Dark Fiber Market - Forecast(2024 - 2030)

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Dark Fiber Market Overview:

The global Dark Fiber Market size is estimated to reach $12.5 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 13.1% during the forecast period 2024-2030. The market is anticipated to see an increase in product demand and consumption due to factors like growing internet service penetration, the adoption of optical technology devices, increased bandwidth need for mobile devices, and cable operators' obligatory conversion to High Definition (HD) video quality. Along with producing large amounts of data, digital transformation in key end-use industries like healthcare, telecom, the military, oil and gas, aerospace, and railways is also exploring intelligent machine networking, which is anticipated to support market revenue growth over the course of the forecast period. Over time, online services have helped to create a strong demand for internet bandwidth.

Additionally, there is still opportunity for the dark fiber market to develop due to technological advancements and the rising need for intense data handling in manufacturing and logistics. Additionally, dark fiber is scalable and enables businesses to build their own customized networks without having to spend money on fiber-optic infrastructure. Many businesses are shifting their attention more and more toward investing in dark fiber connection, which is being driven by 5G, edge computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and ultra-high quality video.

Market Snapshot:

Dark Fiber market - Report Coverage:

The “Dark Fiber market - Forecast (2024-2030)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Dark Fiber Market.



By Type

  • Single Mode Fiber

  • Multi Mode Fiber

By Network Type

  • Metro

  • Long-Haul

By Material

  • Glass

  • Plastic

By End-User Industry

  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs) & Telecommunication Industry

  • BFSI Industry

  • IT Enabled Services

  • Military & Aerospace Industry

  • Oil & Gas Industry

  • Healthcare Industry

  • Railway Industry

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico)

  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe),

  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia & New Zealand and Rest of Asia-Pacific),

  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Rest of South America)

  • Rest of the World (Middle East and Africa).

COVID-19 / Ukraine Crisis - Impact Analysis:  

● The pandemic forced many businesses and institutions to adopt remote work rapidly and digital communication tools. This sudden shift increased the demand for robust and high-speed internet connections. As companies sought to ensure reliable connectivity for remote employees, there could have been an increased interest in dark fiber leases or installations to meet the heightened demand. On the flip side, the pandemic caused delays in the installation of new dark fiber networks. Restrictions on movement, supply chain disruptions, and reduced workforce availability impacted the timeline for laying new fiber cables.
● Conflict led to disruptions in critical infrastructure, including fiber optic networks. Damage to physical infrastructure, such as fiber optic cables, could lead to interruptions in network connectivity and communication services, potentially affecting the demand for dark fiber. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has impact ed international relations and cross-border communication. Depending on the severity of the situation, there might be implications for global connectivity and data transmission routes, which could indirectly influence the demand for dark fiber.

Key Takeaways:

● Fastest Growth of Asia Pacific Region

The dark fiber market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period. Key countries, including China, India, Japan, and South Korea, boast substantial capacities for dark fiber networks. Factors fuelling the demand for dark fiber in Asia Pacific comprise rising income levels, changing lifestyles, and the need for faster internet. Advanced technologies like AI, IoT, and Big Data are driving the establishment of large-scale data centres in the region. Major tech giants such as Alibaba, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Baidu have established and are expanding data centres in the area. The market in Asia Pacific is currently influenced by Chinese and Indian consumers who are adopting high-speed broadband and mobile services rapidly.

● The market for dark fiber is expected to be dominated by long-haul fiber.

In 2023, the long haul sector commanded the dark fiber market's majority at 29%. The deployment of these networks are rising to meet amplified demand for dependable high-speed connectivity across diverse regions. The surge in data traffic, driven by digital services, cloud computing, streaming media, and IoT devices, underscores the need for efficient long haul networks to transport vast data volumes over extended distances. The upsurge in Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) has elevated the demand for such networks. To stay aligned with this demand surge, telecom firms, infrastructure providers, and governments are investing in expanding, upgrading, and innovating long haul networks, including deploying new submarine cables and fiber-optic networks to enhance long-distance connectivity.

● BFSI end-user segment to experience considerable rise

A BFSI organization's disaster recovery and business continuity plan will heavily rely on dark fiber. By building redundant connections with dark fiber, institutions may build separate network channels that are geographically varied. Traffic may be dynamically diverted to different channels in the case of a network breakdown or a disaster in one place, maintaining ongoing services and reducing downtime. For their bandwidth-intensive core transport, such as file sharing, big file transfers, business intelligence applications, and data analysis, banks and financial services businesses are increasingly resorting to dark fiber.

