Optical Switches Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Global Optical Switches Industry Share & Trends. The Market is Segmented by Type (Electro-Optic Switching, Acoustic-Optic Switching, MEMS-based Switching, Magneto-Optic Switching), by End-user Industry (Government and Defense, IT and Telecom, BFSI, Manufacturing) and Geography.

Optical Switches Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 11.58 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Optical Switches Market Analysis

The market for Global Optical Switches is analyzed to grow at a CAGR of 11.58% during the forecast period 2022-2027. An optical switch is a device that amplifies and connects several optical fibers. It also manages data packet routing between the input and output ports. At the transmitter, many optical switches turn light signals into electrical data, which is then converted back into light signals at the receiver.

  • Factors such as reduced energy consumption facilitated by optical switches and a surge in demand for high bandwidth & data transmission rates are expected to propel the global optical switches market forward.
  • One of the primary factors driving the market is the rising automation in many industry verticals. Optical switches are deployed in high-speed networks, where large switches are needed to handle significant traffic. They are also widely used in external modulators, network monitors, optical cross-connects (OXCs), optical add-drop multiplexers (OADM), and fiber optic component testing.
  • They are also used for restoration, wavelength routing, and fiber management in fiber communication networks and for switching protection as they allow signals to be switched to another fiber before an issue emerges when a fiber fails. This, coupled with increasing technical improvements, is propelling the industry forward.
  • With the growing investments in optical devices and the fast development of optical communication in recent years, the global optical switches market has seen significant growth. Increasing data traffic and adopting cloud computing are driving the market growth. The widespread implementation of 5G and the rise in demand for data centers are two major factors influencing the growth of the optical switches market. Furthermore, the industry is growing due to a shift in focus on digital transformation.
  • Budget constraints and high costs hamper the optical switches market. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the electronics industry since production facilities have stagnated, resulting in increased demand for electronics and semiconductor products. Its main effects are a significant industrial halt in Europe and a halt in Chinese parts exports, limiting the demand for optical switches.

Optical Switches Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Optical Switches Market according to our research experts:

IT and Telecom is Analyzed to Grow at Highest Rate During the Forecast Period

  • Switches play a crucial role in any communication network. When transporting data between devices, switches are present inside network-linked devices and are used to change data transmission paths. The total load on the network can be decreased by swiftly altering the transmission path and transmitting data only to relevant devices.
  • Optical signals can be routed along a specified communication path without being converted into an electrical signal. As a result, signals can be sent without affecting the benefits of high-speed optical communications. An optical switch in telecommunications is a switch that allows signals in optical fibers or integrated optical circuits (IOCs) to be switched from one circuit to another selectively.
  • The significant growth in product innovations to meet consumer demand is analyzed to boost the market growth rate. For instance, Tejas Networks has announced the launch of the TJ1600S/I, the largest disaggregated multi-terabit packet-optical switch designed for 5G, cloud, and broadband networks.
  • Nokia has recently launched new packet-optical switches for 5G Cloud RAN. The new switch family unifies mobile transport for 4G and 5G networks by transparently supporting existing and new radio interface standards.
  • Furthermore, over 70% of the global population is expected to have access to mobile connectivity by 2023. According to Cisco Systems, the global mobile subscribers are expected to increase from 5.1 billion (or 66% of the population) in 2018 to 5.7 billion (or 71% of the population) by 2023. With the advent of 5G, the demand for data centers is expected to increase over the forecast period. By 2023, 5G devices and connections are expected to reach 10% of the global mobile device and connections.
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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Register the Significant Growth Rate

  • The constant advancements in communication technologies are the primary drivers of optical switches market growth in the Asia-Pacific. The region telecom network operators have installed fiber in the full range of telecom applications - inter-city, intra-city, FTTx, and mobile cellular systems. Apart from enterprises, the Chinese government authorities also install fiber systems to support the electric power grid, highways, railways, pipelines, airports, data centers, and many other applications, driving the market growth.
  • With the rapid development of AI, 5G, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and the commercial application of these new technologies, the demand for data processing and information interaction is growing, which would speed up the construction of data centers in the country and lead to the explosive growth of the industry. According to Cloud Scene, some of the top markets in data centers include China, Japan, Australia, India, and Singapore.
  • The significant research in the region is further contributing to the market growth rate. In January 2022, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, demonstrated that a 131,072 port optical switch network may attain the world's biggest total optical switch capacity of 125 million Gbps. This is equivalent to the ability to send data from 600,000 or more Blu-ray discs per second.
  • A circular transmission experiment was conducted using the greatest 3232 port optical switch produced by AIST, in which a wideband optical signal was transferred nine times over the same optical switch. In addition, the behavior of crosstalk in the optical switch was statistically investigated, and a comprehensive theory for maximizing the number of optical switch ports was developed. These results meet the optical switch requirements of next-generation data centers and supercomputers, and this technology will contribute to high-capacity, low-latency next-generation information infrastructure.
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Optical Switches Industry Overview

