Infonetics Research, a market research firm, released its latest OTN and Packet Optical Hardware report, which tracks optical transport network (OTN) switching and transport equipment and packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) trends. Their results found that many service providers are upgrading their optical switching infrastructure which is propelling growth in the OTN market. Infonetics forecasts the OTN equipment market will top $13 mllion in 2017.
“OTN spending, and particularly OTN switching, is benefiting from a rise in investment in coherent core networks,” explains Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research. “Many service providers rolling out100G are using the opportunity to upgrade their optical switching infrastructure. In the metro, investment is rapidly rotating away from legacy SONET/SDH to packet-optical transport systems that combine optical and Ethernet circuit switching in the same chassis.”
The OTN transport and switching equipment market grew 8 percent in 2012, to $7.3 billion. Most of that growth comes from OTN switching sales, up 46 percent in 2012. Infinera was number one in OTN switching in North America in 2012, even with only considering revenue from the second half of the year.
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