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The optical network market in China was $4.4bn in 2016, with spending predominantly coming from China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom (the China CSPs).


  • Understanding their major market drivers and current and target network architectures, while noting the difference from the North American model, is integral to getting a handle on a key pillar of the global optical networks and components market.

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the major difference between the North American and China ICP-CSP models.
  • Highlights the China CSPs' optical network target architectures.

Key questions answered

  • What are the unique drivers of 100G growth in China?
  • What is the switching node target architecture in China?

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  • Summary
  • The China ICPs-CSPs partnership continues to flourish
  • ROADM market in China will ramp
  • OTN switching will continue to facilitate router bypass
  • 100G port volumes to grow at a 29% CAGR


  • Further reading
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