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Birch Communications acquires Cbeyond for $323 million

April 22, 2014

Two Atlanta-based communications providers are to join forces. Birch Communications, Inc., a provider of business, cloud, and managed services, and Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEY), a provider of managed technology services to small and mid-sized businesses, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Birch will acquire Cbeyond in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $323 million.

Fiber-optic test market to benefit from wireless deployments says Frost & Sullivan

April 20, 2014

Market research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that sales of fiber-optic test equipment will grow to $884.9 million in 2020. The market will benefit from fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) applications as well as the overall bandwidth demand increase that long term evolution (LTE) deployments will create, helping the case for 100G and 400G fiber-optic networks.

Forty million new broadband subscribers in 2013 says Broadband Forum

April 10, 2014

Year-end figures for broadband and IPTV adoption, published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by market research firm Point Topic, show a steady growth in broadband subscribers but slowing as older markets reach saturation. The figures highlight the addition of over 40 million new users, an annual increase of 6.15%, bringing the total number of broadband lines up to 678.5 million worldwide.

Colin Doherty new president and CEO of optical packet transport vendor BTI Systems

April 8, 2014

Optical transport systems and cloud networking vendor BTI Systems has named Colin Doherty its new president and chief executive officer. He replaces Steve Waszak, who BTI Systems says is leaving for “personal reasons.”

Bookham founder resurfaces at Rockley Photonics

April 8, 2014

Dr. Andrew Rickman, who previously founded Bookham Technology in the UK – now Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) following a series of mergers and takeovers – is stepping back into the optical technology fray as chairman and CEO of Rockley Photonics Ltd. The UK-based start-up focuses on silicon photonics for next-generation data communication networks and has closed its Series A funding round following what the company says were “high levels of investor interest.”

Number of US businesses connected to a fiber-optic network nears 40%

April 6, 2014

Market research firm Vertical Systems Group says that 39.3% of businesses in the United States with at least 20 employees can access services via a fiber-optic network connection. This figure represents an improvement of just over 3% from the 36.1% total of 2012.

SDN and NFV enter carrier trial phase says Infonetics

April 4, 2014

Market research firm Infonetics Research reports that nearly every operator questioned as part of its 2014 survey on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) plans to deploy SDN (97%) or NFV (93%) in some aspect of their network at some point.

Padtec invests in ClariPhy, partners for coherent systems development

March 27, 2014

Padtec S.A., a Brazilian optical transport systems vendor, and communications system on a chip (SoC) developer ClariPhy Communications say they will partner to develop and deploy 100-Gbps and 200-Gbps optical transport systems based on ClariPhy’s technology. To cement the partnership, Padtec has agreed to invest $10 million in ClariPhy.

Infonetics unveils 'objective' optical vendor scorecard

March 27, 2014

Infonetics Research has released a new optical networking scorecard that the company says evaluates vendors entirely on criteria based on actual data and metrics, such as direct feedback from service providers, market share data, and publicly available financial data. This approach eliminates subjective scoring and ensures vendors are assessed accurately and fairly, the market research firm asserts.

UTStarcom inks partnership with DASAN Networks at OFC 2014

March 19, 2014

UTStarcom (NASDAQ: UTSI) says it reached an agreement last week at OFC 2014 in San Francisco with fellow equipment developer DASAN Networks. The partnership will see the companies collaborate on design, development, and marketing of new products for cable TV, mobile, and telecommunications service providers.

Infonetics: OTN switching worth $8 billion in 2013

March 11, 2014

The market for Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching is booming, according to Infonetics Research. Worldwide overall OTN revenue totaled $8 billion in 2013, or 66% of all optical network hardware spending last year.

Factors driving PSM4 and silicon photonics for data-center architectures

March 7, 2014

The factors that once drove networks from copper to multimode fiber are creating a demand for even newer alternatives.

Optimizing and monetizing data-center metro networks

March 7, 2014

Software-defined networking and network functions virtualization hold significant progress. The trick is getting there from here.

Silicon photonics, one year later

March 7, 2014

One of the bigger stories going into last year’s OFC/NFOEC was the commotion started when Jefferies & Co.’s James Kisner downgraded Finisar’s stock ...

Ciena fiscal 1Q14 shows year-on-year growth

March 6, 2014

After disconcerting investors the previous quarter because of an earnings shortfall (see “Ciena 4Q13 earnings miss causes concern”), optical transport systems and switch vendor Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) has regained many fans with its first quarter 2014 performance. The company reported revenues of $533.7 million in the quarter up about $80 million from the same quarter a year ago, as well as sequential improvements in GAAP gross margin and operating margin.

Reichle & De-Massari acquires India's Advanced Fiber Systems

March 4, 2014

Swiss cabling provider Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) says it has acquired Advanced Fiber Systems (AFS), a manufacturer of fiber-optic cabling, racks, and accessories for public network applications based in India. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last year was tough for broadband equipment sales says Ovum

February 25, 2014

Ovum says that broadband access equipment sales fell 23% in 2013. However, the market research firm believes this year won’t be quite so bad.

Optical equipment market ends 2013 with a thunk says Ovum

February 20, 2014

Corroborating earlier reports (see “2013 optical hardware sales end year on flat note says Infonetics”), market research and analysis firm Ovum says that the optical network hardware market ended what turned out to be a down year in 2013 with an equally down fourth quarter. Optical equipment sales fell 5% sequentially and 10% year-on-year, leaving the space with a 1% annual decline for the year. However, 2014 sales should show improvement, the company predicts.

2013 optical hardware sales end year on flat note says Infonetics

February 18, 2014

As the market research firm predicted (see “Infonetics expects downturn in optical network hardware spending”), Infonetics Research reports that sales of optical communications network hardware didn’t see the usual uptick in the fourth quarter of 2013 – except, oddly enough, in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Despite the sudden signs of life in that troubled market, quarterly revenues overall of $3.1 billion were essentially sequentially flat, Infonetics says in its upcoming fourh quarter 2013 (4Q13) and year-end “Optical Network Hardware” report that it plans to issue February 24.

Frost & Sullivan cites JDSU fiber-optic test prowess

February 14, 2014

JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU and TSX: JDU) has received the 2014 Global Market Leadership Award in Fiber Optic Test Equipment from market research firm Frost & Sullivan., an independent global research firm, has presented its to JDSU.

Time Warner Cable agrees to merge with Comcast

February 13, 2014

Syringa Networks supports bandwidth growth with ADVA FSP 3000

February 6, 2014

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) reports that Syringa Networks has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 optical transport platform to answer continued bandwidth growth on its network.

Fibertech Networks activates metro small-cell site in Ohio

February 6, 2014

Fibertech Networks says it has activated what it believes to be the first outdoor metro small-cell site in the U.S. for a wireless carrier carrying commercial traffic, with a complete turnkey fiber-based mobile backhaul installation.

Oclaro management touts progress in second quarter of fiscal 2014

February 5, 2014

Having shed some assets, management at Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) said February 4 that its remaining businesses showed sequential revenue gains in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended December 28, 2013. However, the current quarter isn’t likely to see a repeat of that scenario, the company predicted.

AFL settles fusion splicer lawsuit with SurplusEQ.com

February 2, 2014

AFL, a company wholly owned by Fujikura Ltd., is claiming victory in its lawsuit against SurplusEQ.com, Inc. regarding the sale of Fujikura fusion splicers in the U.S. Settlement of the lawsuit includes a court-ordered permanent injunction barring SurplusEQ.com and its owner, Daniel Parsons, from selling any new Fujikura fusion splicers and any new Fujikura fusion splicers not properly licensed and verified for North America.

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