ROADM Components

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ROADM Components - 2010 Edition

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ROADMs are systems that allow the very flexible, remote selection of wavelengths transiting a given intermediate node on a fiber network for dropping and/or adding. They allow access to any of the wavelengths going through a node (or, in more limited ROADM implementations, access to a set of the transiting wavelengths) for use of the data on the chosen wavelength and the possibility of adding to, or modifying, the data on that wavelength for transmitting it on to the next node(s). They also allow the interconnection of multiple intersecting networks (multiple degree nodes) at the optical level, avoiding the expense and complexity of OEO conversions to achieve the interconnection. The device offers the promise of substantial savings in operations costs, and many operational benefits.

Now in mid-2010, the ROADM has 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.

This report provides:

  • 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.

In the eight or so years 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.

This report is being issued as many of our carriers are either in the process of planning or of beginning massive upgrades to their networks. This report will be an indispensable guide to all who are, or want to be, involved in the markets resulting from these upgrades. System vendors, component vendors, carriers, investors, and others will all gain from the clear, extensively illustrated text in this report.

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.

There are many applications for the ROADM. The applications of various-degree nodes ("two-degree nodes," for example, have two fiber routes, three-degree have three, etc.) that are common in the network are depicted. As will be noted, some of these applications will have particular use in merging the long-haul networks of the IXCs and the metro networks of the RBOCs. The new application in this report is the Network Edge.

The main market driver for ROADMs is the desire by the carriers to save operating expenses. The new video thrusts by the major combined RBOCs are 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.

Table of Contents:

Table of Contents

Table of Figures

The Lightwave Network Series of Reports

The Lightwave Network

The Lightwave Series of Reports

General Reports on the Network

General Market Reports

Specific Systems Reports

Executive Summary


This Report

Achieving SONET-like Control in Optical Networks

Technologies for ROADMs

Switches and Blocker


Approaches to MEMS

Digital Approach

Analog Approach

One Dimension MEMS

Grating Light Valve (GLV)

Planar Lightwave Circuits

Liquid Crystal

LQ Uses

Fiber Bragg Grating


AWG Devices

Etched Waveguide Devices (Planar Waveguide Devices)

Tunable Lasers

Monitor Points

Technology Summary

Summary of Features by Clas

Importance of Tunable Lasers

Developers and Vendors of Tunable Lasers

Market Forecast

Forecast Methodology

Model for Forecast Core and Metro ROADMs

Assumptions of Model

Model for Forecast — Edge ROADMs

Forecast UpdateBackground for these forecasts

General Economic Background 

Telecom Economic Background 

Possible Positives for Telecom in 2010 

Forecast 2010 


Systems — US Forecast 


Systems — World Forecast 

World System Forecast 

World Edge Systems Forecast 


Assumptions for Component Forecasts 

Pricing for Components 

Components — US Forecast 

Blocker US Market Forecast 

Mux/Demux US Market Forecast 

Tunable Laser US Market Forecast 

Tunable Filters US Market Forecast 

Switch Points US Forecast 

Monitor Points US Market Forecast 

WSS Units US Market 

Total Components US Market Forecast 

Components — Global Forecast 

Blockers Global Market Forecast 

Mux/Demux Global Market Forecast 

Tunable Laser Global Market Forecast 

Tunable Filter Global Market Forecast 

Switch Points Global Market Forecast 

Monitor Points Global Forecast 

WSS Units World Market 

Components Total Global Forecast 

ROADM Components Vendors 

Major Contracts 

Component/Subassembly Vendors 

Component/Subassembly 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) 




JDS Uniphase 



Pirelli Broadband Systems 


Appendix III — Listing of Acronyms 

Table of Figures:

Figure 1: Lightwave Network 

Figure 2: Components in the Report 

Figure 3: Detailed PLC ROADMs 

Figure 4: Detailed Blocker ROADM 

Figure 5: MEMS Layout 

Figure 6: Sketch of Two Dimensional MEMS 

Figure 7: Sketch of Multi-Dimensional MEMS 

Figure 8: 1D MEMS 

Figure 9: Sketch of Liquid Crystal Technology 

Figure 10: Planar Waveguide Demux 

Figure 11: Technologies' Summary 

Figure 12: Table of Switch Classes — Summary of Features 

Figure 13: Example of Use of Tunable Laser in Transparent OXC 

Figure 14: ROADM System Unit Forecast — US 

Figure 15: US Market — Change in Predominant Type of ROADM
over Time 

Figure 16: US Edge ROADMs Systems 

Figure 17: US ROADM as a Percent of Global Usage 

Figure 18: ROADM Systems — Global 

Figure 19: World Market — Change in Predominant Type of ROADM
over Time 

Figure 20: US Portion of World Edge ROADM Market 

Figure 21: World Systems — Edge ROADMs 

Figure 22: US Systems by Type 

Figure 23: PLC Version of the ROADM 

Figure 24: Broadcast/Blocker Version of the ROADM 

Figure 25: WSS Typical for Component Count 

Figure 26: Component Count for Each Type of ROADM 

Figure 27: Component Price Table 

Figure 28: Components — US Units 

Figure 29: Blocker US Market Forecast 

Figure 30: Mux/Demux US Market Forecast 

Figure 31: Tunable Laser US Market Forecast 

Figure 32: Tunable Filters US Market Forecast 

Figure 33: Switch Points US Market Forecast 

Figure 34: US Market — LC Switch Points 

Figure 35: US Market — MEMS Switch Points 

Figure 36: Monitor Points US Market 

Figure 37: US Market — WSS Units 

Figure 38: Total Components US Market Forecast 

Figure 39: Components Units Global Forecast 

Figure 40: Blocker Global Market Forecast 

Figure 41: Mux/Demux Market Forecast 

Figure 42: Tunable Laser Global Forecast 

Figure 43: Tunable Filters Global Market Forecast 

Figure 44: Switch Points Global Market Forecast 

Figure 45: World LC Switch Point Market 

Figure 46: World MEMS Switch Point Market 

Figure 47: Monitor Points Global Forecast 

Figure 48: World WSS Units Market 

Figure 49: Components Total Global Forecast 

Figure 50: U-Verse: FiOS ROADM Vendors 

Figure 51: Summary Table — Sub-system Vendors 



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