Dark Fiber Network Market Set $16.87 Billion By 2032, CAGR: 12.6%

Dark Fiber Network Market Size Worth $16.87 Billion By 2032 | CAGR: 12.6%

The global dark fiber network market size is expected to reach USD 16.87 billion by 2032, according to a new study by Polaris Market Research. The report “Dark Fiber Network Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Fiber Type (Single mode, Multi-mode); By Network Type; By Material; By End-User; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024 - 2032” gives a detailed insight into current market dynamics and provides analysis on future market growth.  

As data-intensive applications continue to proliferate and as reliance on cloud services increases, opportunities are being presented to dark fiber network operators. The need for dark fiber to create high-speed connections is significantly increasing as data center operators build out their networks.

Further, the development of smart cities, which prioritize the incorporation of IoT devices and networked infrastructure, offers the dark fiber network market a very profitable prospect. Dark fiber is well-positioned to function as the fundamental framework needed to provide high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity for a range of smart city applications. Thus, with the development of remote work and digital transformation, enterprises are looking for dependable and fast connectivity to support their operations.

Moreover, the technology has surfaced as a sustainable solution for numerous organizations prioritizing improved communication and network management. The persistent growth in internet service penetration has created a surge in the demand for internet bandwidth. This escalating demand is anticipated to persist throughout the forecast period, emerging as a pivotal factor driving global market growth.

Companies heavily dependent on internet connectivity strongly contribute to supporting the market. Such networks prove highly advantageous for organizations with substantial data flow, offering benefits like reduced network latency, scalability, reliability, and heightened security.

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However, the commencement of dark fiber network deployment encompasses substantial initial costs associated with laying the fiber infrastructure. This financial aspect can serve as a deterrent for certain organizations, particularly smaller ones constrained by budget limitations.

Also, dark fiber networks encounter competition from alternative connectivity solutions, including leased lines and managed network services. Organizations may opt for these alternatives based on considerations such as cost-effectiveness and the ease of implementation, posing a challenge to the widespread adoption of dark fiber.

. Dark Fiber Network Market Report Highlights

  • In 2023, the single mode segment is expected to witness highest growth during forecast period owing to increasing demand for high-bandwidth connection
  • Metro segment is expected to dominate the dark fiber network market during forecast period. This is attributed to increasing demand for high-speed and reliable connectivity within metropolitan areas
  • Plastic segment is expected to witness highest growth during forecast period. Owing to flexibility, durability, and cost-effectiveness
  • Telecom segment is expected to dominate the dark fiber network market during forecast period
  • In 2023, North America accounted for the largest revenue share due to presence of major players, increasing use of cloud services, and the impending launch of 5G networks.
  • The market is highly competitive owing to the existence of market players with a global presence, including AFL Telecommunications LLC, AT&T Inc, CenturyLink, Inc., Colt Technology Services Group Limited, Comcast Corporation, Verizon Communications Inc., among others.

Polaris Market Research has segmented the dark fiber network market report based on fiber type, network type, material, end-users, and region:

Dark Fiber Network, Fiber Type Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Single mode
  • Multi-mode           

Dark Fiber Network, Network Type Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Long-haul
  • Metro

Dark Fiber Network, Material Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Plastic
  • Glass

Dark Fiber Network, End-Users Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • BFSI
  • Telecom
  • Oil & Gas
  • Aerospace
  • Healthcare
  • Others

Dark Fiber Network, Regional Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Israel
  • South Africa

Dark Fiber Network Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 6.51 billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 16.87 billion


12.6% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

  • By Fiber Type
  • By Network Type
  • By Material
  • By End-User
  • By Region

Regional scope

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

Competitive Landscape

  • Dark Fiber Network Market Share Analysis (2023)
  • Company Profiles/Industry participants profiling includes company overview, financial information, product/service benchmarking, and recent developments

Report Format

  • PDF + Excel


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