Proceedings PaperThe Demand Explosion Of Fiber Optics
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Optical waveguide intelligence transmission systems will expand rapidly over the 1975 to 1990 interval. From US system production 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. R and D expenditures will continue at a high level. 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.