Fiber Optic Circulators Global Market Forecast & Analysis

 Published On: May, 2014 |    No of Pages: 365 |  Published By: ElectroniCast Consultants | Format: Excel   |   Request Free Sample

The deployment of optical fiber in the metro/access, the continuing demand for upgrading networks to accommodate rapidly increasing bandwidth requirements, plus the need for additional monitoring and testing of the optical fiber networks will drive the steady consumption of fiber optic circulators.

As terrestrial national backbone and undersea systems approaching Tb/s capacities, advanced fiber-optic components, such as fiber optic circulators, are key in enabling DWDM systems with narrow channel spacing to achieve the large numbers of channels required. Fiber optic circulators are used with erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA), fiber optic sensor applications, dense WDM (DWDM), optical add/drop multiplexing (OADM), optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR fiber optic test equipment), SANs (Storage Area Networks), bi-directional transmission systems, dispersion compensators, and other devices.

This report by ElectroniCast Consultants provides a detailed fiber optic circulator market forecast for each year, 2013-2018. The forecast is presented in terms of Quantity (number of units), Average Selling Prices (ASPs) per unit and Consumption Values. The forecast data for the following regions, plus a Global summary:

• America (South, Central and North America)
• EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
• APAC (Asia Pacific)

The forecasts are presented in the following application segments:

• Telecommunications
• Private Data Networks
• Cable TV
• Military/ Aerospace
• Specialty Applications

Additionally, the fiber optic circulator market is presented by the following port-count configurations:

• 3 - Ports
• 4 - Ports
• More than 4 - Ports (> 4 - Ports)

Fiber Optic Circulators are non-reciprocal devices, which means that changes in the properties of light passing through the device are not reversed when the light passes through in the opposite direction. The optical device is commonly used in a wide variety of systems, here are just a few examples: dispersion compensation, optical sensors, optical amplifiers, WDM systems, optical add/drops multiplexing (OADMs) and test/measurement instruments such as optical time-domain reflectometers (OTDRs), remote fiber (optic) test systems (RFTS) and other test equipment.

Fiber optic circulator functionality is an excellent candidate for integrating with a transmitter and receiver into a single package. Circulators provide an ideal solution for coupling devices into a fiber optic network without the inherent 3dB loss of an optical coupler. Circulators directional functionality enable simultaneously adding and dropping signals from a fiber as well as coupling other optical signal processing devices.

Fiber optic circulators typically fall into two main classes: 4-port waveguide circulators based on Faraday rotation of propagating waves in a magnetized material, and 3-port "turnstile" or "Y-junction" circulators based on cancellation of waves propagating over two different paths near a magnetized material.

During 2013-2018, the worldwide value is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of 6.88 percent. The consumption value is forecast to increase with rising quantity growth partially offset by declining average prices.

The Asia Pacific region (APAC) was the leader in terms of relative market share in 2013 with the consumption value of fiber optic circulators, led by “green-field” telecommunication deployment; the American region (South, Central and North America) was a close 2nd in market share in 2013.

The Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) consumption of fiber optic circulators is forecast to lag behind; growing faster than the American region, and about ½ as fast as the APAC region.

Consumption is based on the geographical (region) location where the fiber optic circulator is first used into a higher-level sub-component, component, or apparatus. All values and prices, reported by ElectroniCast Consultants, are at factory as-shipped levels, and are in current dollars, which include the effect of a forecasted 5 percent annual inflation rate over the forecast period.

3-Port Leads in Fiber Optic Circulator Value -  In terms of worldwide consumption value, the 3-Port fiber optic circulators held an 80% market share in 2013. According to the ElectroniCast, over 70% of the 3-Port fiber optic circulators in 2013 are used in Telecommunication applications.

Telecommunications is set to maintain its dominant market share lead throughout the forecast period. Specialty applications (R&D laboratory, sensors, test equipment, oil/gas, other) are set to maintain the position of second-place, according to ElectroniCast.

Market Research Methodology Information Base

This study is based on analysis of information obtained continually over the past two decades, but updated through April 2014. During this period, ElectroniCast analysts performed interviews with authoritative and representative individuals in the fiber optics, telecommunications, datacom, cable TV and other communication industries, from the standpoint of both suppliers and users of fiber optic transmission links. The interviews were conducted principally with:

• Engineers, marketing personnel and management at manufacturers of fiber optic circulators, collimators, specialty fiber, connectors, isolators, couplers, DWDM filter modules, dispersion compensators, photonic switches, attenuators, modulators, transmitters/receivers, OADMs and other related optical communication components.

