ElectroniCast’s Field-Terminated Fusion Splice-On Connector America Region Market Forecast

According to ElectroniCast, the installation of field-terminated fiber optic fusion SOCs in the America region, in the year 2030, is set to reach over 13-million

December 15, 2020 ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market and technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of a new market forecast of the consumption of field terminated fiber optic fusion splice-on connectors in the American region.

Field terminated fiber optic fusion Splice On Connectors (SOC) are installed for permanent termination, as well as rapid repairs or for limited space situations where pre-terminated fiber cabling may be difficult, such as when the cable assembly needs to pass through small openings such as conduit or storage space for cable slack is limited.  The splice-on connectors are an option when the precise length of the optical fiber link is not pre-determined and a field-installed termination solution is required, such as in Fiber to the Home (FTTH), Data Centers, and other communication applications.

In 2019, nearly 8 million field-terminated fiber optic fusion splice-on connectors were installed in non-OEM applications in the American region (North America plus the rest of the region).  Because of the impact on production, sales, shipment, and implementation caused by the negative effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), ElectroniCast has forecasted a slowdown or negative movement in consumption in 2020 and, in some categories, a sluggish recovery.

The number of fiber optic fusion splice-on connectors (SOCs) is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of nearly 5%, installing over 10 million units in 2024 and installing over 13 million units in the year 2030.  Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.

The Telecommunications application category is forecast to maintain the leadership in relative market share through the year 2030.  Telecommunication volume (quantity/unit) consumption mainly driven by access optical fiber deployment, RF-overlay/infra-structures (5G – next-generation cellular and other).  The Cable TV/Multimedia application is also driven by the use of connectors for FTTH (Home) and FTTB (Building/MDUs – Multiple Dwelling Units). Increasing volume is also predicted for Premises Networks/Data Centers and other applications.

The market forecast segments the connectors by single-mode and multimode optical fiber, as well as into the following types: MPO, LC, FC, ST, SC, and others. The field termination of multimode fiber connectors, which are best suited for use in relatively short lengths, is forecasted to reach close to 3-million units in 2030.

Fiber optic fusion splice on connectors (SOC) is used in FTTx networks, cable TV backbone networks, Central Office and Head-End connector replacement, outside plant (OSP) and multiple dwelling units (apartments/condominiums) fiber to the premises (FTTP) cabling, RF-overlay/ infrastructures (5G – next-generation cellular and other), and FTTP networks, as well as premises networks (Fiber-to-the-Desk, Other), data center (DC) installation, connector restoration in the field, industrial and specialty applications and other miscellaneous applications.

In addition to outside plant (OSP) installations, field terminated fiber optic fusion splice on connectors (SOC) are finding their way into data centers (DC) and other inside plant applications.  With these connectors, installers/ technicians can accomplish cable builds with exact lengths, eliminating the short cable and excess cable slack, as well as logistic delays associated with pre-terminated cables.  The SOCs provide reliable, permanent, terminations that provide an alternative to mechanical splice connector types.  The connectors also facilitate fast MAC (moves, adds, and changes) installation solutions.

This ElectroniCast report provides the fiber optic fusion SOC consumption value, quantity, and average selling prices in the American region, segmented by North America and the Rest of America. History data are presented for 2019 and immediate estimates for the year 2020, plus the year-by-year forecast through 2030 for each significant type of field-terminated fusion splice-on connector.  The value is determined by multiplying the number of units by the average selling price (ASP). The ASPs are based on the price of the connector at the initial factory level.

The forecast for each connector type, in turn, is segmented into each selected communication application.  Company profiles of selected competitors and related companies are provided.  Additionally, competitive market share estimates (2019) for selected manufacturers of field-terminated fusion splice-on connectors are provided.

The American regional fiber optic connector consumption is driven by a dramatic increase in bandwidth demand beyond the limits of copper.  Technological advances in fiber optics are assuring the migration of fiber closer and closer to the end-user. This translates into demand for shorter links where connectors represent a substantial share of the total installation cost. The cost concerns are being addressed with the introduction of smaller, lower cost, and easier to install connectors. The use of multiple fiber connectors is also increasing, driven by the need for high fiber-count cable density interconnect applications.

This market forecast report is available immediately from ElectroniCast. For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact ElectroniCast at www.electronicast.com

ElectroniCast Consultants, founded in 1981, specializes in forecasting trends in technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning, and consulting. ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm, serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies, communication and data network companies, and the financial community.  Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit provided.  ElectroniCast Consultants’ goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for strategic planning.

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