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

The Optical Encryption Market is Segmented by Encryption Layer ( Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3), Data Rate ( Less than 10 G, 10 G to 40 G, 40 G to 100 G, and More than 100 G), End-user Vertical (Datacenter and Cloud, BFSI, Government and Defence, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities, Retail and E-commerce, and Other End-user Verticals), and Geography.

Optical Encryption Market Size

Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 8.10 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Optical Encryption Market

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Optical Encryption Market Analysis

The optical encryption market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.1%, during the forecast period (2021-2026).

  • Owing to the growth of internet devices and the volume of data generated over the course of years, data security has become not just a single feature but rather an increasingly important set of technologies to safeguard the data that is sent across both private and public networks.
  • The effective security of the network relies on multiple layers of defense and not just at the core and edge of the network, but also along the network path, while most the organizations focus much of their security at user and application end, which is essential to protect the in-flight data as it travels across the network.
  • Although traditional in-flight data encryption solutions have been around for a while, they suffered a number of challenges to cope with current network infrastructures, such as increased latency, delay in management, and hardware compatibility, thereby, adding up to the complexity in maintaining the network.
  • Also, the increase of in-flight data to be carried at longer distances across waves, including 10 G, 40 G, and 100 G, among others, has initiated the adoption of optical encryption to protect high-capacity that is be traveled across countries. For instance, in January 2020, BGN Technology, a transfer company of the Ben-Gurion University of Negev, introduced all-optical stealth encryption technology that claimed to be significantly more secure and private for the network transmission of the data center and cloud computing. The solution is said to employ the phase mask that enables it to change the phase of each wavelength.
  • Furthermore, the industry-wide adoption of cloud computing application for hosting, processing, and data storage led to an increase in the frequency of sensitive data transferred across the network, which added costs associated with data loss. Increase of data breaches fosters the growth of the market. For instance, 2019 accounted for some of the breaches from major players in various industries, including Zynga, Facebook, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Capital One Financial Corporation, and it reported as much as a leak of 218 million data records.
  • Additionally, Industry 4.0 initiatives, such as smart city intiatioas and IoT adoption, and the increasing dependency of organizations, including data center and miltary on the internet network, and the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks are on the rise, which further elevates the growth the market.

Optical Encryption Market Trends

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

Layer 1 Encryption is Expected to Witness High Growth

  • The fiber optic communication infrastructure was considered to be highly secured than traditional copper infrastructure, as it did not radiate and allowed more resilient tapping. However, the recent trend of cyber-attacks over the years has shown that even fiber optics cables are vulnerable for the attackers to tap in.
  • To counter such attacks, organizations, including financial, government institutions, service providers, and data centers, have shown particular interest in increasing the security of data over OTN links. Additionally, few industries have made instances, such as confidentially, authentication, and integrity of data mandatory.
  • The encryption of data at Layer 1 with Optical Transport Network ( OTN) provides the network operators the option to secure traffic in OTN efficiently and flexibly, without it affecting the service performance.
  • Securing the optical layer with OTN encryption helps companies deliver maximum deployment, which can be rolled into other existing L1 transport network and service models, and provide the means to support new network architectures and revenue-generating services.
  • Furthermore, encrypting traffic at the OTN layer enables scalability and flexibility to offer the G.709 standard, i.e., encryption from 1.25 Gb/s to 100 Gb/s, and after multiplexing, it allows 100 G OTN signals. This allows the network providers to offer bulk encryption service models, such as pay-as-you-grow services. Additionally, it helps the end users to start small and grow their lines as per the needs, thereby, minimizing the barrier of adoption of the market and fostering the growth of the market.

Asia-Pacific is Estimated to Grow the Fastest Among all Regions

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold a prominent share of the market, owing to the extent of networks, such as 5G, telecom, consumer electronics, data centers, and smart city initiatives in China, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and other developing countries in the region.
  • Despite the recent outbreak of COVID-19, China has maintained its position as a 5G wireless network leader, as it has installed 160,000 5G stations spread across more than 50 cities, as telecom vendors aim to expand their standalone 5G coverage and capacity. Both the 5G networks and Big Data center installments remain the core elements of the country's digital infrastructure.
  • Also, emerging countries in the region, such as India, are leveraging their IT industries to install public cloud-based data centers. As India is home for large private-sector employers, it has widely adopted data centers to meet the requirements for faster and secure transfer of data, which propels the market growth.

Optical Encryption Industry Overview

The market is moderately fragmented due to the presence of players, like Nokia Corporation, Juniper Networks Inc., and Cisco Sytems Inc., which play a vital role in upscaling the security of enterprises, leading the orientation of the market to a highly competitive environment.

  • April 2020 - Ciena Corporation announced that Tasmanian Network Pty Limited selected Ciena's coherent optical solution to address the rising bandwidth needs from the IoT, data center, and 5G services, to serve its end users across the states with mission-critical tasks. The company's Wavelogic Ai coherent optical solution is said to provide TasNetwork with 42-24 enhanced capacity and efficiency in the network.
  • May 2019 - ADVA announced that Colt Technology Services selected the company to deploy ADVA FSP 150 with ConnectGuard security technology, in order to provide it the Ethernet Line Encryption service. The solution provides end-to-end data protection for low-latency and high-speed performance of up to 10 Gbit/s and enables enterprises with sensitive data against security threats.

Optical Encryption Market Leaders

  1. Nokia Corporation

  2. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

  3. Broadcom Inc.

  4. Cisco System Inc.

  5. Ciena Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Optical Encryption Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Encryption

      1. 5.1.1 Layer1

      2. 5.1.2 Layer 2

      3. 5.1.3 Layer 3

    2. 5.2 Data Rate

      1. 5.2.1 Less 10 G

      2. 5.2.2 10 G-40 G

      3. 5.2.3 40 G-100 G

      4. 5.2.4 Greater than 10 G

    3. 5.3 End-user Vertical

      1. 5.3.1 Datacenter and Cloud

      2. 5.3.2 BFSI

      3. 5.3.3 Government and Defence

      4. 5.3.4 Healthcare

      5. 5.3.5 Energy and Utilities

      6. 5.3.6 Retail and E-commerce

      7. 5.3.7 Other End-user Verticals

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Eminates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Nokia Corporation

      2. 6.1.2 Cisco Systems Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

      4. 6.1.4 Broadcom Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Juniper Networks Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Ciena Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 ECI Telecom Ltd

      8. 6.1.8 Microsemi Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 ADVA

      10. 6.1.10 Arista Networks

      11. 6.1.11 Acacia Communications

      12. 6.1.12 Thales E-Security

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
    3. 6.2 Investment Analysis

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Optical Encryption Industry Segmentation

  • The optical encryption refers to the means of securing inflight data present in the transport layer as it travels across the network through optical waves, including 10 G, 40 G, and 100 G, through a fiber-optic cable. This approach helps organizations secure the data irrespective of the application, speed, and protocol.
  • The report covers the emerging trends in the optical encryption market segmented by encryption, data rate, and end-user verticals across different regions studied.
Layer 2
Layer 3
Data Rate
Less 10 G
10 G-40 G
40 G-100 G
Greater than 10 G
End-user Vertical
Datacenter and Cloud
Government and Defence
Energy and Utilities
Retail and E-commerce
Other End-user Verticals
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Eminates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Optical Encryption Market Research FAQs

The Optical Encryption Market is projected to register a CAGR of 8.10% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Nokia Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, Broadcom Inc., Cisco System Inc. and Ciena Corporation are the major companies operating in the Optical Encryption 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 Optical Encryption Market.

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

Optical Encryption Industry Report

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