Industry analyst firm, CIR has issued a new report on the 5G fibre optics infrastructure market. In the report the firm projects a robust market for optical networking and cabling in the coming years as carriers deploy the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the growing 5G wireless business.
CIR says it expects to see global expenditures on 5G fronthaul and backhaul equipment peak at $4.1 billion dollars in 2021. With optical cabling expenditures predicted to exceed $5 billion annually with some years having spending amounts substantially higher during the 5G infrastructure build out.
The report available for sale on the company’s website is titled, ‘Optical Networking Opportunities in the 5G Infrastructure Market: 2019 To 2028’, and is said to analyse and quantify the opportunities in the optical networking market for 5G fronthaul and backhaul equipment as well as optical cable.
The company says that in both the forecasts and the analysis, the market is broken down by protocols – WDM, PON, Carrier Ethernet, and SDM – and by data rate and type of technology used.
In addition, CIR says its report includes the prospects for alternatives to fibre optics in 5G infrastructure – such as millimetre and microwave radio and free-space optic. The company’s 10-year forecasting model is said to consider the rapid build out of 5G infrastructure that is expected in the next few years and the inevitable decline as the 5G infrastructure deployments become sufficient to support a large number of 5G users.
Forecasts of all the technologies in the report are expressed in both volume and value terms. Companies addressed in the report include Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE, Ciena, Infinera, Corning, Prysmian Group, CommScope Sterlite Technologies, Nexans, OFS/Furukawa, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, Yangtze Optical Fiber (YOFC), and Fujikura. Among the topics discussed in the report is the impact on the 5G infrastructure market of the growing exclusion of Chinese firms (Huawei and ZTE) from building the 5G infrastructure in the US and Europe.
An excerpt from the report including a downloadable version is available and a webinar hosted by CIR to present the report finding will also be held on February 26 at 11:00 AM.