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Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) Splitters for Optical Fiber Communications Global Market Forecast & Analysis 2021-2031

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Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) Splitters for Optical Fiber Communications Global Market Forecast & Analysis 2021-2031
Published: February 8, 2022
ElectroniCast
Content info: 348 Pages plus Excel File
Delivery time: 1-2 business days
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables

10-Year Market Forecast

This market forecast report is available immediately. The analysis and forecast of global market consumption of planar lightwave circuit (PLC) splitters used in selected optical fiber 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.

The 2021-2031 quantitative market review and forecast data presented in this 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)

PLC Splitter Applications analysis covered in this report:

  • Service Providers
  • Fiber Optic Test/Measurement
  • Private Enterprise
  • Harsh Environment

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 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 relatively simple using a variety of connector types or splicing.

This report provides a detailed market forecast and analysis of PLC splitters, which are largely driven by FTTx / Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and are trending towards commodity manufacturing processes. The market forecast is segmented by the following product categories and split configurations:

Hierarchy of Selected PLC Splitters, by Fabrication-Level

  • Component Device (compact)
  • Modules

Hierarchy of Selected PLC Splitters, by Splitter Configuration

  • 1xN
    • 1x2
    • 1x4
    • 1x8
    • 1x16
    • 1x32
    • 1x64
  • 2xN
    • 2x4
    • 2x8
    • 2x16
    • 2x32
  • 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. A list of selected optical 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.

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.

INFORMATION BASE

This study is based on analysis of information obtained continually over 20 years, but updated through the beginning of February 2022. During this period, ElectroniCast analysts performed interviews with authoritative and representative individuals in the fiber optics industry plus telecommunications, cable TV, private datacom, military/aerospace & other communication industries, instrumentation/ laboratory - R&D and factory/manufacturing, from the standpoint of both suppliers and users of planar waveguide circuits. The interviews were conducted principally with selected:

  • Engineers, marketing personnel and management at manufacturers of fiber optic couplers/splitters, PON/FTTH components/devices, optical fiber, AWGs/optical waveguide and other components, cable assemblies, test/measurement equipment, Fiber optic connectors, mechanical splices splice and installation apparatus
  • Design group leaders, engineers, marketing personnel and market planners at major users and potential users of optical communication devices, including passive optical devices and active/transceivers, such as telecommunication transmission, switching and distribution equipment producers, data communications equipment producers, harsh environment, military systems, aircraft and spacecraft electronic equipment producers, optical instrumentation system producers and others
  • Other industry experts, including those focused on standards activities, trade associations, and investments.

The interviews covered issues of technology, R&D support, pricing, contract size, reliability, documentation, installation/maintenance crafts, standards, supplier competition and other topics.

Selected customers also were interviewed, to obtain their estimates of quantities received and average prices paid, as a crosscheck of selected vendor estimates. Customer estimates of historical and expected near term future growth of their application are obtained. Their views of use of new technology products were obtained.

The analyst then considered customer expectations of near-term growth in their application, plus forecasted economic payback of investment, technology trends and changes in government regulations in each geographical region, to derive estimated growth rates of quantity and price of each product subset in each application. These forecasted growth rates are combined with the estimated baseline data to obtain the long-range forecasts at the lowest detailed level of each product and application.

A full review of published information was also performed to supplement information obtained through interviews. The following sources were reviewed:

  • Professional technical journals and papers
  • Trade press articles
  • Technical conference proceedings
  • Product literature
  • Company profile and financial information
  • Additional information based on previous ElectroniCast market studies
  • Personal knowledge of the research team.

In analyzing and forecasting the complexities of the worldwide markets for planar waveguide circuits and related devices, it is essential that the market research team have a good and a deep understanding of the technology and of the industry. ElectroniCast members who participated in this report were qualified.

Note: Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.

