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The optical networking (ON) forecast report is our annual market checkpoint on the ON sector. The ON forecast identifies and discusses the major drivers behind future optical network growth. The forecast also highlights the fast-growing segments within the overall ON market.


  • The optical network forecast highlights the key long-term market dynamics that will drive growth through the forecast period.

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the major system vendors' research and development investment focus.
  • Highlights the growth prospects for the overall market.

Key questions answered

  • What are the fastest growing product categories within the ON market and why?
  • What are the fastest growing regions of the world within the ON market and why?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Forecast summary

  • The global ON market is forecast to reach $19bn in 2021

Results for 3Q16

  • Annualized global revenues grew 10.6% versus the 3Q15 period

Long-range market forecast drivers and barriers

  • Further economic shocks adding to the environment of macroeconomic uncertainty
  • Applications and access extensions are driving technology adoption and core network expansion
  • 4K video has promise to become a winning business model for CSPs

Product group forecasts

  • The macro ON product trends hold steady
  • Industry energies are focused on coherent DSP designs, ramping purpose-built DCI deployments, and preparing for the next-generation control era

Market scenarios and warning signs

  • ON market growth is bounded but positive


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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