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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 laid under the sea annually worldwide is projected to reach 53 thousand kilometers by 2022, driven by the growing volume of data traffic, the resulting demand for fiber broadband and a parallel need for deploying fiber-optic cables in the Internet backbone. The market also stands to benefit from the emergence of new cable ownership patterns as evidenced by the growing number of non-telecom companies investing in submarine cables. Although saturating in terms of new project deployment, the still prevalent lack of connectivity in over 15 countries will provide new opportunities for project implementations in the coming years. Replacements, upgrades and repairs will drive a major chunk of revenues. A key trend in the market is the huge technology strides taken in the field of subsea fiber repair which is often expensive and complicated. Specialized robots are now used by companies for shallow water repairs, while specially designed "grapnels" are deployed to hoist cable during deep sea repairs. Emerging countries in Africa and Southeast Asia will witness strong growth driven by increased broadband investments against the backdrop of escalating demand for reliable connectivity and affordable broadband services. 

    Summary of Findings

  • Vulnerability of Undersea Fiber Optic Cables to Damage from Ship Anchors, Vandalism by Terrorists, Sharks and Ocean Life, and Undersea Earthquakes Fuels Cable Replacement and Repair Projects
  • Decentralization of Communication Infrastructure and the Urgent Need to Connect Information Economies into a Global Village Drives Demand for Undersea Cables
  • Continuous Technology Advancements and Launch of Faster Undersea Cables Capable of Transmitting Over 60 Terabytes of Data Per Second Bodes Well for Market Growth
  • Focus on Cost and Efficiency Drives Demand for Smaller and Lighter Submarine Telecommunications Cables
  • Growing Number of Internet Users and Exponential Rise in International Bandwidth Usage to Benefit Market Growth

    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.


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