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The global data center interconnect (DCI) equipment market is projected to exceed $6.4bn by 2022. This report highlights the key trends driving the DCI and purpose-built DCI optical network equipment segments.


  • Ovum forecasts the purpose-built DCI market to grow at a 49% CAGR as the market moves toward solutions that are designed and purpose-built for DCI.

Features and Benefits

  • Segments growth by major buyer categories, including communication service providers, government/research & education, internet content providers/carrier-neutral providers, and enterprise.
  • Segments growth by region, including international subsea.

Key questions answered

  • How fast will the overall DCI segment grow, and why?
  • How fast will the purpose-built DCI segment grow, and why?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Forecast summary

  • The global DCI market is forecast to exceed $6.4bn by 2022

Long-range market forecast drivers and barriers

  • The cloud market land grab
  • The evolution to a network of data centers
  • The intra-data center upgrade cycle will enable further bandwidth growth

Product group forecasts

  • Global forecasts

Regional forecasts

  • The North American ICP market leads technology adoption

Market scenarios and warning signs

  • The long-term growth prospects of DCI remain strong
  • Intense competition is the norm, and vendor bypass is an enduring reality


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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