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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LightCounting: 100GbE optics sales exceeded $1B in 2016

Total sales of 100 Gigabit Ethernet optical transceivers reached $1.15 billion in 2016, an increase of 150 per cent compared to $460 million in 2015, according to the latest data from market research firm LightCounting.

Shipments were constrained in the earlier part of the year as demand for 100 Gigabit Ethernet optics outstripped supply and vendors were struggling to add capacity.

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Board-level optical interconnects worth $5.6B by 2022 says CIR report

An entirely new class of standards-compliant optical boards will provide massive backplane capacity for routers and switches compared to the conventional electrical backplanes and motherboards of today, with the market for such “board-level” optical interconnects growing from $696 million in 2017 to reach $5.6 billion by 2022.

That’s the conclusion of the latest report from industry analyst firm CIR titled, “Opportunities in Board-Level Optical Interconnects: Optics-Enabled Circuit Boards, Optical Engines and Optical Backplanes”.

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No hockey-stick chart for silicon photonics, says LightCounting

Revenues from silicon photonics-based optical transceivers doubled in 2016 compared to the previous year, to exceed $600 million. This doesn’t indicate a sudden market disruption, however; on the contrary, silicon photonics market share is expected to ramp gradually with sales of such products reaching $2 billion by 2022.

That’s the conclusion from analyst firm LightCounting, whose report ‘Integrated Optical Devices: Is Silicon Photonics a Disruptive Technology?’ examines the prospects for silicon photonics and forecasts the market growth over the next five years.

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Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang