The Edge ROADM Revolution

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The Edge ROADM Revolution

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In the eight years or so of previous ROADM history, we have witnessed a continuum of advancing capabilities and technologies in ROADMs. In the last 2-3 years, several companies have introduced products that are Edge ROADMs (although the name is only beginning to be standardized), with reduced capabilities, and reuse of existing technology on a cost-reduced basis.

Now in mid-2010, ROADMs have become a standard part of long-haul networks — to be included as a matter of course in any new network, and they have become a major update objective for existing networks. They have also become important to metro networks. In addition to the maturity of application, ROADMs have also developed a third-generation technology base — the wavelength selective switch (WSS) — that has quickly become the "gold standard." Now the new application that is driving cost savings is the use of low-cost ROADMs on the edge of the network.

Continuing the trend, carriers are now interested in extending that control capability to the ends of the network. The ever-increasing demand for bandwidth at the ends of the network — mostly exemplified by the overwhelming importance of video — make the extension of network control capabilities inevitable.

This report details where the industry is in beginning the new ROADM revolution, from the “Core to the Edge.” This revolution will bring ROADMs to virtually every central office and headend in the US, and in many parts of the world. The forecasts included detail that expansion.

The main focus for this report is the edge ROADM. There are forecasts (based on an update of our forecast two years ago, which were probably the first available anywhere), application sketches, complete vendor coverage, technology discussions, etc. — all aimed at the edge ROADM. It should be noted that the forecasts recognize the slowdown caused by the 2008-2009 recession. They also forecast a rebound starting in 2010. A number of technologies are involved in the ROADM. The report presents several different architectures, with an emphasis on edge ROADMs and WSSs, but also including the switch version and the broadcast version. Technologies involved in each approach are described. The vendors associated with the various approaches are identified, and market forecasts are developed on a component/subsystem level as well as on a system level.

The main market driver for ROADMs is the desire by carriers to save operating expenses. The new video thrust by the major combined RBOCs is a new driver to ROADM deployment. These companies are in the process of deploying nationwide networks to deliver video on their fiber access local networks. ROADMs are the perfect adaptation to control these video distribution services. In addition, the forecasted increase in wavelength services is going to greatly facilitate the deployment of networks based on ROADMs. Finally, the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth by the end user is mandating that ROADMs penetrate the network from core to end.

Report Features

  • Forecasts out through 2015 for all metrics.

  • Forecasts that fully recognize the impact of the 2008-2009 Recession and the expected recovery.

  • Forecasts that recognize the major role that ROADMs have played and are playing in the deployment and expansion of the major Advanced Access Architecture networks – FiOS and U-verse.

  • A full statement of expected economic recovery beginning in mid-2010.

Table of Contents

Table of Figures

The Lightwave Network Series of Reports

The Lightwave Network

The Lightwave Series of Reports

General Market Reports

Specific Systems Reports

General Reports on the Network

Executive Summary


Network Development

ROADMs Defined

The Path from the Core to the Edge — The Way of the ROADM

Report Organization

Business Case for ROADMs

OpEx Savings

Verizon ROADM Justification

Wavelength Services

IPTV Networks

Edge Applications

Market Drivers Summary

Market Forecast

Model for Forecast Core and Metro ROADMs

Assumptions of Model

Model for Forecast — Edge ROADMs

Forecast Update

Background for these forecasts

General Economic Background

Telecom Economic Background

Possible Positives for Telecom in 2010

ROADM Forecast — Edge



Components Forecast

Total Components US Market Forecast

Components Total Global Forecast

ROADM Technologies and Related Components


Grating Light Valve (GLV)

Planar Lightwave Circuits

Liquid Crystal

Fiber Bragg Grating

Edge ROADM Applications


Cable Companies

Selected ROADM Component and System Suppliers

Edge ROADM Component Vendors

Auxora, Inc.

Avanex (Now part of Oclaro)


Finisar Corporation

JDS Uniphase



Xtellus (Now part of Oclaro)

Edge ROADM System Vendors





General ROADM Component and System Vendors

Component/System Vendor Listing

AC Photonics, Inc.

Active Optical MEMS, Inc.

Aegis Lightwave, Inc.

Agiltron, Inc.

Alliance Fiber Optic Products

ANdevices (Enablenace Technologies)

AOC Technologies

Auxora, Inc.

Avanex Corporation

Avo Photonics

Capella Photonics

Clarendon Photonics

CoAdna Photonics


Corrigent (Owned by Orckit)

Cube Optics AG

DiCon Fiberoptics

DuPont Photonics Technologies

Emit Technology Co. Ltd.

Enablence Technologies

Engana Pty. Ltd. (Optium Corp.) (Now owned by Finisar)

Fibernett Co. Ltd.

Finisar Corporation

Kamelian (Amphotonix Ltd)

Lambda Optical Systems

LightComm Technology

LIGHTCONNECT Inc (NeoPhotonics)

Lightwaves2020 Inc.

Lynx Photonic Networks

Mahi Networks (Meriton — Now known as Xtera)

Metconnex (JDSU)


Network Photonics (Not in operation)

O-Net Communications Ltd.

Oplink Communications, Inc.

Optium Technologies (Finisar owns this Now)


OpTun Inc. (NEoPhotonics)

SDO Communications Corp.

Shenzhen Hi-Optel Technology Co. Ltd.

Silicon Light Machines (Cypress Semiconductor)

Sinclair Manufacturing Company


Stratos International, Inc. (Now owned by Emerson)

TeraXion Inc.

TheFibers Inc.

Valdor Fiber Optics


Tunable Lasers Vendors List


Altitun AB (ADC)

Bookham (New Focus, Inc. — Now part of Newport Family of Companies) 102




JDS Uniphase



Pirelli Broadband Systems


Appendix III — Listing of Acronyms

Table of Figures

Figure 1: Lightwave Network
Figure 2: Forecast of Edge ROADM Systems - US
Figure 3: Forecast for Wavelength Services
Figure 4: Edge ROADM Component Vendors
Figure 5: Edge ROADM System Vendors
Figure 6: Four Generations of ROADMs
Figure 7: US Edge ROADMs Systems
Figure 8: Total Components US Market Forecast
Figure 9: Components Total Global Forecast
Figure 10: Selected Suppliers’ Primary Technologies
Figure 11: ROADMs across the Network
Figure 12: Example of Edge ROADM Application — Telco
Figure 13: Example of Edge ROADM used by Cable Company
Figure 14: Edge ROADM Component Vendors
Figure 15: Edge ROADM System Vendors
Figure 16: Summary Table — Sub-system Vendors

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