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May 07, 2010

Strong Growth in Asia Pacific PON Equipment Market in 2009: Infonetics Research

In its recently-released annual PON Equipment in Asia Pacific report, Market research firm Infonetics Research has announced that Asia Pacific PON equipment revenue totaled $1.1 billion in 2009, up 38 percent from 2008. The report tracks WDM-PON; 2.5G and 10G GPON; and 1.25G/2.5G and 10G EPON equipment vendors, ports, and revenue in the major markets of Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the rest of Asia Pacific as a group (including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Vietnam). The report provides market share, market size, forecasts, and in-depth analysis by country and region.

'Not surprisingly, China was the catalyst behind passive optical network equipment growth in 2009. China Telecom (News - Alert)'s and China Unicom's heavy investments in Ethernet-PON OLTs and ONTs in 2009 will be joined by China Mobile's Gigabit-PON fiber-to-the-home investments in 2010. Subscriber growth continued in Japan and South Korea, where much of the infrastructure buildout for fiber-to-the-building and FTTH services has already been completed. India's BSNL (News - Alert) also helped pace the GPON market in 2009, purchasing equipment to support their 700,000-line rollout throughout 2010,' notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband at Infonetics Research (News - Alert).

The report highlights that the Asia Pacific region comprised 63 percent of the world's PON equipment revenue in 2009. It also pointed out that Huawei is the leader in the Asia Pacific region for PON equipment sales. In addition, the report predicts that the growth in the Chinese PON market, particularly the GPON segment will continue.

Another forecast is that by 2014, 10G EPON and 10G GPON will together make up about 1/3 of all PON equipment revenue in Asia Pacific. However, a slowdown in PON equipment sales in South Korea is expected as infrastructure buildouts reach strategic goals, and the focus shifts to turning up new subscribers despite saturation in Seoul, Busan, and Incheon.

Companies tracked by the report include Alcatel-Lucent, Alphion, Calix, Cambridge Industries Group, Corecess, Dasan Networks, Datang, ECI, Enablence, Ericsson (News - Alert), FiberHome, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Occam Networks, Ocean Broadband, Oki-Fujikura, Samsung, Sumitomo, Tellion, Ubiquoss, UTStarcom (News - Alert), Zhone, ZTE, and others.

Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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