Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market is Segmented by Geography (Trans-pacific, Trans-Atlantic, US-Latin America, Intra Asia, Europe-Asia, and Europe-Sub-Saharan Africa). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value in USD billion for all the above segments.


Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Size

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 12.10 %

Major Players

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Analysis

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market size was valued at USD 3.31 billion in 2022, and is expected to reach USD 6.42 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 12.10% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

  • Growing investment in high-speed internet infrastructure is driving the growth of the submarine optical fiber cable market. The continuous increase in the generation and transfer of vast amounts of data worldwide is one of the primary drivers of the market. Hence, many internet backbone operators may invest in the submarine optical fiber cable market over the forecast period.
  • Submarine cable systems carry over 99% of intercontinental communication traffic, making them the invisible enabler of global connectivity. The regional telecom industry is advancing at a higher rate worldwide, led by countries like China and India. However, internet infrastructure is still a significant issue in many parts of the world.
  • As more and more people in developing areas of the world already have access to the internet, the next step in strengthening the cable network may be in emerging markets worldwide. Hence, many companies, including government agencies, see the submarine optical fiber cable market as an opportunity.
  • The rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration significantly contributes to the market's growth. The global demand for smartphones has been increasing due to several factors, like increasing disposable income, the advent of 5G, and the development of telecom infrastructure. For instance, according to Ericsson, the number of smartphone subscriptions worldwide amounted to 6,259 million in 2021, and the number is expected to reach 7,690 million in 2027.
  • Although submarine cables are covered in silicon gel and wrapped in multiple layers of steep wires, plastic, copper sheathing, nylon yarn, and polyethylene insulator to protect these optical fibers from damage, periodic maintenance is still necessary to ensure their safety and longevity, which is expensive. The high installation and maintenance costs are expected to challenge the market's growth.
  • The outbreak of COVID-19 increased data usage, significantly driving the demand for submarine optic fiber cable networks. The pandemic has also significantly changed the consumption patterns of wider populations open to new technologies. This is expected to drive investments in the subsea cable network in the post-COVID period.

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Industry Segmentation

A submarine optical fiber cable is a cable laid beneath the sea on the seabed. These cables carry telegraphy traffic at the initial stages of application. However, with technological advancements, the next generation of these cables carry telephone and data communication traffic. Currently, cables use optical fiber technology to carry digital data, viz., the internet, private data traffic, and telephones.

The submarine optical fiber cable market is segmented by geography (Trans-pacific, Trans-Atlantic, US-Latin America, Intra Asia, Europe-Asia, and Europe-Sub-Saharan Africa). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value in USD billion for all the above segments.

By Geography
US-Latin America
Europe-Sub-Saharan Africa

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Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Trends

Growing Smartphone Penetration and Increasing Demand for Internet Bandwidth Drive the Market

  • The smartphone industry has witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years. The growing acceptance and prevalence of digital technologies, along with the mobile-first approach of companies, are among the major factors driving smartphone adoption. According to Ericsson, the global number of smartphone subscribers is expected to reach 7,790 million in 2028, from 6,260 million in 2021.
  • In a business environment such as e-commerce, as the business grows, the traffic or number of people trying to access the website at once increases as well, driving the amount of bandwidth required to accommodate this load. All these combined factors are expected to drive the market’s growth during the forecast period.
  • Although the smartphone industry is approaching maturity in developed countries, emerging regions still offer huge growth opportunities. For instance, according to Ericsson, Northeast Asia was the leading region in terms of the number of smartphone subscribers (1,990 million in 2022), followed by China (1,570 million) and Southeast Asia & Oceania (910 million).
  • All these factors positively contribute to the growth of the market studied, as a higher smartphone subscription positively impacts internet consumption and the amount of data being generated, driving the demand for data centers and other digital infrastructures wherein high bandwidth connectivity is a crucial requirement.
  • Increased bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and faster connectivity are expanding civilizations, revolutionizing industries, and radically improving day-to-day experiences. E-health, networked vehicles and traffic systems, and advanced mobile cloud gaming were formerly considered futuristic.
  • Bandwidth demands typically grow significantly every year. These growth trends are more likely for networks that rely on services involving heavy workloads, such as streaming video services. As streaming video services have a growing number of 4K video content, gaming platforms are moving toward delivering new games first by download. Now, services such as Google Stadia are poised to deliver games as a streaming service. Hence, there is a constant trend toward higher bandwidth services.
Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market: Smartphone Subscription, in Million, by Region, Global, 2022

