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Archive for 'May 2011'

    Corning: We can't make fiber fast enough

    May 25, 2011 10:44 AM by Stephen Hardy

    Those of you who experienced the fiber glut were perhaps heartened to learn of the Reuters report that Corning has more orders for optical fiber than it can handle. Interestingly, Verizon is one of the principal reasons for the shortfall. The company has ordered 20% more fiber than Corning has expected -- despite shifting its FiOS deployments from passing homes to customer acquisition.

    Apparently Verizon is doing even better with FiOS than observers (or, at least, Corning) had predicted. In its last quarterly earnings statement on April 21, 2011, which covered 1Q11 performance, Verizon said it added 207,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 192,000 net new FiOS TV connections in the first three months of the year. That equates to totals of 4.3 million FiOS Internet and 3.7 million FiOS TV connections by the end of the quarter. Verizon expects to report second quarter performance on July 22, 2011.

    Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Corning CFO Jim Flaws says the company also is seeing increased activity in Japan and Australia. Earthquake recovery and the National Broadband Network (NBN), respectively, are clear catalysts in these instances.

    Corning says that it plans to expand its manufacturing capacity to meet the surge in demand. But Flaws's statement may also mean good news for OFS, which also has supplied Verizon with fiber for MDU applications.

    It also means good news for the optical communications industry in general and the FTTH segment in particular. Just because the initial rollout of FiOS may be over doesn't mean the optical opportunity ended with it.

    Metro Ethernet Forum reaching for the clouds

    May 4, 2011 3:20 PM by Stephen Hardy

    The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has recognized the growing importance of cloud services to its constituents and plans to address Carrier Ethernet’s role in cloud services provisioning.

    MEF board member Ralph Santitoro, director of Carrier Ethernet market development at Fujitsu Network Communications, tells me the organization is in the requirements development stage, sorting through what areas other standards organizations, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S., are doing and what gaps the MEF might fill.

    Santitoro says that two areas currently look worth close examination. The first is enterprise access to private network cloud services via Carrier Ethernet. The second is cloud-to-cloud connectivity.

    The first effort could include definitions of such a service and what attributes would be necessary. These attributes could include quality of service, class of service, latency, packet loss, and availability, among others. The second effort would focus on the ability to maintain quality as a service passes from one cloud to the other – similar to the ability of a carrier to ensure Ethernet service quality off net, Santitoro says.

    The MEF likely will need three to six months before it has a firm grip on the project’s scope, Santitoro estimates.
     

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Stephen Hardy

Stephen Hardy has covered fiber optics for more than 15 years, and communications and technology for more than 30 years. He is responsible for establishing and executing Lightwave's editorial strategy across its digital magazine, website, newsletters, research and other information products. He has won multiple awards for his writing.

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