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Optical Network Hardware Market Notches Fastest-Growing 4th Quarter in 5 Years

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LONDON, UK (February 22, 2016) - The global optical network equipment market totaled $12.5 billion in 2015, growing 3 percent from the prior year, reports IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS) in its Optical Network Hardware Market Tracker.

“After a subdued 3Q15, this quarter’s results represent a much-needed boost to the optical hardware market, with revenues demonstrating the fastest-growing fourth quarter for five years. Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent, in particular, performed well in the quarter, both gaining significantly in share compared to 3Q15,” said Alex Green, Senior Research Director for IT and Networking at IHS.


  • In the 4th quarter of 2015 (4Q15), worldwide optical spending was $3.5 billion, up 17 percent sequentially, and up 10 percent from the year-ago quarter (4Q14)
  • Spending on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) equipment in 4Q15 totaled $3.1 billion, up 18 percent from 4Q14
  • EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) has not yet come out of its era of slow optical spending, showing a rolling quarter decline of 3 percent in 4Q15
  • And in North America there was somewhat of a bounce back in Q4 after a flat Q3, with the region seeing 5 percent rolling 4-quarter growth
  • For the full-year 2015, the top 5 optical hardware market share leaders are, in rank order, Huawei, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE and Infinera


The quarterly optical network hardware report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2020, analysis and trends for metro and long haul WDM and SONET/SDH equipment, Ethernet optical ports, SONET/SDH/POS ports and WDM ports. Companies tracked: Adtran, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, ECI, Fujitsu, Huawei, Infinera, NEC, Padtec, Transmode, TE Connectivity, ZTE, others.

For more information about the report, contact the sales department at IHS in the Americas at +1 844 301 7334 or; in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at +44 1344 328 300 or; or Asia Pacific (APAC) at +604 291 3600 or




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IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 140 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs approximately 8,600 people in 32 countries around the world.

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