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

Share this on social media:

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.

However, data for the last quarter of 2016 – when shipments increased sharply – indicates that suppliers are catching up with the demand. Applied Optoelectronics, ColorChip, Finisar, InnoLight, Intel, Luxtera and Source Photonics all reported high-volume shipments of these products.

Overall, close to one million units were shipped in 2016, including more than 700,000 QSFP28 modules. Half of these were shipped in the fourth quarter.

Expectations for 2017 are high because construction on new mega data centres and upgrades to the existing ones will require a lot of 100GbE optics.

LightCounting will use the latest market data to update its forecast for Ethernet optical transceivers, which will be included in the ‘High-Speed Ethernet Optics Report’ to be published on March 31.

Recent News

25 May 2022

New UK ISP and network builder, Upp has invested in a software solution to help tackle the shortage of fibre network designers in the UK.

25 May 2022

UK start-up alternative provider, Freedom Fibre has secured a total £100m commitment of scale-up funding, just over a year since its formation.

24 May 2022

The FTTH Council Europe has revealed its latest market reports at the FTTH Conference in Vienna.

24 May 2022

An operator and two individuals that have actively contributed to the acceleration of FTTH in Europe have been recognised with awards at the FTTH Conference.