Dark Fiber Market Growth, Size, and Share by 2031

Coverage: Dark Fiber Market covers analysis By Fiber Type (Single–Mode, Multi–Mode), Network Type (Metro Dark, Long-haul), and Application (BFSI, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Telecom, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Others)

  • Report Code : TIPRE00009900
  • Category : Electronics and Semiconductor
  • No. of Pages : 150
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Dark Fiber Market Growth, Size, and Share by 2031

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[Research Report] The dark fiber market size is expected to grow from US$ 6.27 billion in 2022 to US$ 15.84 billion by 2030; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% from 2022 to 2030.

Analyst Perspective:

Dark fiber technology is a sustainable solution for various organizations which are focusing on improved network management and communication. The enormous demand for internet bandwidth has been made possible by the steadily rising use of online services throughout time. This is by far the biggest driver driving market expansion worldwide. Businesses that heavily rely on internet connectivity for their operations considerably boost the dark fiber market. These networks are very helpful for businesses that handle large amounts of data flow. It helps in the reduction of network latency, scalability, reliability, and improved security. Furthermore, the growing deployment of the 5G network and smart city development is expected to fuel the growth of the dark fiber market in the forecasted period. Moreover, the increasing demand for data centers will propel the growth of the dark fiber market in the forecasted period.

Market Overview:

Unlit or "dark" fiber is the term for unseen optical fiber that is in the ground and can be rented or purchased from network service providers. For private networking, internet access, or internet infrastructure networking, it is utilized in fiber-optic communication. Businesses that use these networks may anticipate extremely fast speeds and robust security. Dark fiber may send numerous data signals across the same optical fiber at the same time by using wavelength division multiplexing, or DWDM. Also, with DWDM technology, dark fiber networks offer a high capacity and consume less power than more conventional ones. Additionally, black fiber guarantees that companies will have nearly total control over their network architecture. Retail businesses, e-commerce, government agencies, and educational institutions are just a few industries that can be benefited from dark fiber. Since they transfer enormous files containing sensitive data, the above industries need to have quick and secure internet access.

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Dark Fiber Market: Strategic Insights

Dark Fiber Market

  • CAGR (2023 - 2031)
    12.30%
  • Market Size 2023
    US$ 7.04 Billion
  • Market Size 2031
    US$ 17.81 Billion

Market Dynamics

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Key Players

  • CenturyLink
  • Cologix
  • Colt Technology Services Group Limited
  • Crown Castle
  • DEPL
  • FirstLight
  • GTT Communications, Inc.
  • Verizon Partner Solutions
  • Windstream Services, LLC

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

Fiber Type
  • Single-Mode
  • Multi-Mode
Network Type
  • Metro Dark
  • Long-haul
and Application
  • BFSI
  • Internet Service Providers
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Dark Fiber Market Driver:

The Emergence of 5G is Driving the Growth of the Dark Fiber Market

The 5G network is around 100 times faster than the 4G network, making real-time data acquisition easier. As the 5G network provides strong connectivity and high-speed data transfer, its demand is increasing worldwide. According to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), 5G penetration worldwide is expected to reach 54% by 2030 from 17% in 2022. North America has the highest 5G penetration, with 39% in 2022; it is expected to reach 91% by 2030. 5G penetration in Asia Pacific (except China) and Europe is expected to increase from 4% and 11% in 2022 to 41% and 87% by 2030, respectively. As 5G is the critical new-generation network technology enabling innovation and supporting digital transformation, its demand is increasing worldwide. Therefore, the governments of various countries are investing in 5G infrastructure. In July 2021, the government of France announced its plan to invest about US$ 2.06 billion (EUR 1.7 billion) in its 5G market by 2025 via public and private investments. Through this, the government aims to accelerate the development of 5G in the country. Similarly, in January 2021, the government of South Korea announced that they would increase the coverage of the next-generation mobile networks, particularly 5G, to 85 cities this year from the current seven major cities. It invested around US$ 115.89 million (127.9 billion won) in 2021 to encourage the use of private 5G networks. Growing investments in 5G will also raise the need for dark fiber as it helps drastically reduce traffic congestion and wasteful rerouting along with providing lower latency and faster network speeds. Therefore, the emergence of a 5G network is fueling the growth of the dark fiber market.

Segmental Analysis:

Based on fiber type, the dark fiber market is segmented into single–mode and multi–mode. The multi–mode segment held the largest dark fiber market share in 2022, whereas the single–mode segment is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during 2022-2030. Due to its cost-effectiveness, multi-mode fiber is often preferred over single-mode fiber for shorter-reach applications. Additionally, multi-mode transceivers consume less power than single-mode transceivers, which is a crucial factor to consider when evaluating the cost of powering and cooling a data center. In large data centers with numerous connections, opting for a multi-mode solution can result in substantial cost savings, not only in terms of transceivers but also in power and cooling requirements. Therefore, the ease of installation and termination of multi-mode fiber in the field is a crucial consideration for enterprise environments that frequently undergo moves, additions, and changes. Thus, all the above factors boost the growth of the multi–mode segment, further fueling the growth of the dark fiber market.

