The total optical packet equipment market grew 23 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 to reach $1.1 billion, according to research firm Dell’Oro Group.

Over the trailing four-quarter period, optical packet revenue grew 20 percent to $4.6 billion.

“The optical transport market is aggressively moving towards packet optimized transport systems,” said Jimmy Yu, vice president of optical transport research at Dell’Oro Group.  “This move towards optical packet systems has helped a number of equipment manufacturers increase revenues even as the total optical market contracted during the past year.  The two lead equipment manufacturers in this product segment for the trailing four quarter period were Ciena and Huawei, each garnering about 22 percent of the market revenue.”

Optical packet equipment market:

(Based on revenue)

Total Market

1Q13 Trailing Four Quarter

MFG Revenue ($B)

$4.6 B



Y/Y Growth

North America

34 %

15 %


21 %

11 %

Asia Pacific

39 %

33 %

Rest of World

6 %

7 %

Optical packet platform systems consist of three technology segments—optical packet-transport, optical packet-switch, and optical packet-core switch.