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Fiber Optics Industry Changes in 2021

The global fiber optics industry is evolving in 2021. In this industry report, we aim to explore these changes. 

But we’ll also try to answer key questions about the optical fiber market:

  • What is disrupting the industry?
  • What new fiber optic technologies are emerging?
  • Why are some companies investing in 5G fiber optics?

So if you want to learn more about the future of fiber optics technology and the changes these innovations are driving, then this report is for you.

Let’s begin.

A Fiber Optics Market Overview

In 2020, the global fiber optic cable industry was valued at $9.2 billion. The same cable industry analysis revealed that this figure is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2026

During this period (2021-2026), the fiber and telecom cable industry will register a CAGR of 14.5% according to forecasts.

The main driving force behind this growth is the increasing demand in the telecommunication and FTTx (fiber to the x) industries, as well as the recent disruption to business caused by COVID-19 and recent advancements in new fiber technology.

New Optical Technology

Two key technologies used in fiber optics are responsible for this global market growth:

#1 Optical fibers are getting smaller

To accommodate the deployment challenges of new tech innovations such as FTTx and 5G, fiber optics manufacturers had to redesign the optical fibers within the network cables.

This meant the companies had to raise the high fiber count while maintaining the same diameter, or in some cases even lowering it to meet the demands of end-users.

In April 2020, Prysmian became the first company to achieve this and released a cable portfolio to its consumers with the smallest optical fibers yet. Their optical fiber components have a diameter of just 180 µm (micrometers).

#2 Increasing popularity of submarine infrastructures

Submarine communications cables are fiber optic cable networks that are laid on the sea bed between two land-based stations. 

The purpose of these underwater infrastructures is to carry telecommunication signals across large bodies of water.

To provide new users with reliable bandwidth-intensive services and attract new markets, a number of cloud content providers are increasing the global submarine cable infrastructure.

In fact, the number of new submarine cables is expected to grow by as much as 50% in 2021 according to TeleGeography’s submarine cable map.

As a result, there is around $8 billion worth of investments lined up to lay new submarine cables in 2021.

The Impact of COVID-19

Since the outbreak began in 2020, the coronavirus has had a profound effect on the 5G fiber optic cable market.

On the one hand, the change to a remote workplace increased the demand for high-capacity bandwidth.

On the other hand, the disruption caused by COVID-19 meant that manufacturers had to halt production, which significantly slowed down the supply chain of fiber optic components.

As a result, the global production of fiber optic cables fell by 25% during the pandemic (2020). 

However, with China now allowing people to get back to work, the production figures this year are expected to surpass those before the outbreak.

Key Market Trends in the Fiber Optics Industry

As optical fiber cables (OFC) become the building blocks in modern business, several key trends in the industry will emerge:

First, the industry growth will coincide with the growth of the information technology and telecommunications industry. 

As more IT and telecom companies emerge their bandwidth demands will increase and fiber optics will become the preferred medium used to transmit data.

At the same time, advanced technologies such as 5G, Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have to collect and transfer large quantities of data in real-time. This will also require systems that support high bandwidth levels.

When it comes to demand, the biggest share of the fiber optics industry is expected to reside in the Asia-Pacific market.

China currently dominates the global market. In 2019, 91% of its entire broadband network was connected by fiber optics, which makes it the leader in FTTP.

As emerging markets like India, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East open themselves to the global market, and to China’s sphere of influence, the dominance of the A-PAC market will only rise in the fiber optics industry.

If you’d like to find out more about the fiber optics industry, please continue reading our blog.

If, on the other hand, you want to reevaluate your cabling network, we can help you.

Demakis Technologies specializes in network cabling services for business. Our team can install, migrate, test, and maintain your entire fiber optics infrastructure.

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Cabling Industry

Newest Trends in the Cabling Industry

Want to know what are the newest trends in the cabling industry? Demakis Technologies have got you covered.

In this article, we’ll shed light on the current and emerging trends in telecommunications.

So if you want to explore what’s going to be HUGE in the years to come, this article is for you.

Here are the 4 most important trends that will shape the telecom industry in the upcoming years:

#1 The Cabling Industry Is Growing

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In 2019, the value of the global structured cabling market was $11.4 billion. It’s, however, expected to continue growing. 

According to the same global forecast for 2020 to 2025, the market will reach a steady growth rate of 4.3% CAGR. That means it could potentially reach $13.5 billion by 2025.

This market growth is attributed to several reasons. Chief among them is the rise in demand from business and the tech industry for high-speed connectivity devices and systems.

Another reason for the market expansion is the reliance on new technologies on more robust communication infrastructures.

The rising trend of data center convergence to accommodate data mining and analytics and its need for stable wireless telecom systems and fiber optics is fanning this growth, as well.

Finally, like every other industry, it comes down to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. 

As the world moves to the New Normal and the remote workplace, more and more businesses are investing heavily in structured cable systems. 

This has already caused a positive growth in 2020 – one of the telecom industry trends that will certainly persist in 2021.

#2 The Evolution of Data Centers

Because of these current trends for telecommunications and networks, companies are taking a closer look at their infrastructure. 

The demand for high-speed internet connection is causing data centers to evolve each day.

To do this, companies are upgrading their network architecture and investing heavily in structured cabling networks to support the changing needs of data centers.

As a result, this is setting the foundation for businesses to adopt and integrate with new technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT).

#3 Category 6 Cables Hold Largest Market Share

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Category 6 cable types (Cat-6) are the standard twisted-pair cables used for connectivity with network physical layers, such as the Ethernet. 

Cat-6 cables are also compatible with other structured cable networks such as Cat-5, Cat-5e, and Cat-3 standards. 

This makes them highly reliable when supporting speeds of up to 10 Gbps, and, thus, very desirable in the information technology and telecommunication industries.

It’s no surprise that Cat-6 cable types are currently holding the largest share of the structured cabling market. 

As the telecom industry growth rate rises, it’s also not a shock that this trend will continue to persist in the upcoming years.

#4 APAC registers the highest CAGR

Among all the regional markets, Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to dominate the cabling industry in the next five years.

In fact, according to structured cabling news reports, forecasts predict that their CAGR may grow to as much as 6% for the period 2020-2026

This growth comes down to several factors. Chief among them is the continued urbanization in China, but also the rise in emerging economies such as Japan, South Korea, India, and the Middle East.

The rise in APAC economies is fueling the electrification of previously rural areas and, as a result, raising the demand for high-voltage cables and network connectivity.

The global expansion of large APAC structured cable companies is another driving factor, as corporations like Siemens AG, Nexans SA, and Sumitomo Electric Industries expand their reach beyond Asia.

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Over to You

What do you think of these emerging trends in the telecommunication industry?

Are some of them already affecting your business? How?

It may be worth it to upgrade your network cabling infrastructure sooner rather than later.

That’s where we can help you.

Demakis Technologies offers network cabling services that can help you to control costs and raise the performance of your entire internet and telecommunications network.
Please CONTACT US today to get in touch with one of our professionals to find out more about how we can help you make the first step on the journey of better network connectivity.