Fiber Optic Couplers Market to Reach $2.8B

Research firm ElectroniCast Corp. says that the estimated global consumption of fiber optic couplers in 2001 will total $602 million, with that number increasing moderately to reach $1.18 billion in 2005 and then to $2.8 billion by 2010.

The rise will be supported by rising quantity growth, but it will be partially offset by a continuing decline of average prices, company officials also said.

Regionally, North America leads in global coupler consumption with 38 percent or $229.75 million in 2001, expanding in value to $1.06 billion by 2010, ElectroniCast said. Europe ranks second in usage of fiber optic couplers with 27 percent or $164.97 million in 2001, growing in value to $793 million by 2010. The leading European countries in fiber optic coupler deployment are Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy.

“Global coupler consumption will be driven by the accelerating demand for high capacity transport systems such as optical fiber amplifiers, DWDM, and OADM,” ElectroniCast President Stephen Montgomery said in a statement. “Couplers, in various forms are enabling components used in a wide array of applications such as long haul submarine networks, subscriber loop networks, cable TV networks, test instruments and sensors. The main use of couplers is for splitting or combining signals in today’s capacity hungry networks and will remain so in the foreseeable future.”

Wave-division multiplexing (WDM) lead in 2001 with 50.5 percent market share over star/tree couplers, which were at 29 percent. Star/tree couplers will demonstrate a strong growth rate of 24.1 percent annually between 2000 and 2005 and average annual growth rate of 28.8 percent between 2005-2010, to reach a consumption value of $1.17 billion representing a 41.3 percent market share.

The Fiber Optic Coupler Global Market Forecast is available for $9,850.

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