In the eight years or so of previous ROADM history, we have witnessed a
continuum of advancing capabilities and technologies in ROADMs. In the last
2-3 years, several companies have introduced products that are Edge ROADMs
(although the name is only beginning to be standardized), with reduced
capabilities, and reuse of existing technology on a cost-reduced basis.
Now in mid-2010, ROADMs have become a standard part of long-haul networks -
to be included as a matter of course in any new network, and they have become
a major update objective for existing networks. They have also become
important to metro networks. In addition to the maturity of application,
ROADMs have also developed a third-generation technology base - the
wavelength selective switch (WSS) - that has quickly become the "gold
standard." Now the new application that is driving cost savings is the use of
low-cost ROADMs on the edge of the network.
Continuing the trend, carriers are now interested in extending that control
capability to the ends of the network. The ever-increasing demand for
bandwidth at the ends of the network - mostly exemplified by the
overwhelming importance of video - make the extension of network control
This report details where the industry is in beginning the new ROADM
revolution, from the "Core to the Edge." This revolution will bring ROADMs to
virtually every central office and headend in the US, and in many parts of the
world. The forecasts included detail that expansion.
The main focus for this report is the edge ROADM. There are forecasts (based
on an update of our forecast two years ago, which were probably the first
available anywhere), application sketches, complete vendor coverage,
technology discussions, etc. - all aimed at the edge ROADM. It should be
noted that the forecasts recognize the slowdown caused by the 2008-2009
recession. They also forecast a rebound starting in 2010. A number of
technologies are involved in the ROADM. The report presents several different
architectures, with an emphasis on edge ROADMs and WSSs, but also including
the switch version and the broadcast version. Technologies involved in each
approach are described. The vendors associated with the various approaches are
identified, and market forecasts are developed on a component/subsystem level
as well as on a system level.
The main market driver for ROADMs is the desire by carriers to save operating
expenses. The new video thrust by the major combined RBOCs is a new driver to
ROADM deployment. These companies are in the process of deploying nationwide
networks to deliver video on their fiber access local networks. ROADMs are the
perfect adaptation to control these video distribution services. In addition,
the forecasted increase in wavelength services is going to greatly facilitate
the deployment of networks based on ROADMs. Finally, the ever-increasing
demand for bandwidth by the end user is mandating that ROADMs penetrate the
network from core to end.
- Forecasts out through 2015 for all metrics.
- Forecasts that fully recognize the impact of the 2008-2009 Recession and
the expected recovery.
- Forecasts that recognize the major role that ROADMs have played and are
playing in the deployment and expansion of the major Advanced Access
Architecture networks - FiOS and U-verse.
- A full statement of expected economic recovery beginning in mid-2010.
Table of Contents
- Table of Figures
- The Lightwave Network Series of Reports
- The Lightwave Network
- The Lightwave Series of Reports
- General Market Reports
- Specific Systems Reports
- General Reports on the Network
- Executive Summary
- Network Development
- ROADMs Defined
- The Path from the Core to the Edge - The Way of the ROADM
- Report Organization
- Business Case for ROADMs
- OpEx Savings
- Verizon ROADM Justification
- Wavelength Services
- IPTV Networks
- Edge Applications
- Market Drivers Summary
- Market Forecast
- Model for Forecast Core and Metro ROADMs
- Model for Forecast - Edge ROADMs
- Forecast Update
- Background for these forecasts
- General Economic Background
- Telecom Economic Background
- Possible Positives for Telecom in 2010
- ROADM Forecast - Edge
- Components Forecast
- Total Components US Market Forecast
- Components Total Global Forecast
- ROADM Technologies and Related Components
- Grating Light Valve (GLV)
- Planar Lightwave Circuits
- Liquid Crystal
- Fiber Bragg Grating
- Edge ROADM Applications
- Cable Companies
- Selected ROADM Component and System Suppliers
- Edge ROADM Component Vendors
- Auxora, Inc.
- Avanex (Now part of Oclaro)
- Finisar Corporation
- JDS Uniphase
- Xtellus (Now part of Oclaro)
- Edge ROADM System Vendors
- General ROADM Component and System Vendors
- Component/System Vendor Listing
- AC Photonics, Inc.
- Active Optical MEMS, Inc.
- Aegis Lightwave, Inc.
- Agiltron, Inc.
- Alliance Fiber Optic Products
- ANdevices (Enablenace Technologies)
- AOC Technologies
- Auxora, Inc.
- Avanex Corporation
- Avo Photonics
- Capella Photonics
- Clarendon Photonics
- CoAdna Photonics
- Corrigent (Owned by Orckit)
- Cube Optics AG
- DiCon Fiberoptics
- DuPont Photonics Technologies
- Emit Technology Co. Ltd.
- Enablence Technologies
- Engana Pty. Ltd. (Optium Corp.) (Now owned by Finisar)
- Fibernett Co. Ltd.
- Finisar Corporation
- Kamelian (Amphotonix Ltd)
- Lambda Optical Systems
- LightComm Technology
- LIGHTCONNECT Inc (NeoPhotonics)
- Lightwaves2020 Inc.
- Lynx Photonic Networks
- Mahi Networks (Meriton - Now known as Xtera)
- Metconnex (JDSU)
- Network Photonics (Not in operation)
- O-Net Communications Ltd.
- Oplink Communications, Inc.
- Optium Technologies (Finisar owns this Now)
- OpTun Inc. (NEoPhotonics)
- SDO Communications Corp.
- Shenzhen Hi-Optel Technology Co. Ltd.
- Silicon Light Machines (Cypress Semiconductor)
- Sinclair Manufacturing Company
- Stratos International, Inc. (Now owned by Emerson)
- TeraXion Inc.
- TheFibers Inc.
- Valdor Fiber Optics
- Tunable Lasers Vendors List
- Altitun AB (ADC)
- Bookham (New Focus, Inc. - Now part of Newport Family of Companies) 102
- JDS Uniphase
- Pirelli Broadband Systems
- Appendix III - Listing of Acronyms
Table of Figures
- Figure 1: Lightwave Network
- Figure 2: Forecast of Edge ROADM Systems - US
- Figure 3: Forecast for Wavelength Services
- Figure 4: Edge ROADM Component Vendors
- Figure 5: Edge ROADM System Vendors
- Figure 6: Four Generations of ROADMs
- Figure 7: US Edge ROADMs Systems
- Figure 8: Total Components US Market Forecast
- Figure 9: Components Total Global Forecast
- Figure 10: Selected Suppliers' Primary Technologies
- Figure 11: ROADMs across the Network
- Figure 12: Example of Edge ROADM Application - Telco
- Figure 13: Example of Edge ROADM used by Cable Company
- Figure 14: Edge ROADM Component Vendors
- Figure 15: Edge ROADM System Vendors
- Figure 16: Summary Table - Sub-system Vendors