A Optical Ethernet and the Future of Low-Cost Optical Components: A Ten-Year Market Forecast


Ethernet is the dominant data-link protocol for data communications, with Ethernet shipments outnumbering Fibre Channel and InfiniBand Links by order of magnitudes. As such the adoption of optical communications into the Ethernet framework shapes the short-reach optical communications market, creating the need for high-volume, low-cost transceivers and standard fiber offerings. However, the nature of Optical Ethernet is changing. Originally, it was a niche business. But optical options are now widely used at all the higher Ethernet speeds and are embodied in a growing number of Ethernet standards, PMDs and related MSAs. In this report, we examine what optical components products will be required in the Ethernet environment over the next decade and how that will translate into revenues and business opportunities. This report includes a highly granular forecast of optical Ethernet with a breakdown by application, type of box for which it is used, PMD, MSA, type of fiber, reach, etc. The report also includes profiles of the leading suppliers of Optical Ethernet products along with a discussion/analysis of the Optical Ethernet strategies of both leading component suppliers and major equipment providers.

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