Today announced the release of a report presenting their market analysis and forecast of Free Space Optics (FSO) communication outdoor links used in non-military/aerospace applications.
The global consumption of fixed-location (stationary) Transmitter/Receiver (T/R) links used in non-military/aerospace Free Space Optic system equipment was $37.23 million in 2014, up 11 percent from $33.49 million in 2013. Free Space Optic (FSO) Transmitters and Receivers (pairs) used in link equipment with a range capability of less than 500 meters or less led in relative market share in 2014 with a global consumption value of $25.24 million.
According to the Free Space Optics Global Market Forecast & Analysis, FSO is a line-of-sight (LOS) technology that uses directed laser beams, which provide optical bandwidth Transmitters and Receivers to link voice, video, and data intelligent transfer. A single FSO link product (from point A to point B) often may incorporate multiple transmitter emitters along with receiver/s to ensure adequate performance, in case of interference.
FSO systems are deployed near the 1550 nm wavelength window as well as the near-visible infrared spectral region around 780 nm to 850 nm. Selected FSO system providers claim that their solutions can provide “carrier-class” availability even in adverse weather conditions, such as extreme temperatures, rain, fog, snow, etc. Solutions are possibly addressed through redundant light beams, as well as alternative technologies, such as the Radio Frequency (RF) hybrid approach.
Besides the link length distance between the transmitter(s) and receiver(s), this ElectroniCast study report quantifies the usage of the FSO links by data-rate throughput. Commercially available Free Space Optic systems offer capacities in the range up to 10 Gbps, and demonstration systems report data rates as high as 160 Gbps. The optical transmitter can modulate the optical signal to carry data. The optical receiver then collects all of the energy of the optical signal and converts the optical signal into an electrical signal.
“In 2015, we are seeing hybrid link equipment (FSO/Radio-RF) as a winning solution, especially in longer-distance links, to provide the assurance of redundancy, to cover for FSO’s weaknesses (bad weather and other obstacles), as well as multiple emitters/ lasers per transmitter FSO unit to provide redundancy in signal links,” said Stephen Montgomery, Director of the ElectroniCast market study.
“Another trend in 2015, are residential FTTH solutions, where relatively short-link FSO is installed as an alternative to installing optical fiber in the neighborhoods. Of course, short-distance links is not new; however, marketing to carriers as an alternative to optical fiber termination at the home is an interesting proposition,” Montgomery added.
The increase in the consumption of FSO links in the America region will be attributed to not only continued upgrades and network facilitation in the United States and Canada, but partly from the accelerating economic growth of major cities in Latin America. Other market dynamics in the American region are increases in communication links needed for growing infrastructures, such as mass transit, security systems, broadcast and telecommunications.
European inner-city urban areas typically are difficult for wire-lines, including optical fiber cable installations; therefore, this fact promotes FSO or other wireless solutions. The Asia Pacific (APAC) region has advanced communication technology deployed especially in Japan; however, other countries, such as Australia, China and India, are not as advanced in campus-wide and metropolitan optical communication deployment.
The Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region is the current market leader, however, the APAC region has rapidly expanding market opportunities and therefore, the ElectroniCast forecast shows the APAC region with the fastest growth (2014-2020), with the region eventually taking over the leadership position. Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.
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