● Rising demand for 5G network in the telecom and networking industry

The escalating desire for 5G networks and associated needs like cloud-based networking, gaming, and video streaming is driving demand for swift, reliable internet. Dark fibers are pivotal in ensuring this robust connectivity. The rapid digital transformation is reshaping nearly all industries, with data volumes surging. Smart networking of devices and sensors necessitates data transmission within specific ranges for analysis and control. A 5G campus network offers a comprehensive solution for this. Ookla, LLC reported 21,520 global 5G deployments and 184 operators in 2022. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson had 190 million 5G subscriptions in 2020 and is projecting a staggering 2.8 billion by 2025. Despite 2020's unforeseen events, 5G deployment and adoption-maintained momentum. The 5G ecosystem is expanding due to accelerated 5G introductions and network enhancements. The growth in 5G adoption is evident in the launch of over 150 commercial 5G devices in 2022. Hence, the surging demand for 5G networks is a key driver of market growth.

● Substantial upfront costs and ongoing maintenance may hamper the market growth.

Dark fiber infrastructure deployment necessitates a substantial initial outlay for installing and maintaining the fiber optic lines. For certain organizations, the expenses of installation, equipment, obtaining licenses, and continuing maintenance might be prohibitive. To guarantee maximum performance and dependability, dark fiber networks need to be maintained and watched over on a regular basis. This covers tasks including routine inspections, troubleshooting, fixing fiber breaks, and updating machinery. The whole investment includes the cost of maintenance staff, equipment, and spare components. The original investment should also include other charges like project management, legal fees, insurance, and administrative costs.

● Lack of proper monitoring systems can be a challenge for Dark Fiber Market

The complexity lies in effectively integrating a fiber segment into the core platform, a task expected to handle substantial volumes of sensitive data. This process entails technical and operational intricacies, posing challenges for overseeing computer scientists. To avert such complications, an integration-friendly platform could be adopted. This would necessitate meticulous oversight at the physical, server, and application levels. Alternatively, companies might resort to a comprehensive monitoring system, like Pandora FMS, although this incurs acquisition and implementation costs. Both options demand increased investment and potentially expose significant data to vulnerabilities. Furthermore, there's the additional expenditure of personnel training or hiring skilled ndividuals, further escalating overall expenses.

Dark Fiber Market Share (%) By Region, 2022 


 Key Market Players: 

Product/Service launches, approvals, patents and events, acquisitions, partnerships and collaborations are key strategies adopted by players in the Dark Fiber Market. The top 10 companies in this industry are listed below:

  1. Verizon Communications, Inc. (Verizon Wireless, Yahoo, AOL)
  2. Colt Technology Services Group Limited (Wave, Edge Compute)
  3. GTT Communications, Inc. (Interoute, Hibernia Networks, Custom Connect)
  4. Lumen Technologies, Inc. (Lumen, Lumen Edge Computing Solutions, Lumen Cloud)
  5. NTT communications Corporation (Arkadin, Dimension Data, NTT Europe, NTT Security)
  6. Zayo Group, LLC (Zayo, zColo, Zayo Dark Fiber, Zayo Cloudlink)
  7. AT & T, Inc. (AT&T Wireless, DIRECTV, Cricket Wireless)
  8. Windstream Holdings, Inc. (Kinetic)
  9. Crown Castle International Corp. (Crown Castle, Fiber Solutions, FiberNet)
  10. Fiber Light, LLC. (Cloud Connect)

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Market Size in 2030

$12.5 billion

Segments Covered

By Type, By Network Type, By Material, By End-User Industry, By Geography

Geographies Covered

North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand and Rest of Asia-Pacific), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Rest of South America), Rest of the World (Middle East and Africa).

Key Market Players

  • Verizon Communications, Inc.

  • Colt Technology Services Group Limited

  • GTT Communications, Inc.

  • Lumen Technologies, Inc.

  • NTT communications Corporation

  • Zayo Group, LLC

  • AT & T, Inc.

  • Windstream Holdings, Inc.

  • Crown Castle International Corp.

  • Fiber Light, LLC.