The optical switches market is moderately competitive, owing to many large and small players operating in multiple countries. The market appears to be moderately concentrated, moving towards the fragmented stage. Major players adopt strategies like product innovation and partnerships to expand their reach and stay ahead of the competition. Some of the recent developments in the market are:

  • February 2022 - Fujitsu, a prominent network digital transformation solutions provider, partnered with Ekinops, an optical transport and network access solutions producer. Fujitsu will incorporate Ekinops' next-generation OTN compact modular switches into its Fujitsu 1FINITY open optical networking portfolio, giving service providers even more options and flexibility.

Optical Switches Market Leaders

  1. Broadcom Inc.

  2. Cisco Systems Inc.

  3. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

  4. Fujitsu Ltd

  5. Juniper Networks

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Broadcom Inc.,  Cisco Systems Inc, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.,  Fujitsu Ltd, Nokia Corporation, Juniper Networks, NTT Advanced Technology Corporation
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Optical Switches Market News

  • November 2021-ADVA announced that it would play a significant role in three research projects that will use space division multiplexing (SDM) technology to increase the capacity of optical networks. The efforts, partially financed by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aim to revolutionize optical transport systems by leveraging several parallel transmission routes. The study will look for innovative solutions to deal with the exponential data traffic growth while lowering the cost per bit. The projects will create and demonstrate solutions to allow the next generation of high-performance networks over three years.
  • July 2021 - OT Systems Ltd launched the EC1111-X-MINI series/EC1212-X-MINI series (Mini-Type 10/100Base and 10/100/1000Base Ethernet Media Converters), MR-C12 series (1U 12 Slots Redundant Options Rack), and ET42202XM-S-RP (L2+ 10G Industrial Grade Optical Ethernet Switch with Redundant Power Inputs) products.

Optical Switches Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID -19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Adoption of Digitalization

      2. 5.1.2 Widespread Implementation of 5G and Increase in Demand for Data Centers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 High Costs of Optical Switches


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Electro-optic Switching

      2. 6.1.2 Acoustic-Optic switching

      3. 6.1.3 Mems-based Switching

      4. 6.1.4 Magneto-Optic Switching

      5. 6.1.5 Others

    2. 6.2 End-User Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Government and Defense

      2. 6.2.2 IT and Telecom

      3. 6.2.3 BFSI

      4. 6.2.4 Manufacturing

      5. 6.2.5 Others

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle-East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Broadcom Inc.

      2. 7.1.2 Cisco Systems Inc

      3. 7.1.3 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

      4. 7.1.4 Fujitsu Ltd

      5. 7.1.5 Nokia Corporation

      6. 7.1.6 Juniper Networks

      7. 7.1.7 NTT Advanced Technology Corporation

      8. 7.1.8 Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd.

      9. 7.1.9 Keysight Technologies Inc.

      10. 7.1.10 Agiltron Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Optical Switches Industry Segmentation

The market for Global Optical Switches is segmented by Type (Electro-optic switching, Acoustic-optic switching, MEMS-based switching, Magneto-optic switching), By End-user Industry (Government and Defense, IT and Telecom, BFSI, Manufacturing), and Geography.

By Type
Electro-optic Switching
Acoustic-Optic switching
Mems-based Switching
Magneto-Optic Switching
End-User Industry
Government and Defense
IT and Telecom
North America
Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
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Optical Switches Market Research FAQs

The Global Optical Switches Market is projected to register a CAGR of 11.58% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Broadcom Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd and Juniper Networks are the major companies operating in the Global Optical Switches Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Global Optical Switches Market.

The report covers the Global Optical Switches Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Optical Switches Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Optical Switches Industry Report

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Optical Switches Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)