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Infonetics: OTN Switching is Booming; Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Infinera Cashing In

Market research firm Infonetics Research released its latest OTN and Packet Optical Hardware report, which tracks optical transport network (OTN) switching and transport equipment and packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS).


“OTN switching had a major year of growth in 2013 as service providers prioritized installation of integrated WDM+OTN switching and 100G coherent technology in the core. Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Infinera are the key beneficiaries here,” notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research. “Meanwhile, Chinese carriers continue to expand large deployments of OTN switching, with Huawei as the sole beneficiary.”

Schmitt adds: “Over in the P-OTS space, incumbent vendors Cisco, Fujitsu, Tellabs, Ciena, and Alcatel-Lucent are the market leaders, but new players BTI, Cyan, Transmode, and Ericsson are challenging with pure-play P-OTS platforms.”


  • Worldwide overall OTN revenue totaled $8 billion in 2013, or 66% of all optical network hardware spending
  • The OTN switching segment of the market grew 37% in 2013
  • The market for P-OTS equipment came to $1.7 billion in 2013, split fairly evenly between metro edge and metro regional P-OTS gear
  • P-OTS revenue grew 32% between the second half of 2012 and the second half of 2013
  • Infonetics projects the OTN switching segment to grow at about a 20% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018


Infonetics Principal Analyst Andrew Schmitt is speaking at 4 sessions at the OFC conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 10–12. Come hear Andrew’s views on the state of the optical industry, the news and trends happening at OFC, low-cost 100G interfaces for metro access, and flexible rate OTU for beyond 100G. For more info, or to request a briefing: http://bit.ly/1g6xPYX


Infonetics’ biannual OTN and packet optical report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for OTN transport and switching hardware, including metro edge and metro regional port revenue forecasts by type and speed. Companies tracked: Adtran, Adva, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI, Ciena, Cisco, Cyan, ECI, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, NEC, NSN, Tellabs, Transmode, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.



Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.


Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • SDN and NFV: The Nitty Gritty (Mar. 18: Attend)
  • Virtualizing Networks with SDN NVOs and Bare Metal Switches (Mar. 25: Attend)
  • The Roadmap for the ROADM Network Expansion (Apr. 8: Attend)
  • 100G in the Metro: When and Where It Will Be Economical (View on-demand)
  • All About Edge P-OTS (View on-demand)
  • Coherent Optics: Cheaper, Better, Faster (July: Sponsor)
  • Building More Efficient Networks with Multi-Layer Packet-Optical (2H14: Sponsor)


N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard, [email protected], +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne, [email protected], +1 408-583-3395

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic, [email protected], +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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