Regional Analysis:

North America is expected to witness significant growth in the dark fiber market in the forecasted period. In the region, the US will hold the largest dark fiber market share in 2022 and will register the highest CAGR during the forecasted period. North American countries like the US and Canada have been pioneers in the adoption of new technology and automation across their businesses over the years. Also, owing to the rising demand for high-speed internet access, the demand for dark fiber is increasing in the region. In addition, the region's booming IT and telecommunications sectors are driving market expansion even further. High-end connectivity has become very important in North America as bandwidth needs and the demand for dependable and high-capacity networks have increased. Furthermore, the continuous need for high-speed internet across numerous industries is fueling the growth of the dark fiber market in the region.

Key Player Analysis:

Lumen Technologies, Inc.; Cologix; Colt Technology Services Group Limited; Crown Castle; Dinesh Engineers Limited; FirstLight; Sterlite Power; Verizon Partner Solutions; Windstream Services, LLC; and Zayo Group, LLC. are among the key dark fiber market players. These dark fiber market players are focused on continuous product development and innovation.

Recent Developments: 

Inorganic and organic strategies such as product launches, partnerships, collaboration, and mergers and acquisitions are highly adopted by companies in the Dark Fiber Market. A few recent key market developments by these companies are listed below:

  • In October 2023, Fluxys Belgium and GasLINE signed an infrastructure cooperation agreement to facilitate fiber-optic network expansion in Western Europe. Both companies have large networks in their respective countries, Belgium and Germany. As a telecommunications hub with international relevance, Frankfurt am Main is an important destination for Fluxys Belgium’s dark fiber customers and GasLINE, which is expanding its marketable fiber-optic infrastructure specifically into neighboring countries.
  • In August 2023, EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure announced its partnership with Zayo, a leading global communications infrastructure provider, to bring dark fiber connectivity to its 72MW Silicon Valley data center campus in Santa Clara, CA, to Zayo's global network, providing customers with resilient, diverse routes for current use and future expansion. Through Zayo's expansive, Tier-1 fiber network, including over 200 IP points of presence (PoPs) across the United States, customers at EdgeCore's Silicon Valley campus will have access to fast, diverse, and reliable connectivity with guaranteed bandwidth to support their business needs. Zayo's future-ready network infrastructure accommodates EdgeCore customers' evolving needs for scale, rapid deployment of additional bandwidth, cloud connectivity, customer end-point connectivity, and more.
  • In August 2023, Dark Fiber and Infrastructure (DF&I), a developer, owner, and operator of dark fiber and conduit networks, expanded its partnership with DataBridge Sites. This data center provider supports off-site business-critical IT environments. DataBridge Sites had added its Maryland facility on-net to DF&I’s Express Connect network earlier. One of the advantages that DF&I brings to the table is its unique network pathway. Its network features a proprietary under-river crossing from Maryland to Ashburn, Virginia, ensuring what it claims to be the most direct route to support lower latency for critical data.
  • In June 2023, JLand Group (JLG), the real estate and infrastructure arm of Johor Corporation, has recently entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MSA Resources Sdn Bhd (MSAR), a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure. This collaboration aims to establish a direct connection between Sedenak Tech Park (STeP) and the Digital Superhighway Network by expanding dark fiber connectivity in the area. Under this partnership, the scope of cooperation includes the provision of Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) connectivity within and beyond STeP. Initially, the network will be able to connect with data centers in Singapore, utilizing dual access through both the Causeway and the Tuas Second Link.
  • In October 2021, Zayo Group Holdings Inc. announced that they had completed the three new U.S. dark fiber long-haul routes. The routes, which feature all-underground construction, run from Atlanta to Dallas, Denver to Salt Lake City, and Eugene to Reedsport, OR. The company also provided updates on additional routes in various phases of deployment.

Dark Fiber Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2023 US$ 7.04 Billion
Market Size by 2031 US$ 17.81 Billion
Global CAGR (2023 - 2031) 12.30%
Historical Data 2021-2022
Forecast period 2024-2031
Segments Covered By Fiber Type
  • Single-Mode
  • Multi-Mode
By Network Type
  • Metro Dark
  • Long-haul
By and Application
  • BFSI
  • Internet Service Providers
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • CenturyLink
  • Cologix
  • Colt Technology Services Group Limited
  • Crown Castle
  • DEPL
  • FirstLight
  • GTT Communications, Inc.
  • Verizon Partner Solutions
  • Windstream Services, LLC
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    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Fiber Type, Network Type, and Application

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

    Country Scope
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    The List of Companies

    1. CenturyLink
    2. Cologix
    3. Colt Technology Services Group Limited
    4. Crown Castle
    5. DEPL
    6. FirstLight
    7. GTT Communications, Inc.
    8. Verizon Partner Solutions
    9. Windstream Services, LLC
    10. Zayo Group, LLC.

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