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15 August 2011
The global optical network equipment market jumped 13% in the second quarter of 2011, following an 11% decline in the first quarter, according to the latest figures from Infonetics Research.  The long term trend remains positive, with the market being up 21% in the second quarter 2011 compared to the same quarter a year ago.
"Our expectations for single-digit market growth this year remain in reach. If global optical network equipment spending in the second half of 2011 is flat with the first half, total spending for 2011 will be up 6.5%," commented Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst for optical at Infonetics Research.
The market was up in all regions globally, both quarter-over-quarter and year-on-year. “The strength of the optical market in the EMEA region needs to be qualified,” said Schmitt. “5% of the gains are due to currency effects, and all of the growth came from ZTE and Huawei.”  Removing the contribution of these vendors to EMEA sales would result in a sequential decline for the region, he notes.
Huawei and ZTE also posted “strong results” in the Asia Pacific region.  North American vendors posted modest quarter-over-quarter gains with good performances by Fujitsu and Tellabs.
Infonetics’ Optical Network Hardware quarterly market report tracks wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and synchronous digital hierarchy/synchronous optical networking (SDH/SONET) equipment as well as packet optical transport systems (P-OTS).  WDM continues to increase its share of the optical hardware market with spending for the second quarter 2011 being up 37% year-over-year.  The ROADM market gave its strongest performance yet; for the first six months of 2011, sales were up 55% from the comparable period a year ago.
By Pauline Rigby