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Inphi to acquire Cortina Systems' optical transport semiconductor business

July 31, 2014

Ethernet switch market worth $25 billion in 2018 says Dell'Oro

July 31, 2014

According to a recently published report by Dell'Oro Group, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market is expected to approach $25 billion annually in 2018.

Windstream plans REIT to own fiber and copper networks

July 31, 2014

Communications services provider Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN) says it will create an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that will own its existing copper and fiber-optic network and other fixed real estate assets. The scheme will facilitate network expansion and diversification through acquisitions, Windstream asserts.

Alcatel-Lucent cable ship in oil and gas deployment

Alcatel-Lucent targets submarine network unit IPO for 2015

July 31, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent plans to spin out its submarine network equipment and services business into a separate publicly traded company. Management at the optical transport systems and router vendor hope to launch an IPO for the Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks unit in the first half of next year.

Smart city communications node shipments to hit 55 million annually by 2020 says Navigant Research

July 29, 2014

Worldwide shipments of communications nodes for smart city networks will grow from 16.3 million annually in 2014 to 54.8 million in 2020, according to a recent report from market research firm Navigant Research.

North American businesses want SDN in the data center by 2016

July 29, 2014

The majority of North American businesses (87%) intend to have software-defined networks (SDN) live in their data centers by 2016, according to a survey from market research firm Infonetics Research.

FCC blesses Frontier buy of AT&T's Connecticut wireline business

July 28, 2014

Frontier Communications’ (NASDAQ:FTR) planned acquisition of AT&T's local wireline, broadband, and video operations in Connecticut has crossed another regulatory hurdle, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the deal. The approval is the second in a chain of approvals required to close the deal. The U.S. Justice Department also has given the deal a green light, so approval from the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is the last major step in the approval process Frontier has yet to climb.

Verizon wireline revenues show rare year-on-year growth

July 22, 2014

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) reported that operating income and earnings per share for the second quarter of 2014 exhibited double-digit growth for the sixth consecutive quarter. The best revenue growth in sixth quarters benefited from the first instance of year-on-year revenue growth in the wireline segment in more than seven years.

Huawei's 1H14 revenues jump 19% year-on-year

July 22, 2014

Chinese network equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. reports a jump in operating performance for the first half of 2014. In the first six months of the year, Huawei said it generated sales revenue of CNY135.8 billion ($21.8 billion), an increase of 19% year-on-year with an operating margin of 18.3%.

Telecom, datacom equipment spending will exceed $1 trillion over 5 years says Infonetics

July 21, 2014

Worldwide, sales of telecom and datacom equipment and software came to $183 billion in 2013, an uptick of 3% versus the previous year, according to the latest market research from Infonetics Research. And the outlook is bright going forward, concludes the firm’s 2014 “Telecom and Datacom Network Equipment and Software” report, which provides a big picture of the health of the overall market. Infonetics projects a cumulative $1.01 trillion will be spent by service providers and enterprises on telecom and datacom hardware and software over the five years from 2014 to 2018.

Metro optical market worth $9 billion by 2018 says Dell'Oro

July 17, 2014

Metro optical transport equipment revenues are forecast to reach $9 billion by 2018, according to a newly released optical transport forecast report by market research Dell’Oro Group.  WDM equipment sales are expected to drive the majority of the metro optical market’s growth for the next five years and comprise the vast majority of revenue by 2018.

Funding innovation remains a challenge

July 17, 2014

Delivering the necessary innovation for optical communications applications is one thing. Paying for it is another, particularly for developers of optical components and subsystems. Are partnerships with competitors a way out?

Optical transport vendors prep for SDN

July 10, 2014

The Open Networking Foundation is still prepping its vision of how software-defined networking could apply to optical networks. But that hasn't stopped technology developers from offering their own takes.

North American enterprise network spending focuses on the cloud says Infonetics survey

July 8, 2014

Respondents to a recent survey of North American enterprise network operators indicate that support of cloud services will drive their spending this year. Interest in the cloud will help support significant growth in North American enterprise and data center network investment in 2014, according to the market research firm’s “2014 Network Equipment Spending and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey” report.

Telecom wholesale services revenue to hit $142 billion in 2019 says Ovum

July 7, 2014

Despite price drops among commodity wholesale services, overall wholesale service revenues are expected to climb for the next several years, according to new research from Ovum. Not surprisingly, the Asian market will lead the way, the market research firm says, driving the total wholesale services market to $142 billion by 2019.

Zayo Group completes Neo Telecoms acquisition

July 7, 2014

Bandwidth and infrastructure provider Zayo Group, LLC, reports that it has completed its purchase of Neo Telecoms, a Paris-based fiber-optic network provider.

UPC Cablecom acquires cable network in Geneva

July 3, 2014

Switzerland’s largest cable operator, UPC Cablecom, says it has taken over the Télé-Pregny-Chambésy fiber-optic network.

Zayo files S-1 for IPO

July 3, 2014

The company said in the filing that it could attempt to raise as much as $100 million via the IPO, but that figure is subject to change.

VeEX closes Agizer, Optixsoft acquisitions

July 2, 2014

Test and measurement specialist VeEX Inc. has closed two acquisitions of companies in Eastern Europe with expertise in fiber-optic test equipment and software. Terms of the deals to buy Agizer and Optixsoft were not disclosed.

Zayo's zColo takes over AtlantaNAP data center

July 2, 2014

Zayo Group LLC’s colocation division, zColo, has acquired Colo Facilities Atlanta (AtlantaNAP), an Atlanta data center and managed services provider. zColo now has more than 72,000 square feet of data center space, including 42,000 square feet of conditioned colocation space, at its disposal in Atlanta. Terms of the cash deal were not disclosed.

EZchip to add multi-core processors via Tilera acquisition

July 1, 2014

Network processor pioneer EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH) plans to expand its product portfolio via the acquisition of Tilera Corp. EZchip has signed a definite agreement with the privately held US-based company that would see EZchip pay Tilera stockholders up to $130 million in cash, with $50 million payable at closing and up to an additional $80 million payable subject to meeting future performance milestones.

Europe to lead telco spending says Infonetics

June 30, 2014

Expect a slowdown in the Americas, but for a change, Europe will be in the telecom capex driver's seat this year, says Infonetics Research. That’s the perhaps surprising conclusion of the market research firm’s 44-page “Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers” report, which analyzes global and regional market trends and conditions affecting service providers, enterprises, and subscribers, and the interaction with the global economy.

Sales of active optical cables for data centers to reach $1.5B says CIR

June 30, 2014

The market for active optical cables (AOCs) for the data center will produce $1.5 billion in revenues by 2019, according to the latest report from Communications Industry Researchers (CIR).

2014 Lightwave Innovation Awards

June 20, 2014

This year marks the start of the Lightwave Innovation Awards, an optical communications technology recognition program.

Enablence Technologies adds funding, subtracts board member

June 19, 2014

Optical components and subsystems vendor Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ENA) says it has secured non-brokered private placement financing of up to CAN$10 million. It also announced that former CEO Jacob Sun will leave its board of directors.

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