Dense wavelength division multiplexing is now the standard for long-haul fiber optic networks, according to a report by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). The report, "U.S. and World Markets for DWDM Multiplexers and EDFAs," identifies fast-growing DWDM equipment markets for metro area networks (MANs).
It also quantifies the market opportunities for DWDM multiplexers and erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) in long-haul networks. The $3 billion DWDM market of 2000 is ready to grow to a minimum of $25 billion by 2006, according to the report.
The MAN is the area of fastest network traffic growth. The strongest network demand surge is in the U.S., which was the first region to allow competition to enter the telecommunications marketplace. Western Europe, now experiencing a furious build out, is establishing a regional presence in the worldwide Internet infrastructure market. The three key forces driving DWDM equipment sales growth are enterprise services on the business side, two-way cable TV on the consumer side, and long-haul capacity in the carrier sector.