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Harsh Environment Fiber Optic Components and Devices/Parts Global Market Forecast & Analysis

ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market & technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of their market forecast and analysis of the global market consumption and technology trends of fiber optic components, and supporting devices and parts, which are designed to operate in harsh environments, beyond the environment of commercial telecom and datacom (premise) installations.

“The environments encountered by the components included in this analysis and forecast often require custom designed packaging, with much smaller quantities required, compared to packaging of components for conventional/commercial applications,” said Jeff D. Montgomery, chairman and founder of ElectroniCast Consultants –and the director of the study program. “The environmental extremes that must be accommodated are greater, there often is a need for minimizing size and weight, shock and vibration environments are more extreme,” Montgomery added.

According to ElectroniCast, the American region in 2009, led in global consumption of harsh environment fiber optic components with 53 percent relative market share ($328 million), as detailed in Figure 1. The European region held second-place and the Asia Pacific occupied third-place. “Over the 2009-2019 period, however, consumption of these components will expand faster in the European and the Asia Pacific regions,” Montgomery said.

Harsh Environment Defined Harsh Environment (HE) is defined, by ElectroniCast, as environment beyond the limits normally encountered by commercial telecom, datacom and commercial intra-equipment fiber data links; extremes of

- Temperature; above or below (-40 to +75) degrees C

- Shock and vibration

- Tensile strength (e.g., for fiber-guided missiles, tethered sensors, etc.)

- High electromagnetic or radio-frequency (EMI/RFI/EMP) interference

- Corrosive and/or solvent surroundings

- Atomic and other Radiation

- External pressure extremes

- Rough handling during installation/deployment

- Others

Necessary rough handling during installation or deployment also qualifies as a “harsh environment”.




This market forecast and analysis report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants. For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact Theresa Hosking, Marketing/Sales; thosking@electronicastconsultants.com (Telephone/USA: 707/275-9397)

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