Growing network bandwidth requirements is expected to drive the global ROADM WSS components market. Network operators face continued challenges to modify the current optical networks worldwide to meet increasing demand. Traditionally, modifying the network meant adding new wavelengths or changing distribution of current wavelengths. ROADM WSS components provide added flexibility to easily manage wavelengths. Further, ROADM WSS components enable network managers to track wavelengths, monitor network operations and deploy new wavelengths easily. Additionally, ROADM benefits such as reduced network operation cost, remote process management, full monitoring and control over high capacity network infrastructure are expected to drive the ROADM WSS components market. These components enhance service speed without major network changes or causing traffic disruptions. ROADM WSS components provide automated handling of bypass wavelengths. Further, demand for dynamic ROADMs coupled with surging demand for Wavelength Selective Switches enabled ROADMs is expected to contribute significantly to market growth. Technological advancements in ROADM WSS components may further contribute to the ROADM WSS components market. Increasing video traffic coupled with surge in IPTV demand is projected to drive the ROADM WSS component market over the forecast period.
Reducing cost while maintaining the quality standards may pose a challenge to the ROADM WSS component market. Additionally, increasing supply chain inventory requirements is anticipated to hamper market growth. Increasing ROADM WSS component deployment complexities and cost resulting may further restrict market growth. Additionally, ROADM network services launch pose various challenges and put on multiple constraints on existing networks. Constraints on existing networks include increased insertion loss per node to approximately 12 dB. Further complexities such as channel path irregularity make measuring of optical loss per channel for different ROADM configuration mandatory. ROADM networks inability to maintain a typical noise shape result in inaccurate optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) measurements. ROADM WSS components are widely classified into Blocker-based, Edge, PLC-based, and Wavelength Selective Switches (WSS). ROADMS components are utilized for degree two, degree three and multiple degree nodes.Asia Pacific is anticipated to contribute significantly to market growth owing to increasing IP video traffic in India and China. Europe and North America are expected to contribute to market growth owing to developed network infrastructure that allows for faster data transfer.
Key market players include, Cisco Systems Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Tellabs Inc., Alcatel Lucent, Movaz Networks Inc., Nortel Networks Ltd., OpVista Inc., Tropic Networks Inc., AC Photonics Inc.,Alliance Fiber Optic Products, AOC Technologies, Aegis Lightwave Inc., Auxora Inc. Additionally, industry participants include DuPont Photonics Technologies, Finisar Corporation, Shenzhen Hi-Optel Technology Co. Ltd., Silicon Light Machines, The Fibers Inc., TeraXion Inc., Emit Technology Co. Ltd., Enablence Technologies, Oplink Communications Inc., CoAdna Photonics Inc. Avanex Corporation, Ciena Corporation, Avo Photonics, and Xerox Corporation. Fujitsu pioneered the development and deployment of ROADM technology in 2003. Cisco Systems Inc. along with Ciena Corporation received order from Verizon Communications Inc for setting up a 100Gbps metro network gear in the U.S.. In March 2015, CoAdna Photonics Inc. introduced its compact series of WSS. The WSS units is designed incorporate ROADM into systems with small shelves and for low cost applications.
In Sept 2014, Finisar had launched its Next Gen ROADM components series. Fujitsu Ltd. trademark Flashwave series of ROADMs are designed for advanced DWDM, ROADM and network capabilities to manage delivery of growing networks in metro and regional areas. These systems support a combination of ETSI and ANSI certified solutions with flexible configuration to optimize regional and metro networks. In Jan 2015, Verizon launched 100G technologies in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore utilizing Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430. In Feb 2015, Ciena Corporation launched new WaveLogic architecture, chips and switches for 'web-scale world'. These include two versions of WaveLogic coherent processors, a metro-friendly version of flexible photonic architecture, and a pair of Service Delivery Switches (SDS) for small cell mobile backhaul. The Coherent select capability of these processors is designed to provide flexibility to fixed filter DWDM platform networks rather than ROADMs.
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