Dark Fiber Market by Type, Service, and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025

  • Published: Jun 2021
  • Pages: 120
  • SKU: IRTNTR40097

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The dark fiber market size has the potential to grow by USD 3.24 billion during 2021-2025, and the market’s growth momentum will accelerate at a CAGR of 10.47%. 

This report provides a detailed analysis of the market by type (multi-mode and single-mode), service (long-haul services, short-haul services, and colocation facilities services), and geography (North America, Europe, APAC, MEA, and South America). 

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Market Competitive Analysis

The report analyzes the market’s competitive landscape and offers information on several market vendors, including: 


  • AT and T Inc.
  • CenturyLink Inc.
  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd.
  • Comcast Corp.
  • Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.
  • GTT Communications Inc.
  • NTT Communications Corp.
  • Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Windstream Holdings Inc.
  • Zayo Group, LLC.


The dark fiber market is fragmented and the vendors are deploying growth strategies such as partnerships and acquisitions to compete in the market. Click here to uncover other successful business strategies deployed by the vendors. 

The market players also significantly leverage external market drivers such as growing investments in FTTx deployment to achieve growth opportunities. However, factors such as issues related to optical fiber deployment and accidental breakage will challenge the growth of the market participants. To make the most of the opportunities and recover from post COVID-19 impact, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

Download a free sample of the dark fiber market forecast report for insights on complete key vendor profiles. The profiles include information on the production, sustainability, and prospects of the leading companies. 

This dark fiber market analysis report also provides detailed information on the upcoming trends and challenges that will influence market growth. This will help companies create strategies to make the most of future growth opportunities. 

Dark Fiber Market: Key Drivers and Trends

  • The growing investments in FTTx deployment will be a significant factor driving the growth of the dark fiber market size.
  • FTTx networks allow network providers to deliver high-speed services to residential, business, and industrial premises.
  • The optical fiber technology used in FTTx networks provides end-users with much higher bandwidth and enables robust video, internet, and voice services.
  • The increasing demand for high bandwidth has compelled network providers to make significant investments in FTTx networks.
  • The high bandwidth requirement of businesses will further boost the demand for FTTx networks and dark fiber network services.
  • Growing investments in ultra-long-haul networks will be one of the critical dark fiber market trends contributing to market growth.
  • Ultra-long-haul optical fiber systems allow connections over large distances with low signal attenuation.
  • Optical fiber cable providers are increasingly migrating to 10 Gb/s based dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems with 32 or more channels to increase the bandwidth over existing fiber networks.
  • The increasing need for online services, such as videos and music, has resulted in increasing mobile communication traffic and necessitated the deployment of ultra-long-haul networks with DWDM systems.


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Dark Fiber Market: Segmentation by Geography


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38% of the market’s growth will originate from North America during the forecast period. The US is a key market for dark fiber in North America. Market growth in this region will be faster than the growth of the market in MEA and South America.

The rise in IoT, the implementation of automation across end-user industries, increasing investments in smart city initiatives, and the increasing use of social networking platforms will facilitate the dark fiber market growth in North America over the forecast period. To garner further competitive intelligence and regional opportunities in store for vendors, view our sample report. 

Dark Fiber Market: Segmentation by Type


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The dark fiber market share growth by the multi-mode segment will be significant during the forecast period. The market for multi-mode dark fiber cables is increasing due to the increasing adoption of fiber to the premises (FTTP), fiber to the cabin (FTTC), and others. The rise in the adoption of FTTH is also creating demand for multi-mode optical fiber cables. 

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Key Highlights of the Dark Fiber Market Report for 2021-2025

  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2021-2025
  • Detailed information on factors that will drive dark fiber market growth during the next five years
  • Precise estimation of the dark fiber market size and its contribution to the parent market
  • Accurate predictions on upcoming trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • The growth of the dark fiber industry across North America, Europe, APAC, MEA, and South America
  • A thorough analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors
  • Comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of dark fiber market vendors

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Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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The dark fiber market growth will increase by $3243.98 million during 2020-2025.
The dark fiber market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.47% during 2020-2025.
Technavio has segmented the dark fiber market by type (Multi-mode and Single-mode) ,service (Long-haul services, Short-haul services, and Colocation facilities services) , and geographic (North America, Europe, APAC, MEA, and South America).
AT and T Inc., CenturyLink Inc., Colt Technology Services Group Ltd., Comcast Corp., Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc., GTT Communications Inc., NTT Communications Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., Windstream Holdings Inc., Zayo Group, LLC. are a few of the key vendors in the dark fiber market.
North America will register the highest growth rate of 38.19% among the other regions. Therefore, the dark fiber market in North America is expected to garner significant business opportunities for the vendors during the forecast period.
  • US
  • UK
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
The key factors driving the dark fiber market growth are:
  • Rise in global data traffic
  • Rise in partnerships and acquisitions
The dark fiber market vendors should focus on grabbing business opportunities from the multi-mode segment as it accounted for the largest market share in the base year.
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