Last year, North America was the biggest user of fiber-optic fusion splicers but, this year, the Asia Pacific region – helped substantially by increased usage by China – could take over the lead spot. Following closely behind is Europe, where splicer usage is beginning to top that of North America.

A fusion splicer is specialized instrument used to join optical fibers to each other and, according to ElectroniCast Consultants, telecom currently represents 55 percent of the worldwide consumption of these devices. The use of fusion splicers in private enterprise networks is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of 16.7 percent from 2010 to 2015, the group says, but their use in cable TV is growing.

Electrical and communication wiring contractors’ annual use of fusion splicers to deploy fiber-optic private enterprise networks is forecast to double from 2010 to 2015. 

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