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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.

Cisco to buy orchestration platform supplier Tail-f Systems

June 17, 2014

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) says it plans to purchase Tail-f Systems, a privately held Swedish company that specializes in multi-vendor network service orchestration offerings, for approximately $175 million in cash and retention-based incentives. Cisco expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Ethernet service revenue to grow 300% by 2018 says Infonetics

June 17, 2014

Revenue from Ethernet services delivered on 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet is forecast to grow 300% between 2013 and 2018, according to the latest report from Infonetics Research.

Level 3 offers $7.3 billion for tw telecom

June 16, 2014

Network services provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has reached an agreement to purchase business services provider tw telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC) for $7.3 billion in stock and cash. The companies expect the deal to close in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to the usual regulatory reviews and shareholder approval.

Lightwave Innovation Awards scores announced

June 16, 2014

Lightwave has announced the results of its inaugural Lightwave Innovation Awards program. The technology innovation recognition program saw more than 25 products evaluated by a team of independent judges, who rated each product on a scale of 0 to 5. One product managed to achieve the top 5.0 score.

Private equity firm acquires Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa Telecomunicaciones

June 12, 2014

British private equity firm Cinven has agreed a deal to acquire the telecommunications operations from Spanish utility company Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) for a total consideration of €510 million ($690 million).

ZTE's new strategy targets mobile, cloud, and Big Data

June 10, 2014

At the company’s Global Analysts Conference in Shanghai this week, ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) outlined the company’s new strategy to help customers and partners embrace the era of mobile-ICT.

SDN not playing key role in carriers' optical decisions says Infonetics

June 9, 2014

Despite the buzz around software-defined networking (SDN), most carriers are not ready to put the technology to work in their optical networks. That’s the conclusion of a Packet-Optical, MPLS, and Control Plane Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, conducted by Infonetics Research.

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