• Engineers, marketing, purchasing personnel and market planners at major users of passive and active optical components, such as telecommunication transmission, switching, distribution and apparatus equipment, regional and interexchange (IXC) telephone companies, alternative local carriers, data communications equipment companies, cable TV system suppliers, military/aerospace OEMs, utilities and a number of other end users of
fiber optic communication components and technology.

The interviews covered issues of technology, pricing, contract size, reliability, documentation, installation/maintenance crafts, standards, supplier competition and other topics.

A full review of published information was also performed to supplement information obtained through interviews. The following sources were reviewed:

• Professional technical journals and papers

• Trade press articles

• Technical conference proceedings

• Additional information based on previous ElectroniCast market studies, including the Fiber Optic Forecast Service Data Base, the Fiber Optic Cable Forecast, the Optical Amplifier and Component Global Forecast, the Intraenclosure Optical Interconnect Forecast, the Fiber Optic Installation Apparatus Forecast, the Fiber Optic Circulator Forecast, Fiber Optic Coupler, Attenuator, Isolator, Filter, Collimators, DWDM, Switch, Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers, Transmitters/Receivers, SONET/SDH, and other related component Market Forecasts

• Personal knowledge of the research team

In analyzing and forecasting the complexities of the Global market for fiber optic communication components, it is essential that the market research team have a good and a deep understanding of the technology and of the industry. ElectroniCast members who participated in this report were qualified.

Bottom-up Methodology

ElectroniCast forecasts are developed initially at the lowest detail level and then summed to successively higher levels. The background market research focuses on the amount of each type of product used in each application in the base year (2013), and the prices paid at the first transaction from the manufacturer. This forms the base year data. ElectroniCast analysts then forecast the growth rates in component quantity use in each application, along with price trends, based on competitive, economic and technology forecast trends, and apply these to derive long term forecasts at the lowest application levels. The usage growth rate forecasts depend heavily on analysis of overall end user trends toward digital broadband communication equipment usage and economic payback.

Cross-Correlation Increases Accuracy  The quantities of fiber optic transmitters/receivers, modulators, isolators, circulators, couplers, DWDM filters, attenuators, optical amplifiers and other optical communication components used in a particular application are interrelated. Since ElectroniCast conducts annual analysis and forecast updates in each component field, accurate current quantity estimates are part of the corporate database. These quantities are cross-correlated as a "sanity check".

ElectroniCast, each year since 1985, has conducted extensive research and updated their forecasts of each fiber optic component category. As technology and applications have advanced, the number of component subsets covered by the forecasts has expanded impressively.

The calculation and analysis data spreadsheet technique is based upon input/output analysis, leveraging the quantitative consumption quantity, price and value of each item in each application at all levels to achieve reasonable quantitative conclusions. This interactive analysis concept, first applied on a major scale by Leonteff, of the US Department of Commerce, in the mid 1950s, was then adopted successfully by analyst/forecasting firms Quantum Science, Gnostic Concepts and (in 1981) by ElectroniCast.

Table of Contents

1. Fiber Optic Circulator Market Forecast – Executive Summary 1-1
1.1 Market and Technology Overview 1-1
1.2 Private Enterprise Optical Communication Networks 1-11
1.3 Use of Fiber Optics in Harsh Environments 1-21
1.4 Fiber Optic Networks – Overview 1-32
1.5 Fiber Optics Industry: Decade-to-Decade 1-85

