Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market is segmented by Geography.

Market Snapshot

Submarine optical fiber cable market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 13.5 %

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Market Overview

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market was valued at USD 12.68 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of over 13.51% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026). Understanding the application of technology is imperative to analyze market dynamics. This study targets presenting a detailed overview of the dynamics of the submarine fiber optic cable market over the forecast period. It focuses on the need to develop strategic insights pertaining to the global- and country-level markets, taking the technology cycles into consideration.

  • The growth of this market is mainly fuelled by increasing the need for internet bandwidth, the rising deployment of cables in the oil & gas industry, rising fiber connectivity in emerging regions, such as Africa and Asia, and increasing smartphone penetration.
  • The rise in the number of private project developers has resulted in a considerable rise in the length of the optical cables being laid. Unserved routes and large capacity demand has led to the confirmation of huge potential deals in the Transatlantic and Transpacific.

Scope of the Report

A submarine optical fiber cable is a cable laid beneath the sea, on the sea bed, or between two different land-based telecommunication stations. These cables carry telegraphy traffic at the initial stages of application. However, with advancements in technology, the next generation of these cables carry telephone and data communication traffic. Now-a-days, cables use optical fiber technology to carry digital data, viz., the internet, private data traffic, and telephones. Submarine optical fiber cables can connect all the continents, except Antarctica.

Southeast Asia
Europe & Mediterranean

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Key Market Trends

Growing Smartphone Penetration and Increasing Demand for Internet Bandwidth

  • With the growing internet usage, the world has witnessed a rapid rise in the demand for fast bandwidth speeds, in turn driving the demand for submarine fiber optic cable systems. It is estimated that more than 40% of the global population uses the internet on a regular basis, compared to 1% in 1995. The number of internet users has grown ten folds over the last 15 years.
  • Using optoelectronic devices, cables are utilized as the primary sensing element for measuring and part processing. The adoption of such a system allows acoustic frequency strain signals to be detected over large distances and in harsh environments, making it a perfect match for the monitoring of submarine optical fiber cable systems.

Southeast Asia to Register a Significant Growth During the Forecast Period

  • The growing interest of operators in Southeast Asia, to obtain the present transpacific connectivity to their shores, coupled with the increasing internet penetration in the region, is driving the demand for submarine fiber optical cables, as indicated by the planned and existing systems.
  • The region is essentially a target for direct investments in the field of communications, which is implied by the investments of major companies, such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Google.

Competitive Landscape

The submarine optical fiber cable market is moderately competitive and consists of a few major players. In terms of market share, some of the players currently dominate the market. However, with the advancement in internet usage, new players are increasing their market presence thereby expanding their business footprint across the emerging economies.

  • November 2019 - Sojitz Corporation, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), NEC Corporation and NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (NESIC) jointly announced today a plan to upgrade communications infrastructure connecting the major cities of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Myanmar, under an official order from Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the country’s largest telecommunications operator.
  • April 2019 - Cable & Wireless Communications, operator of the Flow brand in the Caribbean, continues to delight customers with the addition of a new channel, CuriosityStream enabling anytime, anywhere access to fascinating shows covering the full spectrum of non-fiction programming. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Smartphone Penetration and Increasing Demand for Internet Bandwidth

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Deployment of Cables in the Oil & Gas Industry

      3. 4.2.3 Increasing Fiber Connectivity in Emerging Regions

    3. 4.3 Market Restraint

      1. 4.3.1 Higher Maintenance Costs

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force 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


    1. 5.1 Geography

      1. 5.1.1 Africa

      2. 5.1.2 Transatlantic

      3. 5.1.3 Transpacific

      4. 5.1.4 Southeast Asia

      5. 5.1.5 Europe & Mediterranean


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Fujitsu Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 Ciena Corporatio

      3. 6.1.3 NTT Communications

      4. 6.1.4 Cable & Wireless Communications PLC

      5. 6.1.5 NEC Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Nokia Corp. (Alcatel-Lucent SA)

      7. 6.1.7 Bezeq International

      8. 6.1.8 SubCom, LLC

      9. 6.1.9 Bharti Airtel Limited

      10. 6.1.10 Tata Communications Ltd

      11. 6.1.11 Xtera Communications Ltd

      12. 6.1.12 Infinera Corporation

      13. 6.1.13 Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd

      14. 6.1.14 Huawei Marine Networks Co. Limited

      15. 6.1.15 Global Cloud Xchange

      16. 6.1.16 Pacnet Limited (Telstra)

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market is growing at a CAGR of 13.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Fujitsu Ltd, NTT Communications, NEC Corporation, Ciena Corporation, Cable & Wireless Communications PLC are the major companies operating in Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market.

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