Report: Embedded OTDR/SFP transceivers to dominate for remote fiber testing, monitoring

Jan. 10, 2017
ElectroniCast Consultants reports the market for OTDR devices of all types used in remote fiber testing and monitoring is forecasted to reach $230.6 million by the year 2021.

ElectroniCast Consultants, a market and technology research consultancy addressing the fiber-optic communications industry, has released an extensive report covering the worldwide market for optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR)-based devices used for remote continuous (i.e. 24/7 active monitoring) or periodic/scheduled remote testing/monitoring of optical fiber lines.

According to the study, the worldwide use of OTDR devices of all types used in remote fiber testing and monitoring applications is forecasted to reach $230.6 million in the year 2021. Specifically, the market review and forecast report covers the use of rack/bench-top OTDRs; portable OTDRs; and lastly, embedded mini/micro OTDRs built into small form factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceivers.

In the study, Electronicast's analysts reveal that the consumption value of SFP optical transceivers, which have an embedded (integrated) OTDR for detecting problem-points along an optical fiber link, is forecasted to dominate the market share of OTDR devices in remote fiber testing and monitoring applications.

“Critical-use/high data-rate optical fiber links are increasing to meet huge bandwidth demands, increasing the number of links at an explosive growth rate,” explains Stephen Montgomery, director of the fiber-optic component group at ElectroniCast. “The demand to add more bandwidth capability in a smaller space/smaller footprint, along with improving service-level agreement (SLA) pressures, are just a few of the many strong selling points for the use of embedded OTDR/SFP transceivers."

The market forecast report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants. For more information, visit

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