Sales of 100GbE Optical Transceivers Exceeded $1.1 Billion in 2016


LightCounting Releases a Preview of the Quarterly Market Database


Demand for 100GbE optics exceeded supply in 2016 and vendors were struggling to add capacity. Shipment data for the last quarter of 2016 indicates that suppliers are catching up with the demand.

Shipments of 100GbE QSFP28 products increased sharply in Q4 2016. Applied Optoelectronics, ColorChip, Finisar, InnoLight, Intel, Luxtera and Source Photonics reported high volume shipments of these products in the latest round of the LightCounting Market Survey.

Total sales of 100GbE transceivers reached $1.15 billion in 2016 up 150% from $460 million in 2015. The number of units shipped was close to 1 million, including more than 700,000 QSFP28 modules. Half of these were shipped in Q4 2016.

Source: LightCounting

Expectations for 2017 are very high. Construction on new mega datacenters and upgrades to the existing ones will require a lot of 100GbE optics. LightCounting will use the latest market data to update forecast for Ethernet Optical Transceivers, which will be included in the High-Speed Ethernet Optics Report to be published on March 31st.

A preview of LightCounting’s quarterly sales database is available to its clients now. The final version of this database will be released on March 16th along with the Quarterly Market Update Report.

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