Growth of Global FTTx Projects Provides Strong Opportunities for Fiber Optic Testing Equipment Market.PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Worldwide fiber to the x (FTTx) projects continue to increase due to triple play service's huge requirement for bandwidth and the rising demand for last mile and access networks. FTTx offers a reliable solution that provides high-capacity networks and services as well as a secure connection for telecommunications through the use of optical fiber instead of the usual copper loop. This performance reliability will likely drive significant demand for fiber optic testing equipment (FOTE FOTE Follow-On Operational Test and Evaluation (usually abbreviated FOT&E)
FOTE Follow-On Test and Evaluation
FOTE Fleet Operational Test and Evaluation
FOTE Final Operational Test & Evaluation ).
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com), World Fiber Optic Test Equipment (FOTE) Markets, finds that these markets earned revenues of $586.1 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach $891.7 million in 2013.
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"Migration toward triple play services and increasing demand for high-speed networks will likely create a need for more advanced and integrated FOTE," notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Lakshman Koundinya. "Fiber optics fiber optics, transmission of digitized messages or information by light pulses along hair-thin glass fibers. Each fiber is surrounded by a cladding having a high index of refractance so that the light is internally reflected and travels the length of the fiber systems are considered cost-effective solutions for the high bandwidth capacity required to provide triple play services over long distances, and will drive the demand for FOTE equipment in the near future."
Additionally, countries such as India and China have exceptionally high demand for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH (Fiber To The Home) See FTTP. ). In regions such as Western Europe and the Middle East, demand continues to steadily increase. This regional growth will positively impact the FOTE market.
Triple play services represent the next big thing in communications and many service providers have already begun offering integrated triple play test solutions featuring broadband Internet access Broadband Internet access, often shortened to just "broadband", is high speed Internet access—typically contrasted with dial-up access over modem.
Dial-up modems are generally only capable of a maximum bitrate of 56 kbit/s (kilobits per second) and require the full use of a , television, and telephony services on a single converged platform. The growing video-on-demand services will likely generate massive traffic in the years to come and will require greatly enhanced bandwidth in the core and metro networks.
Furthermore, the development of faster networks and Gbit Ethernet, contribute to the tremendous pressure FOTE vendors feel to develop innovative products while constantly expanding their product portfolios to keep pace with evolving end-user needs. High bit-rate networks challenge equipment manufacturers to design and develop high-precision network elements and may compel them to increase investment in R&D.
While dedicated instruments refer to test equipment for a particular application or testing technology such as optical time domain reflectometer (hardware) Optical Time Domain Reflectometer - A device used to perform Optical Time Domain Reflectometry. (OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) A test instrument that analyzes the light loss in an optical fiber. Used to find faults, splices and bends in the line, it works by sending out a light pulse and measuring its reflection. ) and optical power meter (OPM See Oracle Process Manufacturing. ), platforms combine several test solutions in one box. The gradual shift from dedicated instruments to optimized platforms represents a significant trend observed in the FOTE market.
With telecommunications networks continuously evolving from traditional to next-generation converged networks, technicians find themselves increasingly working in an FTTH environment performing OTDR, optical loss test set (OLTS OLTS Optical Loss Test Set
OLTS On Line Tracking System (EPA)
OLTS Organizational Level Test Set ) and optical spectrum analyzer (OSA 1. OSA - Open Scripting Architecture.
2. OSA - Open System Architecture. ) testing rather than just time domain reflector reflector: see telescope. (TDR TDR - time domain reflectometer ) and digital subscriber line See DSL.
(communications, protocol) Digital Subscriber Line - (DSL, or Digital Subscriber Loop, xDSL - see below) A family of digital telecommunications protocols designed to allow high speed data communication over the existing copper telephone lines between end-users and (DSL DSL
in full Digital Subscriber Line
Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary ) testing.
The testing changes have caused a shift toward FOTE integrated platforms since they offer both compactness and easier usability. Despite higher testing capabilities, the demand for dedicated test equipment will likely decrease over time.
"The shift from dedicated instruments to optimized platforms is due to converged networks requiring more than one dedicated testing such as copper and optical testing," notes Koundinya. "This is expected to drive demand for platforms in the future and lead to a decreasing trend for dedicated instruments."
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