According to Precedence Research, the global fiber optics market size was estimated at USD 7.4 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit around USD 11.1 billion by 2030, expanding growth at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2022 to 2030.
Increasing demand for communication having high bandwidth is flourish the market growth. These systems are used to transmit voice, data, and images to a distance ranging from few meters to several kilometers very easily. They have proved to be a boon for several applications especially for telecommunication sector. The evolution of fiber-integrated infrastructure has magnificently boosted the demand for fiber optic cables. Furthermore, increased deployment of broadband network architectures such as Fiber to the Home (FTTH), Fiber to the Premise (FTTP), Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC), and Fiber to the Building (FTTB) have prominently escalated the demand for fiber optic network, and thus drives the demand for fiber optic cables.
In addition, increasing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices also guide the positive growth of fiber optics. Rising demand for smartphones, connected wearables, and tablets are some of the major driving factors for high market growth of fiber optics in the upcoming years.
In addition, increasing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices also guide the positive growth of fiber optics. Rising demand for smartphones, connected wearables, and tablets are some of the major driving factors for high market growth of fiber optics in the upcoming years. However, rising trend for wireless communication may restrict the market growth. The wireless communication uses microwave radio spectrum for transmitting data from one point to another. Fiber Space Optics (FSO) and Radio Frequency (RF) are the most preferred techniques for the wireless communication. Some of the benefits offered by wireless communication over fiber optics are non-interference of FSO and RF waves along with less capital required for installation. Nevertheless, significant investment by prominent market players to upgrade and develop the technology application arena anticipated to present promising growth for the market in years to come.
Report Scope of the Fiber Optics Market
|Market Size||USD 11.1 Billion by 2030|
|Growth Rate||CAGR of 4.6% from 2021 to 2030|
|Largest Market||Asia Pacific|
|Fastest Growing Market||North America|
|Forecast Period||2022 to 2030|
|Segments Covered||Product Type, Application Type, Region Type|
|Companies Mentioned||Optical Cable Corporation (OCC), Corning Incorporated, OFS Fitel, LLC, Sterlite Technologies Limited, AFL, Prysmian Group, Finolex Cables Limited, Birla Furukawa Fiber Optics Limited|
COVID-19 Impact Analysis:
COVID-19 outbreak in the early 2020 has disrupted several industries that also includes electronic sector. Country lockdown along with new stringent government norms for controlling the spread of virus in the environment has hindered the market demand for various consumer electronics and related products. Despite above scenarios, the market demand for fiber optics observes significant boom during the pandemic period. Prime factors attributed to the prominent growth of the market includes rapid change in work culture across several companies, change in life style, and many others.
Talking about the U.S., only 7% professionals were working from home as well as employer’s were responsible for maintaining smooth connectivity of internet among employees. However, pandemic outbreak has changed all these trends, now smooth internet connection at home has become significantly important for working in work-from-home environment. In addition, surge in online education during the pandemic is the other important factor that boosts the growth of fiber optics in order to access smooth internet connection.
Cable Type Insights
In 2021, single mode fiber optics led the global fiber optics market with more than 50% of revenue share. Some of the prime factors supporting the growth of single mode segment includes high application for long distance communication along with increased application in data centers. As per a study conducted by in 2020, several companies and data centers are switching to sing mode fiber optic cables because of its high quality transmission. For instance, in 2020, Facebook has taken efforts to shorten their data cable links to 500m or less by deploying single mode fiber optics at lower cost. Similarly, Microsoft Azure, a leading service provider in cloud-based services has also opted single mode fiber optic cabling system for their data centers and presently more than 99% of their data centers is using single mode fiber optics. Besides all this, single mode fiber optics also find its prominent application in marine and sophisticated communication networks. The aforementioned factors are likely to propel the market demand for single mode fiber optics at a rapid rate during the forecast period.
Material Type Insights
Glass captured the highest revenue share in the global fiber optics market with more than 60% of the global revenue in 2021 owing to high penetration of the material in fiber optics market. However, plastic optical fiber registers the fastest growth opportunity over the upcoming period because of its dynamic applications coupled with cost saving feature. The core of the plastic optical fiber is made from polymer material that is less is cost compared to glass.
Product Type Insights
In 2021, the global fiber optics market was dominated by the multimode segment with nearly half of the market revenue share and expected to retain the leading position over the forecast period. Single mode and multimode segments exhibit moderate growth over the analysis period. Single mode fiber optics is used for long distance applications ranging from 2 to 10,000 meters. It also offers low power loss as compared to its counterpart’s i.e. multimode and plastic optical fiber.
Plastic optical fiber encountered the highest growth opportunity over the analysis period owing to its dynamic applications and cost saving feature. The plastic optical fiber have core made from polymer while single and multimode fibers have code made from glass, this attributes for the overall cost reduction of the product type.
Telecommunication sector accounted for the largest revenue share in the global fiber optics market and projected to retain its position over the forecast period. In addition, the segment offers promising growth aspects in the years to come owing to increasing adoption of fiber optics in data transmission services and communication. The technology enables high speed transfer of information in both long and short range communications. Furthermore, increasing demand for Video-on-Demand service, cloud-based applications, and audio-video services stimulates the market growth of fiber optics in telecom sector.
Besides this, military & aerospace and medical sectors poised to grow at the rapid pace attributed to the increasing application of optic technology devices. Furthermore, increasing terrorist activities is appealing defense services and government authorities of various countries to take firm steps to curb down these occurrences. For the same, defense sector has adopted advanced technologies such as wearable devices, body cams, and other responders that keep the military person connected irrespective of their location. Need of high speed internet for supporting the growth of Internet of Everything (IoE) to maintain high-level security in the nation is the other major factor that drives the demand for fiber optics.
Asia Pacific spearheaded the global fiber optics market in terms of revenue in the year 2021 owing to increasing adoption of fiber optics in IT and telecom sector. In addition, the region exhibits lucrative growth opportunity by maintaining its dominant market position in the coming years. The region offers high growth prospects for the new technologies, thereby drives the fiber optics demand. Increasing infrastructural development and industrialization have offered enormous growth opportunities for the deployment of fiber optic cables across several applications in the region. Recently, World Bank has estimated that the Asia Pacific require toinvest USD 1.7 trillion per year from 2016 to 2030 in infrastructure development to maintain its economic growth. In the wake of same, private money has poured significantly in past few years. For instance, in July 2018, United States announced to invest USD 113 million on the infrastructure projects in Asia Pacific.
Key Companies & Market Share Insights
The global industry for fiber optics is highly competitive owing to the presence of large number of market players along with increased focus of market players on development and innovation. Significant number of innovations in fiber optics market for reducing the deployment cost of the product plays an important role in guiding the market growth at a rapid pace.
The global fiber optics market seeks significant investment in product development and research & development. Furthermore, market players are prominently expanding their manufacturing facilities worldwide. For instance, in January 2018, Corning Inc. announced its new manufacturing facility in Newton, North Carolina, USA. The new manufacturing center helps the company to meet the rising demand for fiber optic cables in the region.
Some of the recent activities by market players are as follows:
Some of the prominent players in the fiber optics market include:
Segments Covered in the Report
This report analyses and projects market revenue and growth trend at global, regional, and country levels and offers an analysis of the modern industry developments in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. This report classifies global fiber optics market on the basis of product type, application, and region:
By Product Type
By Material Type
By Regional Outlook
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