Optical gear sales on the up

The market for optical networking equipment is well on the path to recovery after healthy gains in the first quarter, figures from two research firms reveal.
Ovum today estimated the global ON market grew 7% year-on-year to $3.5 billion (€2.4 billion) during the period, while earlier this week Dell ‘Oro calculated that OTN market revenues grew 10% to $3 billion.
However, Ovum’s figures suggest cautious optimism is the watchword, with annualized spending up a marginal 1% to $14.6 billion, and continued stagnation in Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The firm’s figures show Alcatel-Lucent was the best-performing vendor on a quarterly basis for the first time in two years. The vendor grew its revenue 17% to $645 million and garnered an 18.4% share of the market during the quarter. Rival Ciena made the greatest gains in annualized market share, while Huawei made the biggest losses.
Dell ‘Oro forecasts the OTN market will grow 9% to $13 billion during 2011, having recorded three consecutive quarters of year on year growth.
The firm’s figures show Huawei’s OTN market share fell by seven percentage points year-on-year to 18% during 1Q11, with Alcatel-Lucent gaining two points to reach a 17% share.