Bottom-up Methodology

ElectroniCast forecasts are developed initially at the lowest detail level and then summed to successively higher levels. The background market research focuses on the amount of each type of product used in each application in the base year (last year), and the prices paid at the first transaction from the manufacturer. This forms the base year data. ElectroniCast analysts then forecast the growth rates in component quantity use in device type, along with price trends, based on competitive, economic and technology forecast trends, and apply these to derive long term forecasts at the lowest application (use) levels. The usage growth rate forecasts depend heavily on analysis of overall end user trends toward digital broadband communication equipment usage and economic payback.

Cross-Correlation Increases Accuracy

The quantities of fiber optic attenuators, DWDM, optical fiber/cable, connectors, transceivers, transport terminals, optical add/drop MUX, couplers/splitters, isolators, photonic switches and other products used in a particular application are interrelated. Since ElectroniCast conducts annual analysis and forecast updates in each fiber optic related product field, accurate current quantity estimates in each application are part of this corporate database. These quantities are cross-correlated as a "sanity check."

ElectroniCast, each year since 1985, has conducted extensive research and updated their forecasts of each fiber optic component category. As technology and applications have advanced, the number of component subsets covered by the forecasts has expanded impressively.

Coronavirus Adjustment

February 8, 2022 - The coronavirus pandemic remains a major concern throughout the world. In most countries, many "non-essential" businesses are limited, employment is affected by "on and off again" quarantine or limited quarantine of the public. However, over the last year most governments have eased the quarantine status. Depending on political, economic, health and several other consideration factors, some restrictions could be extended several more months. Because of the impact on production, sales, shipment and implementation (and other) caused by the negative effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the waves of multiple variants of the virus, ElectroniCast is forecasting a challenge to deployment of PLC splitter consumption in 2022.

ElectroniCast methodology in determining the downturn of the consumption (use) of PLC splitters, begins with the volume (quantity) forecast, before any considerations of the coronavirus impact. Then, we evaluated current manufacturing (not only PLC splitters, but all relative fiber optic components, products and services), inventory, distribution channels, shipping, logistics, sales/marketing channels, user restrictions, with the emphasis on actual possibility of installations for both essential and non-essential or selective implementation of the subjected applications or other. Other considerations include: financial/economy in general, employment (staffing) of all levels, such as technology research, design, implementation, production, marketing/sales, management, OEM capability and product/service demand, distributors, sales agents, customers (at all levels), and many other concerns were considered.

All of the volume (unit quantity) evaluations were followed by evaluation of average selling price assessment, based on all of the (same) volume methodology assessments.

Table of Contents

1. PLC Splitter Market Forecast Overview

  • 1.1. Executive Summary
  • 1.2. Fiber Optic Networks
  • 1.3. Barriers to Growth in the US Military/Government Sector
  • 1.4. COVID-19 Pandemic Brief

2. PLC Splitter Market Forecast, by Fabrication-Level and Port-Count Configuration

  • 2.1. Overview
  • 2.2. PLC Splitter - Component Device (compact devices)
  • 2.3. PLC Splitter Modules

3. PLC Splitter Market Forecast, by Fabrication-Level, Split Ratio and Application

  • 3.1. Overview
  • 3.2. Passive Optical Network (PON) - FTTX Networks / Service Providers (Telco/CATV)
  • 3.3. Fiber Optic Test/Measurement & Specialty Applications
  • 3.4. Private Enterprise Networks
  • 3.5. Harsh Environment (Military, Industrial, Other)

4. PLC Splitter Technology

  • 4.1. Overview
  • 4.2. PLC Splitter - Component Device (tube or compact box)
  • 4.3. PLC Splitter Modules

