The fiber optic cable market was valued at USD 7.34 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 14.69 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 12.26% over the forecast period 2020 - 2025. With the increasing demand for IoT and more connected devices, data transmission has become vital for the users. Hence, the fiber optic cable market is witnessing a considerable opportunity for growth during the forecast period.
- Over recent years, it has been observed that fiber optic cables are steadily replacing copper wires as an appropriate means of communication signal transmission. They span across the long distances between local phone systems and provide the backbone for many network systems. Other system users include cable television services, university campuses, office buildings, industrial plants, and electric utility companies.
- The primary benefit of fiber optic cable is the increased security option that cannot be tapped with the traditional copper cable. This is another major factor driving the fiber optic cables market.
- Further, technological advancements in the telecom sector have increased the deployment of broadband network architectures. Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and Fiber to the Building (FTTB) are the few prominent broadband networking architectures that necessitate the large-scale deployment of fiber optic networks. This factor is driving the demand for fiber optic cables.
- The range of applications for various industries includes data storage for commercial and domestic uses, medical imaging, laser surgery in the healthcare industry, industrial imaging for difficult areas, sensory and measurement purposes, broadcast networking for internet, and other applications.
- However, high costs and complex installation act as the major restraining factors for the fiber optic cables market.
Key Market Trends
IT and Telecom Sector Offers Potential Growth
- Fiber optics is a major building block in the telecommunication infrastructure. With the explosion of information traffic owing to the internet, electronic commerce, computer networks, multimedia, voice, data, and video, the need for a transmission medium with the bandwidth capabilities for handling such vast amounts of information is paramount. Fiber optics, with its comparatively infinite bandwidth, has proven to be the solution.
- Additionally, 5G, IoT, and Big Data rely heavily on real-time data collection and transfer. As fiber optics has unlimited bandwidth potential, fiberoptics cable is chosen to support these bandwidth levels.
- Further, to achieve the expected performance levels for 5G networks, more small cells (or nodes) and mobile edge computing will be needed to eliminate network bottlenecks. These small-cell deployments often utilize the millimeter wave spectrum by relying heavily on fiber cabled connections for the backhaul portion of the network.
- The launch of 5G will bring enhanced capacity and lower latency straight to networks. Fiber optics cable is the preferred option for 5G because of its scalability, security, and ability to handle the vast amount of backhaul traffic being generated. This, in return, is expected to create a huge market opportunity for the fiber optic cable market in IT and Telecom.
Asia-Pacific to Witness a Significant CAGR
- The Asia-Pacific region is dominated by two major economies of the world, i.e. India and China. These regions are spearheading revenue growth, owing to the technological advancements and large-scale adoption of the technology in IT and Telecommunication as well as administrative sector.
- Additionally, the increasing application of fiber optics in the medical sector is catapulting growth across the countries, such as China, Japan, and India. This is propelling the overall demand at a significant rate.
- Additionally, the consistent rise in the use of smartphones and internet facilities in the region contributes to the adoption of optical fiber cables for telecommunication applications. 5G connections (excluding IoT) are anticipated to reach USD 670 million in Asia-Pacific by 2025, accounting for approximately about 60% of the global 5G connections, according to GSMA.
- Moreover, the governments of developed nations, like China and Japan, are heavily investing in security infrastructure at country levels. In return, all the above factors are expected to pave the way for new opportunities in the fiber optic cable market.
The fiber optic cable market is moderately fragmented. The capital requirements for setting up new firms can be prohibitively high in a few of the regions. Moreover, market incumbents have a considerable advantage over new entrants, particularly in gaining access to the channels of distribution and R&D activities. Product launches, high expense on research and development, partnerships and acquisitions, etc. are the prime growth strategies adopted by these companies to sustain the intense competition. Some of the major players in the fiber optic cables market include Corning Inc., Finisar Corporation, and Prysmian Group, among others.
- November 2019- Leoni and the Hengtong Group, a global supplier of cable and system solutions for the telecommunications and energy sectors, started the production of Singlemode fibers in Jena with representatives from politics and industry in the context of its joint venture j-fiber Hengtong GmbH.
- May 2019 - LS Cable & System started production in its plant in Poland, to expand its presence in the European market.The new plant will produce parts for electric vehicle batteries and optical cables for communication. It has become the first Korean cable maker to have a production base in Europe, after completing the construction of its plant in Dzierzoniow, in the southwestern region of Poland.
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