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Optical amplifiers poised for growth in 2003

13 February 2002 News

High-tech research firm, Cahners In-Stat Group anticipates that the total market for optical amplifiers used as linear amplifiers on long haul and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) applications will increase from approximately $3,3 billion in 2001 to $4,7 bn in 2006. This market will consist of new installations, spares, and anticipated upgrades to existing systems and the timing of such upgrades.

According to Richard Cunningham, a Senior Analyst with the group, "The importance of optical amplifiers to the efficient use of optical bandwidth in long-haul and, more recently, metro optical networking applications, can scarcely be overstated. Optical amplifiers have had and will continue to have an enormous impact on the traffic-handling capacity of optical networks." While the next 12 to 18 months in the optical networking field will be exciting and fraught with some danger, In-Stat foresees that the need for fibre-based optical amplifiers used for linear amplification of optical signals will remain substantial, both for 'greenfield' deployment and for system upgrades to higher data rates.

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