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2012-02-17 Optical network equipment up 9% in 4Q11 as big vendors surge

Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, February 17, 2012—Market research firm Infonetics Research today reported in its Optical Network Hardware vendor market share report that spending on optical gear grew 9% globally in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11) over the previous quarter.


"Regional spending trends for optical network hardware were volatile in the final quarter of 2011, with North America down and the rest of the regions up sequentially, including a huge 63% gain in Latin America -- a region showing very positive long-term trends," notes Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst for optical for Infonetics Research.

Schmitt continues: "While the typical end-of-year budget flush failed to materialize in North America with AT&T and Verizon spending less, it did appear in full effect in EMEA, particularly Europe, up almost 11%. But the surge in Europe was due mainly to a surge in legacy SDH spending rather than of new WDM gear. Rising legacy spending is a negative leading indicator, as is the reversal in EMEA's rolling four-quarter revenue, which turned negative in 4Q11 after only two quarters of gains."


  • The global optical network equipment market, including WDM and SONET/SDH equipment, grew 9% sequentially in 4Q11, from $3.4 billion to $3.7 billion
  • For the full year 2011, the overall optical network hardware market is up 9%
  • In 4Q11, the largest optical vendors benefitted most -- with the exception of Cisco – including Huawei (up 35%), Alcatel-Lucent (up 20%), and Ciena (up 10%)
  • Notably, both Ciena and Infinera bucked the North America down-trend with positive quarterly optical revenue
  • In 2011, WDM optical spending grew 22% while SONET/SDH spending shrank 6%, as carriers continued to abandon investments in legacy technology in favor of ROADMs, coherent optics, packet-optical transport, and optical transport network (OTN) equipment
  • ROADM spending is on a 7-quarter streak of consecutive gains, with shipments up a stunning 36% in 2011 over 2010



Infonetics’ quarterly Optical Network Hardware report tracks Adtran, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI, Ciena, Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Sycamore, Tellabs, Transmode, Tyco, ZTE, and others. The report provides worldwide and regional vendor market share, market size, and analysis (forecasts published Feb. 24). Equipment tracked: metro and long haul SONET/SDH and WDM optical network equipment (transport, ROADM, submarine line terminating equipment), and ports (Ethernet, SONET/SDH/POS, and WDM).


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