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This report provides a view into optical networking (ON) market share and competitive trends during 4Q15 and full-year 2015. Segments include aggregation, bandwidth management, WDM/CPO-T, and SLTE.


  • ON spending in 4Q15 grew versus the year-earlier quarter for the fifth consecutive time, pushing full-year spending for 2015 to $14.9bn, 6.1% higher than 2014. Huawei maintains its grip on market leadership. The top five market share gainers for 2015 were Fiberhome, Huawei, Infinera, Ciena, and Adva.
  • The market grew in all regions except EMEA in 2015, but Western Europe is doing quite well despite the weaker euro versus US dollar. The ON vendor landscape will be smaller in 2016 with Ciena, Infinera, and Nokia having closed on acquisitions of Cyan, Transmode, and Alcatel-Lucent respectively. Additionally, Cisco and Ericsson formed a strategic partnership that includes ON gear and Juniper agreed to acquire BTI Systems.
  • Global spending on WDM/CPO-T exceeded $11.2bn in 2015, 75% of total global ON market. This is up from 74% in 2014. Spending on 100G surpassed $5.1bn, up 25% from the 2014 levels.

Features and Benefits

  • Details revenues of top-performing vendors in the global ON market, including share position by segment and region.
  • Examines changes in product demand resulting from the global economic climate. .

Key questions answered

  • How did the global optical networking market perform in 4Q15 and 2015? What are the trends by product segment and region?
  • Which ON vendors are increasing their share in the global market? Which products are behind their success?
  • Which segments and regions are outperforming or underperforming expectations and why?
  • What are the key applications driving demand in the ON market?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

4Q15 and 2015 results

  • Year ends with a bang, driving annual sales to highest level in four years

Annual market share

  • Huawei maintains lead in 2015; Fiberhome breaks into top five

Market share changes

  • Growth in China and DCI drove share changes in 2015
  • Vendor highlights

Market growth and outlook

  • The optical network (ON) market is poised to grow to $18bn by 2020, driven by increasing demand for 100G and beyond

Regional analysis

  • Strong growth in Asia-Pacific and North America mitigates weakness in EMEA and improving SCA

Product-level analysis

  • Segment overview: technology-level analysis


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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