Study: Bandwidth urgency drives fiber-optic connector, mechanical splice market

Jan. 3, 2011
Cost concerns are being addressed with the introduction of smaller, lower cost, and easier to install connectors, finds ElectroniCast Consultants.

A dramatic increase in bandwidth demand beyond the limits of copper is driving growth in global fiber-optic connector/mechanical splice consumption, according to a 2009-2014 forecast recently released by ElectroniCast Consultants.

Technological advances in fiber optics are assuring the migration of fiber closer to the end user, says Electronicast. This translates into demand for shorter links where connectors represent a substantial share of the total installation cost, the market research firm states.

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The cost concerns are being addressed with the introduction of smaller, lower cost, and easier to install connectors, says the research. Multifiber connector use is still relatively small, but will be the choice for an increasing number of high fiber density interconnect applications, the forecast predicts, particularly as 40-Gigabit Ethernet and 100-Gigabit Ethernet deployments begin.

The 2009-2014 forecast is presented for each significant fiber-optic connector and mechanical splice used in selected communication applications. The market data are segmented into the geographic regions, plus a global summary.

The report provides the consumption value (US$, million), quantity (number/units), and average selling prices ($, each). The average selling prices are based on the price of the connector/splice at the initial factory level. For more information, visit:

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