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1. Dark Fiber Market - Overview
    1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Dark Fiber Market - Executive Summary
3. Dark Fiber Market - Comparative Analysis
    3.1 Company Benchmarking - Key Companies
    3.2 Global Financial Analysis - Key Companies
    3.3 Market Share Analysis - Key Companies
    3.4 Patent Analysis
    3.5 Pricing Analysis
4. Dark Fiber Market - Start-up Companies Scenario (Premium)
    4.1 Key Start-up Company Analysis by
    4.1.1 Investment
    4.1.2 Revenue
    4.1.3 Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5. Dark Fiber Market – Market Entry Scenario Premium Premium (Premium)
    5.1 Regulatory Framework Overview
    5.2 New Business and Ease of Doing Business Index
    5.3 Case Studies of Successful Ventures
6. Dark Fiber Market - Forces
    6.1 Market Drivers
    6.2 Market Constraints/Challenges
    6.3 Porter's Five Force Model
        6.3.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
        6.3.2 Bargaining powers of customers
        6.3.3 Threat of new entrants
        6.3.4 Rivalry among existing players
        6.3.5 Threat of substitutes
7. Dark Fiber Market – Strategic Analysis
    7.1 Value Chain Analysis
    7.2 Opportunities Analysis
    7.3 Market Life Cycle
8. Dark Fiber Market – by Type (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    8.1 Single Mode Fiber
    8.2 Multi Mode Fiber
9. Dark Fiber Market – by Network Type (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    9.1 Metro
    9.2 Long-Haul
10. Dark Fiber Market – by Material (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    10.1 Glass
    10.2 Plastic
11. Dark Fiber Market – by End-User Industry (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    11.1 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) & Telecommunication Industry
    11.2 BFSI Industry
    11.3 IT Enabled Services
    11.4 Military & Aerospace Industry
    11.5 Oil & Gas Industry
    11.6 Healthcare Industry
    11.7 Railway Industry
    11.8 Others
12. Dark Fiber Market – by Geography (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    12.1. North America
        12.1.1 The U.S.
        12.1.2 Canada
        12.1.3 Mexico
    12.2 Europe
        12.2.1 The UK
        12.2.2 Germany
        12.2.3 France
        12.2.4 Italy
        12.2.5 Spain
        12.2.6 Russia
        12.2.7 The Rest of Europe
    12.3 Asia-Pacific
        12.3.1 China
        12.3.2 India
        12.3.3 Japan
        12.3.4 South Korea
        12.3.5 Australia & New Zealand
        12.3.6 The Rest of Asia-Pacific
    12.4 South America
        12.4.1 Brazil
        12.4.2 Argentina
        12.4.3 Chile
        12.4.4 Colombia
        12.4.5 The Rest of South America
    12.5 The Rest of the World
        12.5.1 The Middle East
        12.5.2 Africa
13. Dark Fiber Market – Entropy
14. Dark Fiber Market – Industry/Segment Competition Landscape Premium 
    14.1 Market Share Analysis
        14.1.1 Market Share by Product Type – Key Companies
        14.1.2 Market Share by Region – Key Companies
        14.1.3 Market Share by Country – Key Companies
    14.2 Competition Matrix
    14.3 Best Practices for Companies
15. Dark Fiber Market – Key Company List by Country Premium Premium Premium 
16. Dark Fiber Market - Company Analysis
    16.1 Verizon Communications, Inc.
    16.2 Colt Technology Services Group Limited
    16.3 GTT Communications, Inc.
    16.4 Lumen Technologies, Inc.
    16.5 NTT communications Corporation
    16.6 Zayo Group, LLC
    16.7 AT & T, Inc.
    16.8 Windstream Holdings, Inc.
    16.9 Crown Castle International Corp.
    16.10 Fiber Light, LLC.

The Dark Fiber Market is projected to grow at 13.1% CAGR during the forecast period 2024-2030.

The global Dark Fiber Market size is estimated to be $6.6 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach $12.5 billion by 2030.

The leading players in the Dark Fiber market are Verizon Communications, Inc., Colt Technology Services Group Limited, GTT Communications, Inc., Lumen Technologies, Inc., NTT communications Corporation, Zayo Group, LLC, AT & T, Inc., Windstream Holdings, Inc., Crown Castle International Corp. and Fiber Light, LLC.

Increasing Demand for Bandwidth, Increasing Demand for Bandwidth, Edge Computing, Data Center Interconnectivity, Digital Transformation of Industries are some major trends that will shape the Dark Fiber market in the future.

Growing Demand for Bandwidth, 5G Network Rollout, Cloud Computing, Network Expansion, Smart City Initiatives, Internet of Things (IoT) are some driving factors and opportunities for the Dark Fiber market.