Passive Optical Network Equipment Market: Future Demand and Growth Analysis

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research Passive Optical Network (PON) Equipment Market – India Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020, India passive optical network equipment market was valued at USD 268.6 million in 2013, growing at a CAGR of 21.0% from 2014 to 2020 to account for USD 1,175.5 million in 2020. By volume, India passive optical network equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.7% during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020 to reach a market size of 38.3 million units by 2020. In 2013, volume of the market was 7.1 million units.

Rising demand for secure and reliable network coupled with high bandwidth connectivity is the major factor driving the passive optical network (PON) equipment market in India. PON is a system that utilizes point-to-multipoint network or fiber to the premises (FTTP), wherein optical splitters accumulate and break up optical signals, as they travel in the network. PON comprises of an optical line terminal at the office of the service provider and numerous optical network units near end users. Moreover, PON equipment provide low total cost of ownership, high return on investment, reliability, advanced security and simplified network operations. High investment in research infrastructure and technological advancements serve as excellent opportunities and are expected to positively drive the growth of the PON market in future.

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The India PON equipment market, by structure, is divided into two segments: Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) equipment and Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) equipment. Both by revenue and volume, EPON was the largest contributor in Indian PON market in 2013, accounting for a market share of 51.3% and 63.6% respectively.The gigabit passive optical network (GPON) equipment market, by components, is classified into two segments:-Optical Network Terminal (ONT) and Optical Line Terminal (OLT). Both by revenue and volume, ONT contributed the largest market share in 2013, accounting for 80.4% and 73.1% respectively.

Some of the leading players in the market are Alphion India Pvt. Ltd., Adtran Inc., Broadcom Corporation Inc., Calix Inc., Ericsson Inc., Freescale Semiconductors Inc., Hitachi Communication Technologies Inc., Huawei Technologies Comp. Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Motorola Solutions Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. among others. The report provides company market share analysis of the various industry participants. Key players have also been profiled on the basis of company overview, financial overview, business strategies and recent developments in the field of passive optical network equipment.

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PONs provides easy installation and maintenance vis-à-vis traditional networks, which makes its operations much more simplified. PON minimizes the network’s downtime during upgrade and expansion by using the existing fiber optic cable and only replacing the electronics, rather than changing the entire infrastructure. Furthermore, optical fibers used in PON are made up of dielectric material and thus electromagnetic radiations are not produced. Therefore, information or data remains secure during operation of PON. Components required by PON are wide area network (WAN) router, Ethernet aggregation switch (EAS), core router/switch, work group terminals (WGT), and fiber and passive optical splitters. PONs does not encounter multi-wired chaotic closets due to their inbuilt capabilities, which makes its operations hassle-free. Considering all these factors, the impact of this factor is analyzed to be medium currently and is expected to become high during the forecast period.

The major driving factors of the passive optical network equipment market in India are the high return on investments and low cost of ownership. In addition, unmatched security, higher bandwidth and greater reliability are set to bolster the growth of PON market in India. Moreover, simplified network operations, eco-friendly solutions and scalability are acting as the driving force for this market. It is also to be duly noted that high initial investments coupled with high component cost at operator’s interface and huge research and development costs is set to discourage start-ups and other mid-sized firms in entering into the India passive network equipment market, thus behaving as a restraint. The opportunities in this market are the need for higher bandwidth and rising demand for passive optical network in India.

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Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) equipment is expected to generate larger revenue as compared to its counterpart – Ethernet passive network (EPON). Higher bandwidth allocation and low power consumption are significant features offered by GPON that has made it superior in terms of technology, compared to EPON. In addition, less number of active switching devices used in the network and advanced security is additional advantages provided by the GPON equipment. Thus, GPON is expected to witness significant growth rate over the forecast period from 2014 to 2020.

GPON optical network terminals (ONTs) accounted for majority market share in the year 2013 owing to the growth in gigabit passive optical network. As ONTs are components located at the subscribers end, the number of subscriber is similar to the number of ONT’s. GPON’s efficient and advanced networking technology has driven the demands for its components: ONT and OLT.

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