Increased 40G QSFP Spending Increases Sale of 10-, 40- and 100-Gigabit Optical Transceivers

Technology market research firm IHS Infonetics today reported that revenue from 10-, 40- and 100-Gigabit optical transceivers sold into the enterprise and data center markets grew 21 percent in 2014 to $1.4 billion, almost entirely due to increased 40G QSFP (quad small form factor pluggable) spending.

IHS Infonetics expects the datacom optical transceiver market to grow to over $2.1 billion by 2019

"40G transceivers are ramping up hard as data centers deploy 40GbE, particularly as a high-density 10G interface via breakout cables. 40G QSFP demand growth over single-mode fiber is primarily a result of large shipments to internet content providers Microsoft and Google," said Andrew Schmitt, research director for carrier transport networking at IHS Infonetics.

"The market for 100G data center optics is accelerating, but it has yet to be turbocharged by widespread data center deployment in the way 40G QSFP optics have. This will change dramatically in 2016 as cheap 100G silicon reaches production and QSFP28 shipments surge as a result," Schmitt said. "Next year is going to be huge for 100GbE."

IHS Infonetics' biannual 10G/40G/100G Data Center Optics market size and forecast report tracks in granular detail optical transceivers, or short reach optics, by speed, reach, wavelength and form factor.


  • Data center transceivers account for 65 percent of the overall (telecom and datacom) 10G/40G/100G optical transceiver market
  • Total 40G transceiver revenue grew 81 percent in the second half of 2014 (2H14) over the same period a year ago (2H13)
  • 10G shipments in the data center continue to grow at healthy rates, but are being impacted by growth of 40G interfaces used as high-density 10G interfaces
  • Meanwhile, worldwide revenue for client 10G modules was flat on a year-over-year basis in 2014
  • IHS Infonetics expects the datacom optical transceiver market to grow to over $2.1 billion by 2019

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IHS Infonetics' biannual 10G/40G/100G data center optics report provides worldwide market size, forecasts through 2019, analysis and trends for manufacturer revenue, units shipped and ARPU. The report analyzes the optical transceiver market by module speed (10G, 40G, 100G), reach, wavelength and form factor. Unit volume forecasts are based on IHS Infonetics' 1G/10G/40G/100G Networking Ports forecast, which aggregates trends from a wide range of enterprise, datacenter, optical transport, and carrier routing and switching equipment. To purchase the report, contact IHS Infonetics:


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  • 1G/10G/40G/100G Networking Ports Forecast (Apr.)
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  • Service Provider Outsourcing to Vendors Forecast (May)
  • Packet-Optical Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (May)
  • Optical Network Hardware Forecast (May)
  • Service Provider Capex, Revenue & Capex by Equipment Type Forecast (May)
  • 100G Coherent Optical Ports Forecast (June)


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