Rising demand for energy conservation coupled with rise in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers in the European region has bolstered the growth of passive optical network (PON) equipment market. Furthermore, low cost of ownership, high return on investments, advanced security, optimized bandwidth connectivity and simplified network operations are other factors driving growth in passive optical network equipment market. High investment in research infrastructure, technological advancements and growing demand for higher bandwidth serve as excellent opportunities for the market and are expected to reinforce the passive optical network equipment market in the years to come.
Gigabyte passive optical network (GPON) equipment accounted for two-thirds of the market share in 2013, due to rapid usage of PON equipment. The GPON equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 26.5% over the forecasted period.
GPON optical network terminals (ONTs) accounted for majority market share in the year 2013 owing to the growth in GPON. As ONTs are components located at the subscribers end, the number of subscriber is similar to the number of ONT's. Thus, the GPON ONT and OLT technology is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25.5% and 28.4%, respectively, over the forecasted period, owing to its rapid usage and wide range of applications served by GPON.
In 2013, the Asia Pacific market was the leading revenue generator for the passive optical network equipment market. The dominance by Asia Pacific is due to large number of countries such as Japan, India, China and Taiwan among others demanding higher bandwidths owing to increased internet penetration and also investing a great deal in research and development infrastructure. On the other hand, North America and Europe accounted for over half of the market share, owing to continual usage of passive optical network equipment for networking purpose and have a strong optical network setup.
Passive optical network equipment (PON) Market: By geography
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