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EMEA Market Expected To Turn Around In 2011

The EMEA optical network hardware market is forecast to make an overall gain of about 7% in 2011 as a result of a spending recovery in Western Europe, access network deployments in the Middle East and strong growth in metro WDM equipment in Eastern and Central Europe.

Market research firm Infonetics Research today has excerpts from its Optical Network Hardware in EMEA: Europe, Middle East, and Africa report.

"The optical network hardware market in EMEA saw a strong rebound in late 2010 due to a year-end spending flurry, but it wasn't strong enough to turn around the decline for the year (down 11%). We forecast an overall gain of about 7% in EMEA in 2011, as a result of a spending recovery in Western Europe; access network deployments in the Middle East, particularly the Arabian peninsula and Israel; and strong growth in metro WDM equipment in Eastern and Central Europe as carriers shift from microwave to fibre-fed access for wireless backhaul," notes Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst for optical at Infonetics Research.

The report highlights that western Europe leads optical hardware equipment spending in EMEA, with 60% in 2010. The optical hardware market in Central and Eastern Europe is growing the fastest among the EMEA regions. Also, for the full 2010 year, Alcatel-Lucent leads the EMEA optical network hardware market, with about 1/3 of the market, followed closely by Huawei. EMEA represented 30% of worldwide telecom capital expenditures (CAPEX) in 2010, and 31% of worldwide optical equipment spending

Infonetics' Optical Network Hardware in EMEA report tracks SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) and WDM (wave division multiplexing) optical hardware for metro and long haul networks sold by vendors in the EMEA region, including Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The service provides vendor market share, market size, and forecasts through 2015 by country and region.

Companies tracked in the report include ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI, Canoga Perkins, Ciena, Cisco, Cyan, ECI, Ekinops, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, Infinera, MRV, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Sorrento, Sycamore, Tejas, Tellabs, Transmode, Turin, Tyco, Xtera, ZTE and others.
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