2. Fiber Optic Circulator Competition 2-1
2.1 Company Profiles – Fiber Optic Circulators and Selected Related Products 2-1
Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd. 2-1
AC Photonics, Inc. 2-3
AFW Technologies Pty. Ltd. 2-5
Aistana 2-7
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (AFOP) 2-8
AOC Technologies Inc. (AOC) 2-9
Ascentta Inc 2-11
Bank Photonics, Inc. 2-13
Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATi) 2-14
Clearfield, Inc. 2-16
Conoptics 2-18
CVI Melles Griot 2-19
DiCon Fiber Optics Inc. 2-20
Edmund Optics 2-21
Electro-Optics Technology, Inc 2-22
FDK Corporation 2-23
Fiberer Global Tech Ltd. 2-25
Fiberlake Technology Co. Ltd (Shenzhen) 2-27
Finisar Corporation 2-28
Flyin Optronics Co., Ltd. 2-29
FOCI 2-29
General Photonics 2-30
Golight Technology Co., Ltd (Shenzhen) 2-32
Gould Fiber Optics 2-33
Hitachi High Technologies America 2-35
Ingellen Technology Company 2-36
Integrated Photonics Inc. 2-37
Isowave/Deltronic 2-38
JDS Uniphase Corporation 2-40
Kyocera Corporation 2-41
Lightel Technologies Inc. 2-43
LightPath Technologies, Inc. 2-45
LINOS AG - Photonics 2-46
Microwave Photonic Systems (MPS), Inc. 2-48
Newport Corporation 2-50
OF-Link Communications Co., Ltd 2-52
O-Net Communications Limited (Shenzhen Kaifa Technology Co., Ltd) 2-53
Oplink Communications Inc. 2-54
Opterna 2-56
OptiWorks, Inc. 2-57
Opto-Link Corporation Limited 2-59
Optosun Technology 2-62
Optowaves Inc. 2-63
OZ Optics Limited 2-64
Photop Technologies, Inc. 2-65
Primanex Corporation 2-65
Qbic Laser System Inc. 2-67
Reliable Photonics 2-68
SAE Magnetics (TDK) / OCC 2-70
Senko Advanced Components, Inc. 2-71
Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited 2-73
Silicon Lightwave Technology, Inc 2-74
Sumitomo Metal Mining 2-75
SUN Telecommunication Company, Limited 2-84
Thorlabs 2-84
Wuhan Yilut Optical Communication Co., Ltd. 2-88
Zhen ZhongGe Technology Co., Ltd (ZG Tech) 2-89
2.2 Fiber Optic Circulator Competition: Market Share Estimates 2-90

3. Regional Market Forecasts 3-1
3.1 Overview 3-1
3.2 America Market Forecast Data Tables 3-15
3.3 EMEA Market Forecast Data Tables 3-21
3.4 APAC Market Forecast Data Tables 3-27

4. Optical Communication Trends 4-1
4.1 Fiber Network Technology Trends 4-1
4.2 Components 4-17
4.2.1 Overview 4-17
4.2.2 Transmitters and Receivers 4-18
4.2.3 Optical Amplifiers 4-19
4.2.4 Dispersion Compensators 4-20
4.2.5 Fiber Cable 4-22
4.3 Devices and Parts 4-23
4.3.1 Overview 4-23
4.3.2 Emitters and Detectors 4-28
4.3.3 VCSEL & Transceiver Technology Review 4-30
4.3.4 Optoelectronic Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) 4-44
4.3.5 Modulators 4-44
4.3.6 Packages 4-50
4.3.7 Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits 4-50

5. ElectroniCast Market Research Methodology 5-1
5.1 Research and Analysis Methodology 5-1
5.2 Assumptions of Fiber Optic Component Global Market Forecast 5-7

6. Definitions: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and General Terms 6-1

7. ElectroniCast Market Forecast Data Base – Overview and Tutorial 7-1

Addendum: EXCEL – Data Base Spreadsheets

Complete Fiber Optic Circulator Market Forecast


List of Figures

1.1.1 4-Port Fiber Optic Circulator Application 1-2
1.1.2 Fiber Optic Circulator Use in DWDM/OADM Application 1-3
1.1.3 Polarization Maintaining Optical Circulator 1-4
1.2.1 TIA-942 Standard: Basic Data Center Topology 1-20
1.4.1 FTTP PON Architecture 1-46
1.4.2 Africa: Subocean Fiber Cable 1-75
1.5.1 UDWDM 2500 Channel Filter Module 1-92
1.5.2 Evolution of Research Emphasis during Technology Life Cycle 1-100

