Welcome to LightCounting! We provide analysis & forecasts of the market and technologies for optical and wire-line communications.

  • Quarterly Market Update Report (September 2015)

    LightCounting's Quarter Market Update reports are designed to provide an easy-to-digest snapshot of optical transceiver growth trends, backed up with detailed quarter-by-quarter sales data collected via LightCounting's proprietary vendor survey...

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  • Optical Communications Market Forecast Report (August 2015)

    This report provides a detailed market demand forecast through 2020 for optical components and modules used in Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, CWDM/DWDM, wireless infrastructure...

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Upcoming Reports:


Mobile Fronthaul Optics (November 2015)

Active Optical Cables and Embedded Optical Modules (December 2015)

Quarterly Market Update Report (December 2015)

Market Opportunity for Optical Integration Technologies, including Silicon Photonics (January 2016)


Upcoming Events


See LightCounting's Analysts at Supercomputing, November 15-20, 2015, Austin, TX.


See LightCounting's Analysts at IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Meeting November 9-13, 2015 Dallas, TX




About Light Counting

LightCounting is a market research and consulting company focused on aiding executive management decision making at system and component companies involved with high-speed communications in the Datacom, Telecom, CATV, FTTx, and consumer markets.

We provide detailed forecasts and market analysis of industry trends, technology development and market opportunities. We analyze both the supply-side and demand-side for communications interconnects. Our analysis is based on confidential sales data provided by leading component and module suppliers and offers a unique port-based view of the industry.

Our reports and service products are designed to help executives plan and run their businesses. We support decision making based on facts and data with realistic projections. Our research covers the entire supply chain including components, modules, and systems.

Our analyst team includes industry veterans with expertise in optical components, optical systems, communication semiconductors, and network design, deployment and operation.

Research Coverage Areas


  • Transceivers, transponders, and modules
  • Serial and parallel optical transceivers
  • Active optical cables
  • Embedded board-level optics

Communications Semiconductors: 10GBase-T

Wired interconnects: CX-4 InfiniBand, Cat5/6/7 Ethernet, Direct Attach copper

Markets: Datacom, Telecom, FTTx, CATV, Consumer


  • Ethernet: 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G and future coverage of 400G and 1000G
  • Fibre Channel: 1G, 2G, 4G, 8G,16G, 32G and Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet (FCoE)
  • InfiniBand: SDR, DDR, QDR, FDR, EDR 2.5G-25G
  • SONET/SDH: OC-3, OC-12, OC48, OC-192, OC-768
  • PON: BPON, GPON, EPON, Point2Point Ethernet, WD-PON
  • Wireless back haul: 1G, 3G, 6G CPRI, SONET, Ethernet
  • InfiniBand: Direct Attach, transceivers and active optical cables
  • PCI Express: Transceivers and active optical cables

Other technologies: Silicon Photonics, Wireless Back Haul, Optical Amplifiers, WSS & ROADMS

Systems: Servers & HPCs, Switches & Routers, Telecom Systems, consumer devices


Quarterly Market Update Report (September 2015)

LightCounting's Quarter Market Update reports are designed to provide an easy-to-digest snapshot of optical transceiver growth trends, backed up with detailed quarter-by-quarter sales data collected via LightCounting's proprietary vendor survey....More information


Market Forecast Report (August 2015)

The forecast report presents analysis of business and capital expenditures (CapEx) of the top fifteen service providers, as well as trends in the networking equipment market and business of leading equipment manufacturers....More information


Next Generation FTTx Optics (July 2015)

‘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 by governments and corporations alike.....More information


High-Speed Datacenter Optical Interconnects (June 2015)

This report analyzes the impact of growing data traffic and changing architecture of data centers on market forecast for Ethernet and Fibre Channel optical transceivers. It leverages extensive historical....More information


State of the Industry Report: Disruption and Transformation Continue (May 2015)

The annual revenue of optical components and module makers has grown in each of the last five years, while the average net margin of those same companies has see-sawed back and forth between profit and loss. This report provides a holistic analysis of the global communications industry, and the factors affecting profitability at each level of the value chain. More information


The Active Optical Cable Market Analysis & Forecast Report (December 2014)

This report examines the product segment that embeds optical transceiver technologies into enclosed cables that hide the high-speed optics behind...More information


Mobile Fronthaul Optics (November 2014)

Mobile fronthaul is a new and fast growing network segment that is driven by the deployment of high capacity 4G mobile networks. This report describes the $500+ million mobile fronthaul market ...More information


Intra-System Optical Interconnects (April 2014)

This report examines the product segment that embeds optical interconnect technologies inside computer and communication systems. More information newreportaoc


Our Products

We offer two types of reports and databases

  1. Industry Reports
    • Forecast reports and database (updated each 6 months)
    • Market Update (updated quarterly)
    • State-of-The-Industry report (updated annually)
  2. Focus Reports
    • Active Optical Cables
    • FTTx
    • High Speed Datacenter Interconnects
    • Mobile Fronthaul Optics

Delivery: We offer reports and databases delivered electronically in Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Excel and in Adobe PDF formats.


Individual reports: $5,000

Report packages: 3-12 reports with a single purchase order enables a significant discount and substantial cost savings.

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Continuous Information Services: This package consists of groups of reports and databases, a choice of several Focus reports and extensive access to analysts for inquires and discussions. Subscribing to the CIS also entitles you to advance forecasts and publications ahead of general release. Also includes at least 8 research notes per year (mini reports).

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Custom Consulting Services

The LightCounting team offers custom consulting services tailored to the specific needs of each client when additional analysis beyond the numbers is required. Maybe you are contemplating launching a new product, expanding into a new geographic market, business or market segment, or planning for a new product launch... we can help.
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LightCounting in the Press

September 22, 2015 SWDM Alliance Formed to Support Duplex Multimode Fiber for Enterprise and Datacenter Applications at 40 and 100 Gbps

August 12, 2015 The Case for Silicon Photonics

July 31, 2015 Twelve Leading Global Networking Companies Join Forces to Define uQSFP for Next Generation Data Communications

July 8, 2015 IPO Outlook Series Q3 2015 - InnoLight Technology

July 2, 2015 Web 2.0 Companies Will Buy a lot of Optical Modules Says LightCounting

July 1, 2015 Mega Datacenters Will Consume 30% of Ethernet and 20% of DWDM Optics Sold in 2021, Driven by Increasing Use of 100G

June 9, 2015 Global FTTx Optical Components and Modules Market Set for Second Growth Wave 2015-2020

May 26, 2015 The Journey to 400 Gigabit Ethernet

May 22, 2015 Increased Data Center Deployments Boost Active Optical Cable Market

May 14, 2015 Can Optical Components Vendors Find a Strategy for Success

March 23, 2015 Consortium for on Board Optics

March 23, 2015 Luxtera Debuts 100G-PSM4 Silicon Photonics Chipset and QSFP Module

March 23, 2015 Source Photonics Announces Production Ramp of 100G QSFP28 Transceiver

March 23, 2015 Skorpios Demos 100G System on Chip

March 23, 2015 Semtech Demonstrates Industry's First Monolithic Quad CDR and EML Driver for 100G Applications

March 20, 2015 Fiber Today Article

March 16, 2015 Avago Ships 1 Million 25G VCSEL Channels