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Optical Amplifier Market Overview
An optical amplifier is a device used to amplify optical signal directly and generates an output signal with high optical power without conversion into electrical signal. The input and output signals are generally laser beams. It has revolutionized networking and communication systems and is an important part of laser physics. This helps in the conversion of orginal signal into electrical signal and eliminates the requirement of additional power for this process. As a result, data transmission to longer distances has become faster. Rise in infrastructural investments, technological advancements in wireless sensor, increase in demand for transmission of data without data losses for longer distances, rapid development of data centers, and rise in number of smart cities and smart homes across the globe are some of the key factors driving the global optical amplifier market.
The optical amplifier market is classified into earth doped fiber amplifier (EDFA), Raman amplifier, and semiconductor optical amplifier, on the basis of type. The EDFA category held the largest market share in 2019, as this amplifier becomes an important part in long-range optical fiber communication. Due to its large gain bandwidth, it is used in data channels with high-data rate. EDFA is extremely reliable, has a longer lifetime, and also has led to an enormous reduction in complexity. Further, the use of multiple EDFAs in a long optic transmission fiber links has reduced transmission losses and eliminated the transmission of excessive optical powers.
The optical amplifier market is categorized into power amplifier, line amplifier, and pre-amplifier, based on function. Power amplifier held the largest market share in 2019. This is due to the fact that it is widely used in smartphones, televisions, and audio systems, such as headphones, home-theatres, and concert reinforcement systems. It is also used in consumer electronics, such as microwave ovens, and telecommunication systems. It has become an essential component in frequency modulation (FM), cellular broadcasting, and satellite communication units. The growing consumer electronics industry, expanding coverage of the 4G network, and adoption of new communication technologies, such as 5G, are some major factors driving the demand for power amplifiers.
The optical amplifier market is categorized into single-mode and multi-mode, on the basis of mode. Between the two, the single-mode category held larger share in 2019 and is expected to continue dominating the market over the forecast period as well. According to the mobile data traffic outlook 2019 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, global mobile data traffic will increase to 160 exabytes per month by 2025 from 38 exabytes in 2019, and 5G network will carry about 45% of the total traffic. Intensifying bandwidth requirement and demand for long-haul communication is pushing the demand for single-mode optical amplifiers across the globe. It can support higher bandwidth and eliminate signal loss, which make it an ideal choice for long-distance transmissions.
The optical amplifier market is categorized into data center, telecommunication, industrial, military and defense, healthcare, aerospace, and others, based on end user. The telecommunication category is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period, owing to the use of optical fiber and optoelectronic devices, such as optical amplifiers, as a prefered choice for communication medium. The advent of new technologies, such as 5G and autonomous driving, is leading to the increased data traffic, which is driving the demand for optical amplifiers. This category is followed by the data center category, due to the increasing number of data centers that need multiple devices, servers, and systems, which require several optical amplifiers.
Globally, the APAC region is expected to contribute the highest revenue to the optical amplifier market during the forecast period. This can be ascribed to the rising penetration of smartphone and internet, coupled with an increasing broadband user base in the region. This is attributed to the affordable data plans, a shift toward data-concentrated content, and improved device capabilities. The mobile data traffic outlook 2019 also suggests that India will add 500 million additional smartphone users by 2025. China has the highest number of fixed broadband subscribers in the world, with a total of 400.5 million subscribers.
Optical Amplifier Market Dynamics
Fiber optics (or optical networking) is currently dominating the ongoing development of telecommunication networks and has become the guided medium of choice in telecommunications. As a circuit enabling technology for optical communication networks, optical amplifiers are optical active components. Together with the telecommunication networks and technologies allowing channel transmission over the fiber, optical amplifiers have facilitated the transmission of vast amounts of data over distances from 62 miles up to transoceanic distances. It is not only providing the data capacity required currently, but also for future communication networks. Optical amplifiers have an important role in optical telecommunication and data information. They can be used as repeater circuits in long-distance optical fiber components and cables carrying the world’s telecommunication links.
Advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G technologies require high-speed data download and upload. Along with this, there is a growing need for data centers, with high-speed data connectivity and reliability. Optical amplifiers now deliver multi-gigabit speed and offer new opportunities for players operating in the optical amplifier market.
Optical Amplifier Market Competitive Landscape
Due to the presence of various players, the optical amplifier market is highly competitive in nature, with the players rapidly launching new products to increase their presence. For instance, in 2020, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. developed new pump sources for forward Raman amplifiers, which will achieve higher data transfer speed and long-distance transmission in ultrahigh-speed optical fiber communication.
Some of the key players operating in the global optical amplifier market are Broadcom Inc., Finisar Corporation, Source Photonics, Newport Corporation, APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH, Accelink Technology Co. Ltd., Emcore Corporation, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., Lumentum Operations LLC, NEC Corporation, Santec Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., and Viavi Solutions Inc.
The report will also provide a country-wise analysis. Some of the major countries that are covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, the U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia.
Optical Amplifier Market Segmentation
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