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Fiber Optic Connector/Mechanical Splice Market

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Fiber Optic Connector/Mechanical Splice Market




According to ElectroniCast, fiber optic connectors used with multimode optical fiber dominate the worldwide market in 2011…


Upper Lake, CA (USA) – October 17, 2011   ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market & technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of their annual market forecast and analysis of the use of fiber optic connectors and mechanical splices in communication applications.  The 2010-2015 forecast is presented for each significant type of fiber optic connector and mechanical splice used in selected communication applications. 


The global fiber optic connector/mechanical splice consumption is driven by a dramatic increase in bandwidth demand beyond the limits of copper. Technological advances in fiber optics are assuring the migration of fiber closer and closer to the end user. This translates into demand for shorter links where connectors represent a substantial share of the total installation cost. The cost concerns are being addressed with the introduction of smaller, lower cost and easier to install connectors. Multi-fiber connectors (>2 fibers) are the choice for high fiber density interconnects applications.


“The telecommunication application segment dominates the worldwide consumption of singlemode connectors, as singlemode connector use is set to climb rapidly as data-rates and link-length increase.  Worldwide multimode connector consumption value is forecast to nearly double (2x) during the 2010-2015 timeframe. Multimode fiber is best suited for use in short lengths, such as those used in Local Area Networks (LANs), Data Centers (DCs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs),” said Stephen Montgomery, president of ElectroniCast. 


Fiber optic connectors used with multimode optical fiber dominate the worldwide consumption in 2011 with 60% of the total value, followed by single mode connectors (34%) and finally mechanical splices (6%).  The use of mechanical splices is also forecast to continue increase in value.  There are two methods of fiber optic splicing: fusion splicing & mechanical splicing. Mechanical splices are simply alignment devices, designed to hold the fiber ends in a precisely aligned position thus enabling light to pass from one fiber into the other.  The dramatic increase in the use of mechanical splice technique-based field-installable connectors, which are suitable for FTTH (drop) installations, are counted as connectors by ElectroniCast.


This report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants.  For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact Theresa Hosking, Director of Marketing/Sales; thosking@electronicastconsultants.com  (Telephone/USA: 707/275-9397)



ElectroniCast Consultants – www.electronicastconsultants.com specializes in forecasting trends in communication networks and in the products used in those networks.  This includes technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning and consulting. ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm, serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies, communication and data network companies and the financial community.  Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit provided.  ElectroniCast Consultants’ goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for strategic planning.

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