5. Company Profiles - Selected PLC Splitters or Related Technology

  • AC Photonics, Incorporated
  • AD-net Technology Company, Ltd.
  • AFL (subsidiary of Fujikura Limited)
  • AiDi Corporation
  • Aminite Technology Co. Ltd (Shenzhen)
  • Amphenol Network Solutions
  • Broadex Technologies
  • Calix, Incorporated
  • ColorChip
  • CommScope Inc.
  • Corning Incorporated
  • DAYTAI Network Technologies Company, Ltd (Hangzhou)
  • Dierite Optoelectronics Technology Company, Ltd. (Jisngsu)
  • DYS Fiber Optic Technology Company, Ltd (Shenzhen)
  • East Photonics
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Inc. (FOCI)
  • Fibre Optical Component GmbH (FOC)
  • Fiberon Technologies, Incorporated
  • Fi-ra Photonics Company, Limited
  • FOCC Fiber Optic Company, Limited
  • Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • FS.COM
  • Fujikura Limited
  • Furukawa Electric Company Limited
  • Go!Foton (NSG)
  • Gould Fiber Optics (a G&H Company)
  • Hanlan Technology Co., Ltd. (Hunan)
  • Haphit Limited
  • Hataken Company, Limited
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Huihong Technologies Limited
  • Hysolution Company, Ltd.
  • Intel
  • Kington Optic Company, Ltd. (Shenzhen)
  • Korea Ortron Corporation
  • LEAD Fiber Optics Company, Limited (LFO)
  • LEONI
  • Lumentum Operations LLC
  • Molex
  • Melbye Skandinavia (Raycore)
  • NeoPhotonics Corporation (also see: Lumentum Operations LLC)
  • NTT Electronics Corporation (NEL)
  • NTT Group - NTT R&D - NTT Device Technology Laboratories
  • OMC Industry Company Limited (Shenzhen)
  • Optico Communication Company, Ltd. (Shenzhen)
  • Optone Technology Limited
  • Optoscribe Ltd.
  • Optotec
  • OZ Optics Incorporated
  • Photeon Technologies
  • Photonic Manufacturing Service Ltd.
  • PPI Incorporated
  • Prysmian Group
  • Qingdao Applied Photonic Technologies Co., Ltd. (APT)
  • Qualfiber Technology Co., Ltd.
  • SENKO Advanced Components
  • Sindi Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Sopto Technologies Co., Ltd (Hongan Group)
  • Spring Optical Communication Co., Ltd (Shenzhen)
  • SQS Vláknová optika a.s.
  • Sun Telecom Comunication Company Limited
  • Sunma International Industry Ltd.
  • SYLEX, s.r.o.
  • T&S Communications Co., Ltd.
  • TING ESUN Communication Technology Co., Ltd (Shenzhen)
  • Vertiv Company
  • Wayoptics
  • WOORIRO Optical Telecom Company, Limited
  • Wuhan Wolon Communication Technology Co., Ltd. (Wolon)
  • Yilut Optical Communication Company (Wuhan)
  • Yuyao Jera Line Fitting Company, Ltd.
  • Zhaoye Optic-Electronic Technology Co. Ltd. (Hangzhou)

6. ElectroniCast Research and Analysis Methodology

  • 6.1. Research and Analysis Methodology
  • 6.2. Assumptions of the PLC Splitter Market Forecast
  • 7. ElectroniCast Consultants - Market Analysis & Forecast Data Base (Excel Explanation)

