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November 29, 2012

WDM Sales Expected to Increase

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Dell’Oro group has been one of the leading companies in the world when it comes to monitoring specialized technological fields such as Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) has released a new report. In this report, the research firm announced that the total WDM market had seen some almost unprecedented success in both metro and long haul applications. These combined sectors of the same market ended up seeing a 14 percent increase in the third quarter compared to the third quarter of 2011. In total, the sales in this particular market are expected to top the $8 billion mark by the end of 2012. 

Perhaps the best news for the WDM market is that the research group says that they expect equally positive growth for the sector in 2013 and beyond. That is particular good news when you consider just how much the market has had to recover.

"It was the year 2000 when the WDM market peaked at $7.7 billion and then promptly burst downwards to $1.8 billion," said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport research at Dell' (News - Alert)Oro Group. "Since then, it's taken 12 long years to reach this milestone but we are finally on a path to best this previous revenue peak and to attain a new record revenue marker for the WDM market. We're forecasting the total WDM market to be $8 billion for the full year 2012 as a larger number of service providers roll out 40 and 100 gigabit DWDM wavelengths to meet the rising demand for bandwidth."

Among the companies that have had the most success in the WDM market is Huawei who led all competitors in units shipped. Alcatel Lucent was a top competitor, coming in third on the list and Fujitsu (News - Alert) finished fifth. Little known Ciena came in second in this particular report.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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