Dark Fiber Market is Expected to Reach USD 13.0 Billion With CAGR of 11.0% By Forecast 2030 Says Emergen Research

Rising demand for 5G network is a significant factor driving global dark fiber market revenue growth

According to the most recent analysis by Emergen Research, the size of the worldwide dark fibre market is anticipated to reach USD 13.0 billion in 2030, growing at a constant revenue CAGR of 11.0%. The technology has emerged as a long-term answer for numerous firms that are concentrating on improved network administration and communication. Over time, as internet services have become more widely used, this has led to a significant demand for internet bandwidth.

The most important element driving global market expansion is this. Companies that heavily rely on internet access are a big supporter of the market. For businesses that operate with a large volume of data flow, these networks are quite helpful. These advantages include decreased network latency, increased security, scalability, and reliability. Dark fibre, also known as unlit fibre, refers to fibre optic cables that have not yet been put into service by a provider or carrier in fibre optic communications (sometimes known as fiber).

These cables are installed with the intention of using them in the future but are not currently linked to any optical equipment. It is also known as a customer- or service-owned new fibre construction project. Network service providers are renting these idle fibre optic lines in the present market environment. Due to the burgeoning telecommunications sector in the late 1990s, significant funding was invested in the construction of these fiber-optic networks. During that time, fibre networks were aggressively installed alongside highways and rail lines (i.e., long-haul network type). Similar to this, 1,000 miles of local or regional networks (also known as metro networks) were constructed throughout major cities and population centres.

Some Key Highlights From the Report:

Driver: Increasing demand for internet bandwidth

The habit of working from home became the new standard and a requirement during COVID-19. The need for highly reliable internet connectivity among corporations, businesses, and enterprises increased as a result. This increased the need for black fibres, which offer high internet capacity. Dark fibre also offers companies customised costs based on wavelengths and strands. In comparison to conventional Internet service provider (ISP) payment ways, it also boasts a wonderful cost structure for users with higher bandwidth requirements.

Restraint: Risky installation

Installations with dark fibre are very dangerous. Poor decisions about the type and number of fibres to install, as well as poor installation techniques, can result in significant waste and costs. Installation of dark fibre is difficult because fibres that are not immediately terminated and tested have unknown quantities until they are used. A dark fibre installation project typically leaves numerous unfinished business, including paperwork problems and the requirement to store leftover fibres. The amount of redundancy is typically influenced by the criticality of the traffic that uses the connection as well.

Opportunity: Need for heavy data handling in manufacturing and logistics sectors

Because of their need on high-speed bandwidth for operations and services, the manufacturing and logistics sectors will profit from dark fibres. Heavy data, such as the quantity of manufactured goods, raw materials received, warehouse bins, etc., must be worked on in this sector. Dark fibres offer a number of advantages, including scalability, which enables a business to quickly access nearly infinite bandwidth during periods of rapid expansion without having to deal with extra monthly costs or service interruptions from the ISP.

On a per mile basis, the cost of dark fibre in the metro area is significantly greater than in the long-haul area. The prices of routes serving more urban areas are significantly more expensive in the metro area than those serving suburban and exurban areas. The increased need for a fibre network in metropolitan areas is to blame for this. On occasion, the oversupply of fibre causes dark fibre network prices to decline in urban areas. Furthermore, it has been shown that dark fibre costs in long-distance routes are more stable than those in metro areas.

Key Players:

AT&T Intellectual Property, Verizon, CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications, GTT Communications, Inc., Comcast Corporation, Colt Technology Services Group Limited, NTT Communications Corporation, Windstream Intellectual Property Services, LLC, and Zayo Group, LLC

Emergen Research has segmented the global dark fiber market on the basis of type, network type, end-use, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2019–2030)

Single-Mode Fiber

Multimode Fiber

Step-Index Multimode Fiber

Graded-Index Multimode Fiber

  • Network Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2019–2030)


Long Haul

  • End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2019–2030)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) & Telecommunications Industry

BFSI Industry

IT Enables Services

Military & Aerospace Industry

Oil & Gas Industry

Healthcare Industry

Railway Industry