This is the ElectroniCast analysis and forecast of global market consumption
of planar lightwave circuit (PLC) splitters used in optical communication
applications. For the purposes of this study, ElectroniCast specifically
addresses the PLC splitter, using waveguide circuits and aligned fiber optic
pigtails, integrated inside a package.
This report also quantifies the PLC splitter chip used in PLC splitter
devices, as well as integrated with other PLC chips/functions to fabricate
other devices or modules.
The 2012-2017 quantitative market forecast data presented in this study report
are segmented into the following geographic regions, plus a Global summary:
America (North America, Central and South America)
EMEA (Europe, Middle Eastern countries, plus Africa)
APAC (Asia Pacific)
The forecast for each product-level is presented by function:
Consumption Value ($, Million)
Number of Units (Quantity in 1,000)
Average Selling Prices ($, each)
PLC Splitter Applications analysis covered in this report:
Private Enterprise/Data Centers/Local Area Networks (LANs)
Harsh Environment (Military, Industrial, Other)
PLC splitters will continue to contribute an important role in Fiber to the
Home (FTTH) networks by allowing a single passive optical network (PON)
interface to be shared among many subscribers. PLC splitters are available in
compact sizes; therefore, they can be used in aerial apparatus, pedestals or
in-ground as well as rack mount or other module-based value-added product.
Installation is simple using a variety of connector types or fusion splicing.
This report provides a detailed market and technology analysis of PLC
splitters, which are largely driven by Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and are
trending towards commodity manufacturing processes. The ElectroniCast market
forecast is segmented by the following product categories and split
Hierarchy of Selected PLC Splitters, by Fabrication-Level
Component Device (compact)
Hierarchy of Selected PLC Splitters, by Splitter Configuration
Other (miscellaneous MxN)
The information is presented in easy-to-follow illustrations and text. The
reasons for the forecasted trends are discussed. The report also outlines the
market research methodology followed and the key assumptions made. Terms,
acronyms, and abbreviations used are defined. A list of fiber PLC splitter
manufacturers and related companies is provided, along with description of the
types of PLC splitters and related technologies that they address. The
technology trends of other pertinent fiber optic components and devices in the
fiber optic marketplace are presented.
Next generation networks will combine voice, audio, data at high and low
speeds, video, television (including interactive 3-dimensional high resolution
television), and other specialized transmission into a single integrated
infrastructure. Included within the infrastructure will be business Enterprise
resource planning (ERP) software, unified messaging, web-assisted call
centers, and a variety of small-business infrastructures. Residential use will
include video on demand, e-commerce, small office/home office telecommuting,
advertising, medical monitoring, elder care monitoring, childcare monitoring,
home and office security. Most existing communications will be built upon an
Internet backbone during the period of this study. Reasons for this transition
are rooted in demand. The customers are demanding greater speed, more
functionality and reliability, and naturally, they expect
“perfect” quality of service.
Planar waveguide circuits (PWCs) also referred to as planar lightwave circuits
(PLCs), incorporate numerous active and passive functional uses for packaged
modules. The long-term trend is for a larger share of discrete-circuit
(single-function) based PWCs/PLCs being displaced by equivalent performance
hybrid (multiple-function) planar devices.
The majority of optical functions, such as splitters, variable optical
attenuators (VOAs) and array waveguides (AWGs) are currently developed and
implemented forming discrete (single function/monolithic) component
integration. The combination of the packaging and integrated optics aspects of
PWC technology provides for an attractive and powerful technology for
devices/modules, which will hold multiple (two or more) functions (integrated
multifunction devices); thereby, reducing size, weight, and cost versus
larger, bulkier discrete devices/modules.
As the demand for larger quantities of optical communication components
evolve, technologies, which are friendly to automation assembly processes,
will have a competitive manufacturing/cost advantage. Use of silicon wafers,
for example, draws extensively on the mass-production techniques of the
commercial integrated circuit (IC) production whelm, since the fabrication of
PWCs incorporates many of the same pieces of equipment and processes.
Fiber-to-the-Home passive optical networks (FTTH/PONs) integrated PLCs, with
multiple functions, have promise for a sizable market. The biplexer, an
all-in-one transponder that includes the two wavelengths, 1310nm upstream and
1490nm downstream, is one end-use modules based on planar waveguide technology
that is required for PON. And some networks will use a 1550nm wavelength for a
cable TV overlay, creating the need for triplexers.
The planar waveguide technology approach in PONs can win market share against
the traditional fiber optic discrete devices because the parts are smaller and
less expensive. Planar waveguide technology aims to do for photonics what
integrated circuits (ICs) did for electronics: take the market away from the
bulky groups of circuitry and replace-it with products that are easy to
replicate in mass quantities. The fact that PLCs can be inexpensive is
particularly important given that cost has been a roadblock to past PON
ElectroniCast Consultants specializes in forecasting trends in communication
networks and in the products used in those networks. This includes technology
forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning and
ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm,
serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies,
communication and data network companies and the financial community.
Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit
provided. ElectroniCast's goal is to understand the challenges and
opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for
Stephen Montgomery, MBA/Technology Management, President - International
Business Expansion at ElectroniCast Consultants.
Mr. Montgomery has specialized in photonics and fiber optic components market
& technology forecasting at ElectroniCast for over 20-years. In addition to
serving as President for International Business Expansion at ElectroniCast
Consultants, Mr. Montgomery is the Director of the Fiber Optics Components
group. He has given numerous presentations and published a number of articles
on optical communication markets, technology, applications and installations.
He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of LIGHTWAVE magazine (PennWell
Publishing) and writes a monthly article covering the optical communication
industry for OPTCOM Magazine in Japan (Kogyo Tsushin Co., Ltd.).
Publication Date:February 4, 2013
Total Number of Pages:372 pages (main report)
Also Includes:Excel worksheets and PowerPoint Slides
8.2. PLC Splitter Split Ratio Configuration ElectroniCast Database
ElectroniCast Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) Splitters: Global Market Forecast & Analysis (2012-2017) published by ElectroniCast in February 4, 2013. This report consists of 455 Pages and the price starts from US $ 4950.
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