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Ever-Rising Need for Fiber Optics to Support Exploding Bandwidth Demand Drives the Global Submarine Optical Fiber Cables Market

Published: January 2018


  • Code: MCP-7858
  • Pages: 276
  • Tables: 28
  • Companies: 104


Submarine Optical Fiber Cables route kilometers laid annually worldwide is projected to reach 53 thousand kilometers by 2022, driven by increasing demand for data, rising trend of connecting new points, and the emergence of new cable ownership patterns. There has been sharp and steady growth of bandwidth demand across the world, with every region experiencing compound annual growth of over 40% in international bandwidth use between 2011 and 2015. Asia, Oceana, and Africa experienced nearly 50% growth during the same period. Currently, only 15 countries and territories in the world still lack international fiber connections, and hence there might not be much room for growth. However, repairs and upgrades would continue even if there are no new builds. The expected life expectancy of submarine cables is nearly 25 years, and this means that there would always be requirements for repairs, upgrades or replacements. The industry made large strides in recent years in the complicated and expensive process of subsea fiber repair. Specialized robots are now used by companies for shallow water repairs, while specially designed "grapnels" are deployed to hoist cable during deep sea repairs. 

    Summary of Findings

  • Network Upgrades Spur Growth in Developed Markets
  • Focus on Internet Infrastructure Development Fuels Growth in Emerging Markets
  • Growth in High Bandwidth Internet Video to Drive Use of Submarine Cable Systems
  • Technology Advancements Promise Faster Undersea Transmission
  • Rise in IP-enabled Devices Lead to Bandwidth Capacity Expansion
  • Proposed Deployment of Trans-Polar Submarine Cable System in Arctic Ocean to Provide Growth Opportunities

    Timeline for Analysis

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2013-2022

    Geographic Markets Analyzed

  • Americas, EMEA, Intra-Asia, Others


  • Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks SAS
  • Ciena Corporation
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited
  • Infinera Corporation
  • Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd.


  • Review of Industry/Market Structure
  • Analysis of Trends & Drivers
  • Insights on Macro Market Scenarios
  • Market SWOT Analysis
  • Latent Demand Forecasts & Projections
  • Comprehensive Geographic Market Analysis
  • Presentation Ready Facts & Statistical Data Findings
  • Coverage of Major/Niche Players, Market Shares & Competition
  • Coverage of major Company/Technology/Product/Financial Stories
  • Extensive Product/Service/End-Use/Technology Coverage Where Applicable

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