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Ovum's optical networks forecast projects the global market that supports network connectivity by region for the years 2019 to 2024. Ovum analyzes the impact on the adoption of higher-speed coherent optics, growth by region, and growth by product segmentation.


  • 400G+ coherent capable lines will grow 63% by 2024.
  • Optical network market will grow 3.2% by 2024 driven by data center interconnect, wireless backhaul/fronthaul, and migration to higher speed optics.

Features and Benefits

  • Assess key growth areas in Optical network market.
  • Analyzes the type of coherent optics will be adopted over time.
  • Compares current forecast to previous forecast for high speed optics such as higher 200G.
  • Identify the optical wavelength units based on actual operations.

Key questions answered

  • What regions have the fastest growing optical network spending?
  • What type of coherent line will support most traffic?
  • What drove the changes in the forecast?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Optical Networks Forecast Spreadsheet: 2019–24