List of Tables

  • 1.1.1. Market Forecast Product Categories and Split Configurations
  • 1.2.1. Machine Type Communication Applications
  • 1.2.2. Harsh Environment Applications, Components & Devices/Parts
  • 2.2.1. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Region ($Million)
  • 2.2.2. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Region (Quantity/Units)
  • 2.2.3. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Split Configuration ($Million)
  • 2.2.4. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Split Configuration (Quantity/Units)
  • 2.2.5. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Split Configuration (Price, $ Each)
  • 2.3.1. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Region ($Million)
  • 2.3.2. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Region (Quantity/Units)
  • 2.3.3. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Split Configuration ($Million)
  • 2.3.4. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Split Configuration (Quantity/Units)
  • 2.3.5. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Split Configuration (Price, $ Each)
  • 3.1.1. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Application ($Million)
  • 3.1.2. PLC Splitter Compact Device Global Forecast, by Application (Quantity/Units)
  • 3.1.3. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Application ($Million)
  • 3.1.4. PLC Splitter Module Global Forecast, by Application (Quantity/Units)
  • 3.2.1. PLC Splitter Device in FTTx/Telecom/CATV Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.2.2. PLC Splitter Device in FTTx/Telecom/CATV Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.2.3. PLC Splitter Device in FTTx/Telecom/CATV Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.2.4. PLC Splitter Module in FTTx/Telecom/CATV Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.2.5. PLC Splitter Module in FTTx/Telecom/CATV Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.2.6. PLC Splitter Module in FTTx/Telecom/CATV Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.3.1. PLC Splitter Device in Test/Measurement Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.3.2. PLC Splitter Device in Test/Measurement Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.3.3. PLC Splitter Device in Test/Measurement Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.3.4. PLC Splitter Module in Test/Measurement Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.3.5. PLC Splitter Module in Test/Measurement Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.3.6. PLC Splitter Module in Test/Measurement Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.4.1. PLC Splitter Device in Private Enterprise Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.4.2. PLC Splitter Device in Private Enterprise Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.4.3. PLC Splitter Device in Private Enterprise Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.4.4. PLC Splitter Module in Private Enterprise Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.4.5. PLC Splitter Module in Private Enterprise Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.4.6. PLC Splitter Module in Private Enterprise Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.5.1. PLC Splitter Device in Harsh Environment Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.5.2. PLC Splitter Device in Harsh Environment Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.5.3. PLC Splitter Device in Harsh Environment Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 3.5.4. PLC Splitter Module in Harsh Environment Global Forecast, by Configuration ($Million)
  • 3.5.5. PLC Splitter Module in Harsh Environment Global Forecast, by Configuration (Quantity)
  • 3.5.6. PLC Splitter Module in Harsh Environment Global Forecast, by Configuration (Price, $)
  • 5.1. Noted Applications - PLC Splitters
  • 5.2. PLC Splitter Manufacturing Product-Line / Features
  • 7.1. PLC Splitter Applications ElectroniCast Database Hierarchy
  • 7.2. PLC Splitter Split Ratio Configuration ElectroniCast Database Hierarchy