2.1.1 Polarization Independent Optical Circulator 2-9
2.1.2 In-Line Optical Isolator 2-10
2.1.3 Polarization Maintaining Optical Circulator (Dimensions) 2-15
2.1.4 Fiber Optic Discrete Circulator 2-17
2.1.5 In-Line Optical Isolator L-band 2-23
2.1.6 Optical Circulator 2-24
2.1.7 1550nm Optical Isolator - Single / Dual Stage 2-26
2.1.8 4-Port Fiber Optic Circulator 2-30
2.1.9 In-Line Optical Isolator with Dimensions 2-31
2.1.10 Polarization Maintaining (PM) Fiber Optic Circulator 2-34
2.1.11 Fiber Optic Circulator 2-36
2.1.12 Optical Isolators (Shortpak Optical Isolators) 2-39
2.1.13 Single Stage Optical Isolators 2-49
2.1.14 Polarization Insensitive Circulator 2-50
2.1.15 In-Line Fiber Optic Isolators 2-51
2.1.16 Product Coverage 2-53
2.1.17 Product Coverage 2-57
2.1.18 Fiber Optic Circulator 2-59
2.1.19 Fiber Optic Circulator 2-63
2.1.20 Locations 2-71
2.1.21 Fiber Optic Circulator 2-72
2.1.22 Surface Mounting Optical Isolator 2-75
2.1.23 Magnet Free Optical Isolator 2-76
2.1.24 Circular Cylinder Optical Isolator 2-76
2.1.25 Pigtail Optical Isolator 2-77
2.1.26 Receptacle Optical Isolator 2-77
2.1.27 Free-Space Isolator 2-85 Genealogy of VCSELs 4-32 CWDM SFP 1G 80km Transceiver 4-38 Typical Intra-Office Interconnections 4-31 1-Port OC-768c/STM-256c Tunable WDMPOS Interface Module 4-43 40 to 60Gbps Silicon-Based Optical Modulator 4-47 Integrated silicon optical transceiver for large-volume data transmission 4-49 Trend of Transceiver Packaging Density, Gigabits/Cubic Inch 4-56

5.1.1 ElectroniCast Market Research & Forecasting Methodology 5-4

List of Tables

1.1.1 Fiber Optic Circulator Global Forecast, By Region ($, Million) 1-5
1.1.2 Fiber Optic Circulator Global Forecast, By Application ($, Million) 1-6
1.1.3 Fiber Optic Circulator Global Forecast, By Port-Count ($, Million) 1-7
1.2.1 IEEE 802.3ae and 802.3ba Standard: OM3- and OM4-Specified Distances for Ethernet 1-13
1.2.2 IEEE 802.3ba 40G/100G - Physical Layer Specifications 1-14
1.4.1 Internet Service Providers in Canada 1-53
1.4.2 Research Institutions in Gwangju 1-82

2.2.1 2013 – Fiber Optic Circulator Worldwide Competitor Market Share (%) 2-90

3.1.1 Fiber Optic Circulator Global Forecast, By Application ($, Million) 3-6
3.1.2 Fiber Optic Circulator Global Forecast, By Application (Quantity/Units) 3-7
3.1.3 ElectroniCast Market Forecast Fiber Optic Circulator Component Categories 3-9
3.1.4 ElectroniCast Market Forecast Fiber Optic Circulator Application Categories 3-10
3.1.5 Global Total Consumption Forecast: Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-11
3.1.6 Global Total Consumption Forecast: 3-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-12
3.1.7 Global Total Consumption Forecast: 4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-13
3.1.8 Global Total Consumption Forecast: >4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-14
3.2.1 Fiber Optic Circulator America Forecast, By Application ($, Million) 3-15
3.2.2 Fiber Optic Circulator America Forecast, By Application (Quantity/Units) 3-16
3.2.3 America Total Consumption Forecast: Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-17
3.2.4 America Total Consumption Forecast: 3-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-18
3.2.5 America Total Consumption Forecast: 4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-19
3.2.6 America Total Consumption Forecast: >4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-20
3.3.1 Fiber Optic Circulator EMEA Forecast, By Application ($, Million) 3-21
3.3.2 Fiber Optic Circulator EMEA Forecast, By Application (Quantity/Units) 3-22
3.3.3 EMEA Total Consumption Forecast: Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-23
3.3.4 EMEA Total Consumption Forecast: 3-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-24
3.3.5 EMEA Total Consumption Forecast: 4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-25
3.3.6 EMEA Total Consumption Forecast: >4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-26
3.4.1 Fiber Optic Circulator APAC Forecast, By Application ($, Million) 3-27
3.4.2 Fiber Optic Circulator APAC Forecast, By Application (Quantity/Units) 3-28
3.4.3 APAC Total Consumption Forecast: Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-29
3.4.4 APAC Total Consumption Forecast: 3-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-30
3.4.5 APAC Total Consumption Forecast: 4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-31
3.4.6 APAC Total Consumption Forecast: >4-Port Fiber Optic Circulators (Value, Quantity, ASPs) 3-32
3.4.7 Countries Classified in the APAC Region 3-33

7.1 Fiber Optic Circulator Data Base Categories, by Component Type 7-2
7.2 Fiber Optic Circulator Data Base Categories, by Application 7-3

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