According to a ZDNet writer, enough optical fiber will be laid this year to reach to the moon and back 117 times, because that is how much will be manufactured. Even more copper would be replaced with glass if manufacturing facilities existed to fulfill the demand. In the current market, an order for optical fiber takes sixteen months to fulfill and the situation is not expected to change for several years when manufacturing capacity increases.
As in so many other aspects of the Internet, few believed that the growth of in the demand for broadband, and therefore optical cable, would be as high as it is. One analyst estimates that $2.6 billion will be spent on fiber-optic manufacturing capacity before 2003 with another $3.7 billion by the end of 2004.