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Infonetics: WDM Optical Spending Up 8% Year-over-Year; 100G Makes Up 20% of the Market

Market research firm Infonetics Research released vendor market share and preliminary analysis from its 1st quarter 2014 (1Q14) Optical Network Hardware report. (Full report published by May 23.)


“100G spending worldwide in 2013 was breathtaking, with total port shipments tripling during the year. This equates to around $2 billion in spending related to 100G. That’s a lot—roughly 20% of all WDM spending!” reports Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research.

“And this revenue is flowing primarily into the hands of five companies: Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Huawei, and Infinera,” adds Schmitt.


  • Global optical spending is down yet again as legacy SONET/SDH continues to slide: Optical network hardware revenue, including WDM and SONET/SDH, declined 2% year-over-year in 1Q14
  • The WDM segment notched its 7th straight quarter of year-over-year growth, up 8%
  • EMEA experienced a seasonal 4Q to 1Q drop, but this effect is no longer evident in the U.S., a result of large carriers changing spending patterns and smaller carriers operating on a more project-oriented, rather than calendar-oriented, purchasing cycle
  • On a year-over-year basis for 1Q14, Huawei’s revenue market share slipped, Ciena’s soared 26%, and Alcatel-Lucent’s lifted 8%


Infonetics’ quarterly optical hardware report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for metro and long haul SONET/SDH and WDM equipment, Ethernet optical ports, SONET/SDH/POS ports, and WDM ports. Vendors tracked: Adtran, Adva, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, Cyan, ECI, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, NEC, Padtec, Transmode, Tyco Telecom, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:



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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

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