CWDM Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2003 to 2008

Report # SH29821308 | 255+ Pages | 70+ Tables and Figures | 2003

CWDM Market Assessment

Transparent Metro DWMD Equipment
CWDM Market Shares
CWDM MarketForecasts
CWDM Market Conditions
Optical to Electrical Conversion
DWDM System Components
Carrier Grade DWDM
Typical Deployment of CWDM/DWDM Systems
CWDM Market Description
Market Challenges
Broadband Optical Servers
Rapid Increase in Bandwidth Demand
Reduced Provisioning Time
Enabling Ethernet Network Computing Protocols


CWDM Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2003 to 2008

Coarse CWDM systems are positioned as offering less expensive transport than dense DWDM technology and sufficient capacity for many edge network and enterprise network applications. CWDM systems deliver enough bandwidth for multiple metro applications DWDM systems deliver more bandwidth than CDWM but are more expensive than CWDM. DWDM systems cost $32,000 per port per node. CWDM systems cost 30 to 40 percent lower than DWDM at $12,000 per port per node.

Metro applications do not require the capacity that DWDM systems do. They require more space and power than CWDM. CWDM systems are available with relatively small numbers of channels and low cost. Space and price are key differentiators. 80-watt power is lower than a light bulb.

CWDM growth opportunities relate to implementing storage solutions, backup solutions, and CWDM metro transport. CWDM transport solutions platforms are expanding functionality to include access capability. In this manner access and transport markets are merging for the metro markets.

With the growth of the Internet, demand for high bandwidth continues to increase. The ability to increase transport capacity is needed universally. High bandwidth is needed to improve productivity and increase supply chain efficiency. Metro markets are shifting as the prices for laser components come down. Optical micro components promise to include more integrated functionality, at less cost per component, increasing the efficiency of DWDM systems.

CWDM brings innovative technologies to the broadband market. Platforms are evolving that extend transmission systems into access, supporting the engagement of multiple value added services on CWDM platforms. There is a convergence of transmission and digital loop carrier platform technology.

In metropolitan areas, in New York City, D.C. and any of the other major trading areas, real estate is the biggest expense. Small physical size, low heat consumption are big issues in metro deployments. CWDM markets at $51 million in 2002 are expected to reach $271.6 million by 2008.


Companies Profiled
Nortel Networks
Lucent Technologies
ADVA Optical
Agilent Technologies
Avici Systems
ECI Telecom
Fujitsu Optical Transport Solutions
Hewlett Packard
JDS Uniphase
Manticom Neworks
Optical Micro-Machines
Sycamore Networks

Report Methodology

This is the two-hundred first report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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