NOTE: SEE EXCEL ELECTRONICAST WORKSHEETS FOR REGIONAL MARKET DATA

List of Figures

  • 1.1.1. PLC Splitter Application Example
  • 1.1.2. Passive Optical Network Topology Example
  • 1.1.3. PLC Splitter Chips (Assorted)
  • 1.1.4. PLC Wafer
  • 1.1.5. Schematic Drawing - PLC Splitter Chip and Other Parts
  • 1.1.6. Illustration and Image of PLC Splitter Optical Fiber Interface Assembly
  • 1.1.7. 2x8 PLC Splitter
  • 1.1.8. High Grade Polarization Maintaining (PM) PLC Optical Signal Splitter
  • 1.1.9. Polarization Maintaining (PM) PLC Splitters (1x8, 1x24)
  • 1.1.10. PLC Splitter Component-Level Compact Devices Global Forecast, by Region ($Million)
  • 1.1.11. Value-Added PLC Splitter Modules (Assorted)
  • 1.1.12 PLC Splitter Modules with Connectors (Assorted)
  • 1.1.13 PLC Splitter Modules with Connectors
  • 1.1.14 PLC Splitter Modules with Connectors
  • 1.1.15 PLC Splitter Modules Global Forecast, by Region ($Million)
  • 1.2.1. Fixed Broadband Subscriptions by Technology Choice
  • 1.2.2. Fiber Optic Network Topology
  • 1.2.3. WDM/TDM-PON Technology
  • 1.2.4. 25G WDM-PON solution for 5G fronthaul
  • 1.2.5. FTTP PON Architecture
  • 1.2.6. HFC Distribution System
  • 1.2.7. Data Center Facility, United States
  • 1.2.8. High-Bandwidth Applications
  • 1.2.9. High-Bandwidth Applications
  • 2.2.1. Mechanical Drawing: 1x2 and 1x64 PLC Compact Splitter Devices
  • 2.2.2. Component-Level Compact PLC Splitter Devices (Assorted)
  • 2.3.1. 1x16 PLC Splitter Module
  • 2.3.2. 1x32 PLC Splitter Module with SC Connectors
  • 2.3.3. Mechanical Drawing: 1x32 PLC Splitter Module
  • 3.2.1. FTTH GPON: Passive Optical Network
  • 3.2.2. Radio Frequency over Glass: HFC
  • 3.4.1. Typical Gigabit Enterprise Network Product Deployment
  • 3.4.2. Hyperscale Data Center (HDC)
  • 4.1.1. Typical PLC Components Used in Optical Communication Networks
  • 4.1.2. RGB Coupler and RGB Laser-Light-Source Module with PLC Chip
  • 4.2.1. Single-mode PLC Splitter Compact Device
  • 4.2.2. Single-mode PLC Splitter Compact Device
  • 4.3.1. PLC Splitter Module
  • 4.3.2. Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) splitter modules
  • 5.1. PLC Splitter and Module
  • 5.2. Fiber Optic Splitter Module (C2 - Splitter Module)
  • 5.3. Fiber Optic Splitter Module
  • 5.4. Next Generation Passive Optical Network 2 (NG-PON2) Topology Example
  • 5.5. 5.7-inch PLC Splitter Wafer
  • 5.6. 1XN PLC Optical Splitter Chips
  • 5.7. Fiber Optic PLC Splitter Module
  • 5.8. PLC Splitter with Optical Fiber
  • 5.9. PLC Splitter Module/Rack Patch-box
  • 5.10. Small Footprint Optical Component
  • 5.11. Small Footprint Optical Component (1x2 Thin Film Filter MUX/DEMUX)
  • 5.12. PLC Splitter Chip Features/Chips
  • 5.13. ABS PLC Splitter
  • 5.14. Compact Drop Closure for FTTH Premise
  • 5.15. Splitter Module
  • 5.16. Module Optical Splitter
  • 5.17. High Grade Polarization Maintaining (PM) PLC Optical Signal Splitters
  • 5.18. 1x2 Single Mode PLC Fiber Splitter ABS Box Type with SC Connectors
  • 5.19. Parts of a Passive Optical PLC Splitter
  • 5.20. Ribbon Type PLC Splitter
  • 5.21. Assorted PLC Splitter Products
  • 5.22. PLC Splitter Compact Devices
  • 5.23. PLCs and Applications in Optical Fiber Communications
  • 5.24. Photonic Integrated Platforms
  • 5.25. PLC Splitter in Splicing Module (Cassette)
  • 5.26. PLC Splitter Chips
  • 5.27. 1xN PLC Splitter
  • 5.28. 2x8 PLC Splitter
  • 5.29. PLC Splitter Module 900um Type
  • 5.30. Mini Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) Splitter
  • 5.31. Production-Line(s) in China
  • 5.32. 1x16 Mini ABS Type Fiber Optic PLC Splitter
  • 5.33. Polarization Maintaining PLC Splitters
  • 5.34. PLC Splitter Production - PLC Alignment (China)
  • 5.35. PLC Splitter Production - Manual Operation Section (China)
  • 5.36. PLC Wafer
  • 5.37. PLC Splitter Module
  • 5.38. Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) Splitter 1x8 Component with Connectors
  • 5.39. Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) Splitter Modules
  • 5.40. FTTH Topology Using PLC Splitters
  • 5.41. PLC Splitter Product "Food Chain"
  • 5.42. Planar Splitter Wafer
  • 6.1.1. ElectroniCast Market Research & Forecasting Methodology

Addendum

10-Year Market Forecast Data Base (2021-2031) - Excel Spreadsheets:

ElectroniCast presents sections (tabs) in the Microsoft EXCEL market forecast database:

  • Tables - Compact (Compact PLC Splitter Devices)
  • Global - Compact
  • America - Compact
  • EMEA - Compact
  • APAC - Compact
  • Tables - Module (PLC Splitter Modules/Enclosures)
  • Global - Module
  • America - Module
  • EMEA - Module
  • APAC - Module

Note: There are also four (4) "Extra Tables" that are not included in the PDF text file: