Optical Waveguide Market Size, Share, Growth Report 2030

Optical Waveguide Market

Optical Waveguide Market By Type (Planar Waveguide and Channel Waveguide), By Material (Glass, Polymer, and Semiconductor), By Propagation (Single Mode and Multi Mode), By Refractive Index (Step Index and Graded Index), By Interconnect Level (Metro and Long-haul Optical Interconnect, Board-to-board & Rack-level Optical Interconnect, and Chip & Board-level Optical Interconnect), By Industry Vertical (Telecommunication, Data Center & High Performance Computing, Medical, Metrology, Aerospace & Defense, Consumer Electronics, Industrial, and Others) and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, and Forecasts 2023 – 2030

Category: Semiconductor & Electronics Report Format : PDF Pages: 219 Report Code: ZMR-1819 Published Date: May-2023 Status : Published
Market Size in 2022 Market Forecast in 2030 CAGR (in %) Base Year
USD 6.5 Billion USD 11.6 Billion 7.5% 2022

Industry Prospective:

The global optical waveguide market size was worth around USD 6.5 Billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 11.6 Billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 7.5% between 2023 and 2030.

The report analyzes the global optical waveguide market’s drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the optical waveguide industry.

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Optical Waveguide Market: Overview

A waveguide is a device or material that can be used to direct waves along a predetermined route. Waveguides assist wave propagation from a source to another designated location while minimizing wave intensity loss. The wave is limited to a fixed dimensional route during this process, thereby preventing propagation in all directions. Waveguides are crucial components in much modern technology. They are used in the fiberoptic cables which deliver broadband internet, guide the microwaves within microwave ovens, and are also used in the complex scientific equipment found in the physical sciences and medicine.

Waveguides are not a single type of technology. There are many different wave types, e.g. optical, sonic or electromagnetic, which can be guided, and each type requires a completely different waveguide structure. Optical waveguides are among the most sophisticated waveguides available, and they are used to guide electromagnetic waves in the optical spectrum.

The most widely used optical waveguides are optical fibers, which are a frequent method of transmitting high-speed broadband. There are numerous types of optical waveguides. 2D dimensional waveguides such as strip and rectangle waveguides are prevalent, as are dielectric waveguides such as slab and planar waveguides. Regardless of geometry, optical waveguides direct light through a sequence of internal reflections. This can be accomplished by leveraging the refractive index of the surrounding materials, a sandwich material with a substantially higher dielectric index than the surrounding layers, or the photorefractive index of transparent materials.

Key Insights

  • As per the analysis shared by our research analyst, the global optical waveguide market is estimated to grow annually at a CAGR of around 7.5% over the forecast period (2023-2030).
  • In terms of revenue, the global optical waveguide market size was valued at around USD 6.5 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 11.6 billion, by 2030.
  • The growing application of optical waveguides in the aerospace & defense industry is expected to drive optical waveguide market growth over the forecast period.
  • Based on the type, the planar waveguide is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period.
  • Based on the material, the semiconductor segment is expected to capture the largest market share during the forecast period.
  • Based on the propagation, the single mode segment is expected to capture the largest market share during the forecast period.
  • Based on region, North America is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

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Optical Waveguide Market: Growth Drivers

Increasing demand for higher bandwidth drives the market growth

The market for optical waveguides will expand as demand for higher bandwidth and faster speeds increases. Because more people and businesses are using the internet for video calls, gaming, online shopping, and social media, there is an increase in demand for high bandwidth. To improve and speed up internet connections that can handle more bandwidth, fiber optic cable transmits data using light rather than electricity. For instance, 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV requires three times as much data as standard HD TV or about 15–18 Mbps. It is predicted that 62% of connected flat panel TVs will be 4K by 2022.

This emphasis is on rising bandwidth demands and rising video consumption. Thus, increasing demand for higher bandwidth is expected to drive global optical waveguide market growth over the forecast period.  

Optical Waveguide Market: Restraints

Complex design and fabrication process is expected to hamper the market

The complex design and fabrication process is the primary barrier to the expansion of the optical waveguide market. Optical waveguides demand skill in physics and engineering since they are built to meet specific specifications and rely mostly on a specific set of waveguide transmission protocols. Furthermore, optical waveguides are fragile, costly, and prone to transmission losses. Thus, this factor limits the market expansion.

Optical Waveguide Market: Opportunities

The growing consumer electronics industry provides a lucrative opportunity

The growing consumer electronics industry particularly in the developing nations including India, China, and others is expected to provide a lucrative opportunity for optical waveguide industry expansion over the forecast period. For instance, according to the second volume of the Vision document on Electronics Manufacturing in India, which was published by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the electronics manufacturing industry will increase from its current value of US$ 75 billion in 2020–21 to US$ 300 billion in 2025–26.

Mobile phones, IT hardware (laptops, tablets), consumer electronics (TV and audio), industrial electronics, auto electronics, electronic components, LED lighting, strategic electronics, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), wearables and hearables, and telecom equipment are the main products that are anticipated to drive growth in India's electronics manufacturing. From its current level of US$ 30 billion, mobile manufacturing is predicted to reach US$ 100 billion in annual production growth or about 40% of the industry's growth. Thereby, propelling the market growth.

Optical Waveguide Market: Challenges

High cost poses a major challenge for the market growth

The increased installation cost of optical waveguides for data communication areas such as data centers is expected to obstruct optical waveguide market growth. Also, the sluggish introduction of several optical waveguide related technologies is projected to challenge the optical waveguide.

Optical Waveguide Market: Segmentation

The global optical waveguide industry is segmented based on type, material, propagation, refractive index, interconnect level, industry vertical, and region.

Based on the type, the global market is bifurcated into planar waveguides and channel waveguides. The planar waveguide is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period. Planar waveguide sensors can detect and process information from the environment in a rapid, cost-effective, and remote manner. Moreover, these type of sensors is utilized in a variety of end-use applications which includes security, metrology, automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, energy, environment, and health. Thus, this is expected to drive the segment growth during the forecast period.

Based on the material, the global optical waveguide industry is bifurcated into glass, polymer, and semiconductor. The semiconductor segment is expected to capture the largest market share during the forecast period. Optical waveguides made of semiconductors are simple to manufacture and have significant design flexibility. High light transfer efficiency, less signal loss, minimal electromagnetic emissions or disturbances, and lower bit error rates are all characteristics of optical waveguides produced utilizing semiconductors. Thus, these properties are expected to drive the segment growth.

Based on the propagation, the market is divided into single mode and multi mode. The single mode propagation segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. Single mode fiber optic transmissions are faster than multimode over long distances because fewer switches or routers are needed mid-span.

Based on the refractive index, the market is divided into step index and graded index.

Based on the interconnect level, the optical waveguide market is divided into metro & long-haul optical interconnect, board-to-board & rack-level optical interconnect, and chip & board-level optical interconnect.

Based on the industry vertical, the market is divided into telecommunication, data center & high performance computing, medical, metrology, aerospace & defense, consumer electronics, industrial and others.

Recent Developments:

  • In January 2023, TCL, a pioneer in display technology and affordable, premium smart experiences, launched TCL RayNeo X2 augmented reality (AR) smart glasses at CES 2023. The revolutionary glasses harness pioneering binocular full-color Micro-LED optical waveguide displays alongside an array of new interactive features to create unparalleled AR experiences for users.
  • In December 2022, Lumenisity® Limited, a pioneer in next-generation hollow core fiber (HCF) technology, has been acquired by Microsoft. Global, enterprise, and large-scale businesses can benefit from rapid, reliable, and secure networking through Lumenisity's ground-breaking and industry-leading HCF product. With the acquisition, Microsoft will be better able to meet the stringent latency and security needs of its Cloud Platform and Services customers while also significantly optimizing its global cloud infrastructure. A wide range of businesses, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail, and government, can profit from the technology.
  • In April 2022, Corning Incorporated announced the acquisition of Saint-Gobain's Shielding and Optics business unit, which includes the Saint-Gobain Sovis radiation shielding and optics company in Jouarre, France, and Hot Cell Services in Kent, Washington, United States. This acquisition broadens Corning's present radiation shielding business, creates new market prospects, and allows the company to manufacture and supply solutions for nuclear power, medical shielding, and optical components.

Optical Waveguide Market: Report Scope

Report Attributes Report Details
Report Name Optical Waveguide Market Research Report
Market Size in 2022 USD 6.5 Billion
Market Forecast in 2030 USD 11.6 Billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 7.5%
Number of Pages 219
Key Companies Covered Waveguide Optical Technologies, Wave Optics Ltd, LUMUS, Optinvent, HFCL, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., OFS Fitel, LLC, Corning Incorporated, MicroVacuum Ltd., SAB Bröckskes GmbH & Co. KG, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., WOORIRO, INGUN, Fujikura Ltd., STL Tech, AFL, Digilens, Commscope, Cognifiber.com, Synopsys, Inc., and Waveguide Communications, Inc. among others.
Segments Covered By Type, By Material, By Propagation, By Refractive Index, By Interconnect Level, By Industry Vertical, And By Region
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, Middle East, and Africa (MEA)
Base Year 2022
Historical Year 2017 to 2021
Forecast Year 2023 - 2030
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Optical Waveguide Market: Regional Analysis

North America is expected to capture the largest revenue share during the forecast period

North America is expected to dominate the global optical waveguide market during the forecast period. The regional growth is attributed to the nation's recent rapid expansion of fiber optic infrastructure. For instance, the results of the Fiber Broadband Association's 2022 Fiber Provider Survey indicate that US fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments will likely break all previous records in years to come. FTTH networks passed 7.9 million more homes in the US in 2022, despite supply-chain and labor issues, according to the data.

The group claims that large government funding initiatives, like BEAD, RDOF, and ReConnect, among others, which are starting to have a direct impact, are accountable for the increase in FTTH deployments. For instance, the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program allocates USD 42.45 billion to increase high-speed internet access by funding infrastructure deployment, adoption, and planning programs in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Moreover, the increasing investment for high-speed internet in the country like the US is expected to fuel the growth of the market over the forecast period. For instance, in July 2022, the USDA invested around USD 401 million to provide access to high-speed internet for 31,000 rural residents and businesses in 11 states. Thus, these facts support the market expansion in the North American region.

The Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The regional growth is attributed to the growing consumer electronics industry along with increasing government initiatives and the rapid penetration of the internet in the region. For instance, the present Indian government has set out to develop the nation into a worldwide manufacturing hub under the larger concept of "Make in India" and the National Policy on Electronics 2019 (NPE 2019), with electronics manufacturing being one of the key objectives. There is a drive in policy to expand mobile phone manufacturing and assembly operations in the nation because mobile phones are currently among the most significant electronic products. A 1 billion mobile phone production target, including 600 million devices for exports, is anticipated under the NPE 2019 by 2025.

Optical Waveguide Market: Competitive Analysis

The global optical waveguide market is dominated by players like:

  • Waveguide Optical Technologies
  • Wave Optics Ltd
  • LUMUS
  • Optinvent
  • HFCL
  • Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.
  • OFS Fitel LLC
  • Corning Incorporated
  • MicroVacuum Ltd.
  • SAB Bröckskes GmbH & Co. KG
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.
  • WOORIRO
  • INGUN
  • Fujikura Ltd.
  • STL Tech
  • AFL
  • Digilens
  • Commscope
  • Cognifiber.com
  • Synopsys Inc.
  • and Waveguide Communications
  • Among Others.

The global optical waveguide market is segmented as follows:

By Type

  • Planar Waveguide
  • Channel Waveguide

By Material

  • Glass
  • Polymer
  • Semiconductor

By Propagation

  • Single Mode
  • Multi Mode

By Refractive Index

  • Step Index
  • Graded Index

By Interconnect Level

  • Metro and Long-haul Optical Interconnect
  • Board-to-board and Rack-level Optical Interconnect
  • Chip and Board-level Optical Interconnect

By Industry Vertical

  • Telecommunication
  • Data Center & High Performance Computing
  • Medical
  • Metrology
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Industrial
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France 
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

 

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FrequentlyAsked Questions

Several devices of the optical integrated circuits are interconnected with the help of the optical waveguide. In the waveguide, the optical wave travels in different modes of optical which helps in resolving the congestion of the data traffic and that too with low consumption of power. Data centers have a significant amount of data that can be handled by the optical waveguide.

The major factors that are driving the market for the optical waveguide are the increasing usage of electronic devices, the increased rate of data traffic along with the huge amount of data that is being generated by the data centers, and the high-speed cloud computing techniques are positively enhancing the growth of the market. The high demand for bandwidth, the increased usage of the internet, and the low consumption of power are other factors that will contribute to the growth of the market in the coming years.

According to the report, the global optical waveguide market size was worth around USD 6.5 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 11.6 billion by 2030.

The global optical waveguide market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period.

The global optical waveguide market growth is expected to be driven by North America. It is currently the world’s highest revenue-generating market owing to the increasing number of internet-enabled devices and the growing government support for high-speed internet infrastructure.

The global optical waveguide market is dominated by players like Waveguide Optical Technologies, Wave Optics Ltd, LUMUS, Optinvent, HFCL, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., OFS Fitel, LLC, Corning Incorporated, MicroVacuum Ltd., SAB Bröckskes GmbH & Co. KG, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., WOORIRO, INGUN, Fujikura Ltd., STL Tech, AFL, Digilens, Commscope, Cognifiber.com, Synopsys, Inc., and Waveguide Communications, Inc. among others.

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