Trans-Pacific Region is Expected to Lead the Market

  • Submarine cables carry over 97% of all internet traffic worldwide, and nearly everyone uses the internet for daily tasks. Due to the internet’s ability to connect people worldwide, international traffic is growing daily. Asia-Pacific accounts for about half of all internet traffic worldwide, which is increasing the demand for submarine communication cables. The lack of submarine communication cable systems in the countries is causing the need for faster internet services in the Trans-pacific region, which has prompted the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank to fund new cable systems.
  • In March 2021, Google, Facebook, and Pacific Light Data Communication (PLDC) submitted a revised proposal to connect North America and Asia via six new transoceanic cables. According to Facebook, the new cables will increase subsea capacity in the trans-pacific by about 70% while providing internet connection to locations lacking connectivity.
  • In December 2021, the United States, Australia, and Japan jointly funded the construction of an undersea cable intending to boost internet access in three tiny Pacific countries. The development of the cable will provide faster internet to Nauru, Kiribati, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • In February 2022, as per the recommendations of Team Telecom, the FCC approved Submarine Cable Landing License for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) system. PLCN connections from the United States to Taiwan and the Philippines are now in service commercially. Team Telecom entered the National Security Agreements with Google LLC and its subsidiary G.U. Holdings Inc. Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly Facebook Inc.) and subsidiary Edge Cable Holdings USA LLC protect data on the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) system. This undersea fiber optic cable system will connect the United States, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Consequently, Team Telecom has FCC grant Google and Meta cable landing licenses for the PLCN system.
  • In July 2022, NTT Ltd Japan Corporation, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., PC Landing Corp., and JA Mitsui Leasing Ltd announced the launch of a new company, Seren Juno Network Co. Ltd (Seren), which was founded to construct and operate JUNO, the new and largest Trans-Pacific submarine cable system that will run between Japan and the United States.
  • In August 2022, N.E.C. Corporation announced that Seren Juno Network had selected the company to build a Trans-Pacific subsea fiber-optic cable, JUNO Cable System, connecting California in the United States. with Chiba prefecture and Mie prefecture in Japan. The cable will span over 10,000 km and is expected to complete by the end of 2024.
Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market: Number of Internet Users, in millions, Worldwide, 2012 - 2022

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Industry Overview

The submarine optical fiber cable market is highly fragmented, with the presence of major players like Google LLC (Alphabet Inc.), NEC Corporation, Nexans SA, Fujitsu Ltd, and NTT Communications and Corporation. Players in the market are adopting strategies such as partnerships, mergers, innovations, and acquisitions to enhance their product offerings and gain sustainable competitive advantage.

  • November 2022 - Prysmian signed a EUR 220 million (USD 234.50 million) limited notice to proceed with Samsung C&T as part of its EPC consortium with Jan De Nul for the project, which is said to be the Middle East's first-of-its-kind high-voltage, direct current (HVDC-VSC) subsea power transmission system. The company will design, supply, assemble, and test a symmetrical monopole system made up of four HVDC 320 kV single-core cables with XLPE insulation, as well as fiber optic cable systems, to connect the Al Mirfaonshore converter station to the Al Ghallanartificial island in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
  • October 2022 - NEC Corporation signed a four-year charter agreement with Global Marine Systems Limited in the United Kingdom for an optical submarine cable-laying ship. Through this contract, NEC will strengthen its submarine cable system provision and respond to the growing demand for submarine cables as global data traffic increases.

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Leaders

  1. Google LLC (Alphabet Inc.)

  2. NEC Corporation

  3. Nexans SA

  4. Fujitsu Ltd

  5. NTT Communications Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Concentration

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market News

  • November 2022 - The Greek power grid operator IPTO (Independent Power Transmission Operator) gave over EUR 150 million (USD 159.89 million) contracts to Prysmian Company to connect the Milos, Folegandros, and Santorini islands. This connection is a component of Phase D of the electrical interconnection of the Cyclades, which completes a complex project to integrate the energy of the islands (Serifos, Milos, Folegandros, and Santorini) with the Greek mainland power grid. The whole project consists of two undersea power links: the first will go through Serifosto connect Lavrio, a city on the Greek peninsula near Athens, with the island of Milos, while the second link, granted to Prysmian, will run through Folegandrosto connect Milos to Santorini.
  • September 2022 - Google launched its USD 1 billion Equiano cable, connecting Western Europe to South Africa, after it arrived in Cape Town last month. The submarine Internet cable is Africa's highest capacity cable, stretching 15,000 km from Portugal to South Africa and featuring 12 fiber pairs and a design capacity of 150 Tbps. According to Submarine Networks, the cable has nine branching points and was first announced two years ago. It is one of Google's most extensive submarine internet cables.
  • August 2022 - Google announced its plans to connect Blue Raman fiber-optic cable from India to Europe via the Middle East and strengthen the tech giant's current network. The underwater cable project was expected to reach Israel by 2022 with an estimated cost of USD 400 million. It is named after Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman.

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Smartphone Penetration and Increasing Demand for Internet Bandwidth

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Fiber Connectivity in Emerging Regions

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Higher Maintenance Costs and Growing Investment in Satellite Communication


    1. 6.1 By Geography

      1. 6.1.1 Trans-Pacific

      2. 6.1.2 Trans-Atlantic

      3. 6.1.3 US-Latin America

      4. 6.1.4 Intra-Asia

      5. 6.1.5 Europe-Asia

      6. 6.1.6 Europe-Sub-Saharan Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Google LLC (Alphabet inc.)

      2. 7.1.2 NEC Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 Nexans SA

      4. 7.1.4 Fujitsu Ltd

      5. 7.1.5 NTT Communications Corporations

      6. 7.1.6 Huwaei Marine Networks Co.

      7. 7.1.7 PT Communication Cable System Indonesia TBK

      8. 7.1.8 LS Cable & System Ltd

      9. 7.1.9 Alcatel Submarine Networks Ltd

      10. 7.1.10 SubCom LLC

      11. 7.1.11 Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd

      12. 7.1.12 Prysmian SpA

      13. 7.1.13 JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market Research FAQs

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market is growing at a CAGR of 12.10% over the next 5 years.

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market is expected to reach USD 5.64 Billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 12.10% to reach USD 6.42 Billion by 2028.

Google LLC (Alphabet Inc.), NEC Corporation, Nexans SA, Fujitsu Ltd, NTT Communications Corporation are the major companies operating in Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market.

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Industry Report

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