The optical transport equipment market, according to a Dell'Oro report, declined about 5 percent, to $6.1 billion, in the first six months of 2012 from the same period a year ago.
Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport research at Dell'Oro Group, said the optical market results reflected the spending patterns of three markets, particularly North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
"The optical market contracted in the first half of 2012 due to lower spending in the mature markets of North America and EMEA,' he said. "The emerging regions of Asia Pacific and Latin America, however, did grow as service providers in the regions continued to expand network capacity."
While the North America and EMEA optical markets declined 12 and 16 percent, respectively, Asia Pacific and Latin America grew 7 and 11 percent.
Two of the growth drivers in the optical technology revenue mix were WDM and Packet Optical Transport Systems (P-OTS).
Driven by the service provider demand for 40G and 100G wavelengths, WDM equipment revenue rose 5 percent in the first half of 2012. Likewise, the adoption of POTS by carriers like Verizon and XO continued to rise and contributed to almost one-third of the optical market revenues during this period.
From a vendor perspective, Huawei has become the dominant optical player, capturing about 20 percent of the market in this period. Dell'Oro's ranking is in line with other analyst firms such as Infonetics, which said in its Optical Network Hardware vendor market share report that it saw similar seasonal gains by the Chinese vendor.
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