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This report is a consolidation and update of two previously published LightCounting reports: Next Generation FTTx Optics, published in July 2015, and the Mobile Fronthaul Optics report published in November of 2015. The two subjects are now addressed in one report because for the first time, the convergence of wireless fronthaul and residential broadband access networks seems likely, due to the continued growth in internet traffic, the advent of the Internet of Things, and the development of 5G mobile technology.
Mobile fronthaul has been a fast growing segment of the optical modules market, driven by the deployment of high capacity 4G mobile networks. ‘Fiber-to-the-X’ is a key enabler of today’s high-speed Internet, and advanced broadband networks are considered essential infrastructure to support future economic growth. Together these two applications consumed more than 115 million optical devices in 2016, worth some $1.7 billion in revenue to components makers.
This report gives our outlook on future optical access networks, including architectures, service provider deployment strategies and trends, component requirements, and the products needed. Leading vendors of access components are profiled, and historical transceiver shipment trends are explained. Acronyms, and pictorial guides to mobile fronthaul and FTTx networks are included as well. A detailed Excel spreadsheet accompanies the report, providing a five-year forecast of fronthaul, backhaul, and FTTx optics shipments, prices, and revenues, broken down by speeds, reaches, and colors.
Click here to download a copy of the Excel Template.