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14 January 1977 The Explosion Of Fiber Optics
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The world market for fiber optic signal transmission systems will grow explosively over the next quarter century, reaching almost $10 billion by the year 2000. The US demand will be about half of the world total, and will be met almost entirely by US production. From US fiber optic link operational usage of less than $2 million in 1975, production will accelerate to an annual rate of $61 million in 1980 and $833 million in 1990. No single technology in fiber or other components will monopolize the market; different components will be chosen, depending upon application constraints. R&D expenditures will continue at a high level. Significant advances will continue in component technology. Although military applications received the greatest early publicity, commercial telecommunications will be the leading market from the start. Computer systems, office electronics and process controls will also be strong growth areas.
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Jeff D. Montgomery "The Explosion Of Fiber Optics", Proc. SPIE 0081, The Business Side of the Optical Industry II, (14 January 1977);


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