LightCounting: Optics supplier profits soared in 2016

Optical components companies have finally emerged from the shadow of the dot-com crash, with the majority returning to profitability in 2016, according to market research firm LightCounting in its ‘State of the Optical Communications Industry’ report.

In fact, the sales-weighted average profitability of publicly-traded optical component and module suppliers reached nine per cent in 2016, exceeded the average net profits of their main customers – communication service providers (CSPs) and suppliers of networking equipment (see figure).


ElectroniCast: Fibre-optic sensors worth $3.38B in 2016

The global consumption of fibre optic sensors will increase to reach $5.98 billion in 2026, up from $3.38 billion in 2016, according to the latest market forecast and analysis from ElectroniCast Consultants.

The study considers both distributed continuous sensors and point (local) fibre-optics sensors. The market share in terms of value is segmented according to region and application category, which include manufacturing, civil engineering, military and aerospace, petrochemical and energy, and biomedical/scientific applications.


Ofcom: business connections can share BT’s ducts and poles

Ofcom has set out detailed plans for improving access to BT’s infrastructure, which include allowing fibre used for business broadband connections, known as leased lines, to share the incumbent’s underground ducts and telegraph poles.

The measures are designed to spur competition and investment in broadband networks, and reduce the UK’s historical reliance on Openreach, the access network business within BT Group.


Compact DCI market nearly tripled in 2016, says IHS Markit

The worldwide market for optical data centre interconnect (DCI) equipment was on fire in 2016 as service providers, internet content providers (ICPs) and enterprises invested to interconnect their expanding and proliferating data centre sites. Globally, optical data centre interconnect (DCI) hardware revenues grew by 49 per cent in 2016 to reach $1.9 billion.

IHS expects that, with continuing data centre growth, the worldwide optical DCI market will hit $4.5 billion in 2021, a five-year compound annual growth rate of 18 per cent.


LightCounting: demand for optics will remain strong in 2017

Optical analyst firm LightCounting has soothing words for optical investors: don’t panic, optical component and module sales in 2017 will be just fine.

Though several suppliers of components and modules guided for lower revenues in the first quarter of 2017, raising concerns of a potential market downturn, LightCounting says its analysis suggests that these concerns are not justified.



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