The Loop (FITL)
- Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)
- Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Cable (HFC)
- Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) systems
- 3M Company
- AT&T Inc.
- Adtran, Inc.
- Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.