ROADM WSS Component Market: Overview

Organizations looking to cost-effectively deploy WDM networks find Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS)-based Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) a suitable option. The relatively low cost of ROADM WSS accounts for their popularity. The WSS component offers end users benefits of high flexibility, size, and remarkable increase in performance. WSS essentially formed a part of the market when first-generation ROADM entered the networking industry. The deployment of WSS gathered traction as a key technology in ROADMs since the former enabled end users to transition to high capacity network infrastructure without any significant upgrade. The drive for deploying multi-degree hub nodes and mesh architectures is one of the business proposition for users in the ROADM WSS component market. 

ROADM WSS can be single node or multi-node. Over the years, the ROADM WSS component market has seen the proliferation in the development of the latter equipped with advanced features. The aim of technological advances is to improve wavelength connection, increase switching flexibility, and optimize operation cost.

The various types in the ROADM WSS component market includes blocker-based, edge ROADMs, PLC-based, in addition to the popular WSS technology.

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ROADM WSS Component Market: Competitive Analysis and Key Developments

Business proposition for making optical networks deliver peak performance has created the need for adopting open ROADM networks that are also scalable and cost-effective, thus expanding the horizon in the ROADM WSS component market. Service providers in IT and telecommunication sector are ramping up efforts to meet these criteria in critical network infrastructures. Top players in the ROADM WSS component market pin hopes on multi-vendor network design. A recent case in point is the unveiling of such a design for its client. The communication equipment company Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. has recently unveiled SDN-based design aimed toward meeting the need for open ROADM network for a Tier 1 service provider.

The new technology in the ROADM WSS component market, claims Fujitsu, is first-of-its kind. It offers the service provider a unified view of different vendors equipment and accelerate network design and deployment processes. Such product introductions are likely to become more frequent in coming years with Open ROADM Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) gathering heat among service providers.

Some of the well-entrenched players in the ROADM WSS market are:

  • Finisar Corporation
  • Sinclair Manufacturing Company
  • ADVA Optical Networking
  • Finisar Corporation
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Aegis Lightwave, Inc
  • Active Optical MEMS, Inc
  • AC Photonics, Inc.

The growing popularity of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified solutions will pave way to product innovations in the ROADM WSS component market.

ROADM WSS Component Market: Key Trends

The drive for deployment of high capacity network infrastructure, particularly high-speed, for provisioning of services is a key trend spurring industry’s interest in ROADM WSS component market. End users in the IT and telecom industry utilize ROADM WSS to make precise and flexible grid. The need for more cost effective next-generation WSS modules is also bolstering the expansion of the ROADM WSS component market.

The growing adoption of automated edge optical add-drop multiplexer (OADM) is also boosting the ROADM WSS component market. WSS-enabled ROADM enabled reduction in operation cost for customers deploying metro networks. In this regard, PLC-based ROADM WSS components have gathered notable steam in the ROAD WSS component market.

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ROADM WSS Component Market: Regional Assessment

Among the various regions, North America has witnessed considerable opportunities, mainly on the back of surge in high data traffic in enterprises in developed countries. Massive technological advancements by network providers have also spurred growth of the regional market.

Meanwhile, Asia Pacific is expected to rise at a rapid pace. The growth will be propelled by the rising government initiatives to upgrade network infrastructure for enterprises and commercial users. Moreover, growing demand for high-speed network infrastructure will boost the regional market.

ROADM is a system that allows flexible, precise, and remote selection of wavelengths transiting a given intermediate node on network for dropping or adding. ROADM components allow access to any wavelength passing through node. This can be done for adding or modifying the data before transmitting to the next node. ROADM components also allows interconnection of multiple intersecting networks at optical level preventing the expense and complexity of OEO conversions to setting up interconnection. 

The key factor contributing to growth of ROADM WSS component market is the growing demand for dynamic ROADMs. Global market is also experiencing an upsurge in the demand for adoption of wavelength selective switches (WSS) enabled ROADMs. However, product cost and quality are some of the major challenges faced by this industry that can hinder its growth rate. Growth of WSS market slowed down during past few months as a result of excessive supply chain inventory; however, this market is expected to resume growth in the near future as a result of surging demand for technologically improved components. 

Market Segmentation

Based on Product

  • PLC Based ROADMs
  • Blocker Based ROADMs
  • Wavelength Selective Switches (WSS)
  • Edge ROADMs (ER)

Based on Application

  • Degree Two Node
  • Degree Three Node 
  • Multiple Degree Node 

This research report analyzes this market based on its market segments and major geographies like 

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific 
  • Rest of the World 

This report includes complete analysis of current market trends, industry growth drivers, market restraints, market structure, and market predictions for near future. Report also includes analysis of Porter’s five force model, technological developments in this market, and detailed company profiles of top market players. This report provides evaluation of micro and macro factors essential for existing market players and new entrants with value chain analysis.

Some of the key players dominating this market are AC Photonics Inc., Active Optical MEMS Inc., Aegis Lightwave Inc., Agiltron Inc., Alliance Fiber Optic Products, ANdevices, AOC Technologies, Auxora Inc., Avanex Corporation, Avo Photonics, Capella Photonics, Clarendon Photonics, CoAdna Photonics, Corning, Corrigent, Cube Optics AG, DiCon Fiberoptics, DuPont Photonics Technologies, Emit Technology Co. Ltd., Enablence Technologies, Engana Pty. Ltd., Fibernett Co. Ltd., Finisar Corporation, Kamelian, Lambda Optical Systems, LightComm Technology, LIGHTCONNECT Inc, Lightwaves2020 Inc., Lynx Photonic Networks, Mahi Networks, Metconnex, NeoPhotonics, Network Photonics, O-Net Communications Ltd., Oplink Communications Inc., Optium Technologies, Optoplex, OpTun Inc., SDO Communications Corp., Shenzhen Hi-Optel Technology Co. Ltd., Silicon Light Machines, Sinclair Manufacturing Company, SpectraSwitch, Stratos International Inc., TeraXion Inc., The Fibers Inc., Valdor Fiber Optics, Xerox, and others.

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