The global OTN transport and switching equipment market is expected to be driven by growing volumes of unpredictable multimedia traffic such as videos and photos. Increasing 40G and 100G service rollouts by global service providers is anticipated to contribute to market growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, the inability of Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) technology to cope with high-speed 40G and 100G technologies is anticipated to drive market growth. Further, increasing bandwidth requirement may fuel market demand. Growing demand for addressing dramatic shifts in traffic types coupled with increasing requirements to reduce CAPEX/OPEX in carrier networks is projected to fuel market growth over the next few years. Furthermore, an increasing number of carriers having non-homogenous networks operating wireless, broadband, enterprise network connectivity, and internet transit networks simultaneously may utilize OTN networks over the forecast period. This may lead to increased demand for OTN transport and switching equipment.
Carriers with homogeneous networks may not find utility for OTN network. Additionally, increasing cost of deploying OTN may restrain OTN transport and switching equipment market growth. Optical Transport Network (OTN) comprise of Optical Network Elements (ONE) interconnected using high-speed optical fiber links to provide transport, switching, multiplexing, management, supervision functionality OTN delivers a transparent framework to efficiently carry diverse network traffics. Additionally, OTN can be used with Wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), Wavelength Switched Optical Networks (WSON), and Time-division multiplexing (TDM) devices. The G.709 OTN defines a frame format, which wraps data packets in a format similar to SONET frame.
OTN products are broadly classified into OTN Transport and OTN Switching Equipment, both of which are anticipated to contribute significantly to OTN transport and switching equipment market growth over the next few years. OTN transport and switching equipment can be used in long-range data transfer. Further, these devices provide performance monitoring functionality. Additionally, enhanced fault detection functionality offered by OTN transport and switching equipment is anticipated to contribute to market growth. Europe and North America are anticipated to contribute significantly to OTN transport and switching equipment market growth over the forecast period owing to developed OTN networks. Asia Pacific countries such as India and China are projected to contribute to the market growth owing to rising multimedia traffic and growing network infrastructure availability.
Key players in OTN transport and switching equipment market include ADTRAN Inc. (US), ADVA Optical Networking SE (Germany), Aliathon Technology Ltd. (UK), Alcatel-Lucent (France), Ciena Corporation (US), Cisco Systems, Inc. (US), ECI Telecom Ltd. (Israel), Fujitsu Limited (Japan), Huawei Technologies (China), JDS Uniphase Corporation (US), NEC Corporation (Japan), Ericsson (Sweden), Tellabs, Inc. (the U.S.), ZTE Corporation (China), and Infinera Corporation (US). In April 2015, Infinera Corporation announced that Facebook Inc. deployed an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network for its terrestrial optical network. The optical network spans 3,998 kilometers and can deliver up to eight TB per second data without requiring regeneration. Verizon launched 100G technology utilizing OTN transport and switching equipment for Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore in Jan 2015. Ciena Systems Inc. in partnership with Cisco has received an order for setting 100 Gbps metro network gear in the U.S. for Verizon Communications Inc. This is further anticipated to increase OTN transport and switching equipment market demand.
Huawei Technologies provides end-to-end intelligent WDM/OTN optical transport solutions designed for backbone core, metro aggregation, the metro core layer, and metro edge networks. These solutions provide 400G/200G high-capacity OTN transport, ultra-long distance transmissions with 2nd Gen SD-FEC technology, 25.6T OTN cross-connection capacity, MS-OTN unified access and ASON/T-SDN control panel. The WDM/OTN solution by Huawei is easy to maintain and reliable. Further, it provides for fast and flexible service provisioning allowing carries to offer attractive diversified services. ECI Telecom Ltd. offers products such as APOLLO OPT9603, OPT9624, OPT9608, OPT9914, OPT9624, and OPT9932 suitable for use over OTN. NEC Corporation has developed its FN series WDM/OTN equipment, FN 1100/1200 to cater to rapid developments of broadband, video, and mobile services. The FN series OTN equipment provides a flexible, robust, and intelligent low-OPEX transport network to operators. In February 2013, Fujitsu Limited launched Fujitsu FLASHWAVE CDS micro packet ONP, a high-density OTN EDGE switch, which provides 80G of non-blocking switching within a 2RU rack space. ADVA Optical Networking SE provides FSP 3000 to support high-speed OTN and ethernet managed wavelength services.
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