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SDN market worth $8 billion by 2018 says IDC

August 21, 2014

International Data Corp. (IDC) is the latest market research firm to predict the size of the software-defined networking (SDN) market. According to the company’s new forecast, the worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments will grow from $960 million in 2014 to over $8 billion by 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 89.4%.

Broadband binge drives 2Q14 aggregation equipment sales past $2 billion says Infonetics

August 21, 2014

Interest in GPON and VDSL2 vectoring and gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) in North America pushed worldwide sales of broadband aggregation equipment to $2.1 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to Infonetics Research. The market research firm reports in its upcoming 2Q14 "PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers" report due August 29 that broadband aggregation equipment sales grew 17% sequentially and 19% year-over-year.

Wireline to drive 70% of telecom gear sales growth through 2018 says Dell'Oro

August 19, 2014

The emphasis carriers globally are placing on wireless services will benefit wireline equipment spending through 2018, according to recently published reports by Dell'Oro Group.  

Viatel promises €125 million expansion

August 19, 2014

European telecommunications service provider Viatel, part of the Digiweb Group, says it has €125 million that it plans to spend over the next 12 months to extend its fiber-optic network infrastructure, cloud services capabilities, and data centers. At least part of this expansion will come via acquisitions, backed by funding partner Proventus Capital Partners.

Ridgemont Equity Partners to buy majority stake in Cross River Fiber

August 18, 2014

Middle-market buyout and growth equity investor Ridgemont Equity Partners says it has agreed to acquire a majority interest in New Jersey-based dark fiber service provider Cross River Fiber. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ridgemont expects to close the transaction in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Optical hardware spending increases 27% in 2Q14 says Infonetics

August 18, 2014

Spending on optical network hardware grew 27% sequentially in the second quarter of 2014, coming in at $3.3 billion, according to Infonetics Research. Web 2.0 services providers buttressed North American sales, while Huawei and ZTE benefited from strong Asia Pacific spending.

Optical components market to grow 8% in 2014 says Ovum

August 14, 2014

The global optical components (OC) market posted revenues of $6.8 billion in 2013, up 3% from the 2012 level, according to the latest report from market research firm Ovum.

Yenista opens new office in California

August 14, 2014

French test and measurement equipment manufacturer Yenista Optics SA has opened a sales support and repair center in Newbury Park, CA. The vendor says the office will support the growing demand for its test equipment from semiconductor manufacturers developing silicon photonics technologies as well as the optical networking industry.

Proximion becomes part of Hexatronic Scandanavia

August 14, 2014

Proximion AB, which specializes in dispersion compensation modules (DCMs) and other products based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs), has agreed to be acquired by Gothenburg-based Hexatronic Scandinavia AB (NASDAQ OMX First North: HTRO).

Vyve Broadband tucks in Oklahoma acquisitions

August 7, 2014

Vyve Broadband says it recently completed "tuck-in" acquisitions of certain assets of Reach Broadband and all the assets of Lakeview Cable in Oklahoma. The acquisitions in Eufaula, Cache, Pecan Valley, and surrounding communities will add 7,000 homes passed to its footprint, increasing Vyve’s coverage in the state to approximately 310,000.

Brazil reinvesting in fixed broadband infrastructure says Infonetics

August 6, 2014

While telcos and cable MSOs in Brazil spent 11% less on equipment year-over-year in 2013, Infonetics Research expects the market to rebound soon.

Infinera hires Verizon's Elby for new cloud networks group

August 5, 2014

Optical transport systems vendor Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has hired Stuart Elby, most recently vice president and chief technologist of Verizon Labs, to be senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology. The hiring coincides with the formation of a cloud networks group within Infinera.

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Agilent electronic test unit assumes Keysight Technologies name

August 1, 2014

While the spin out of Agilent Technologies’ electronic measurement business isn’t expected to be completed until November, the unit began has begun using its new name, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Inphi to acquire Cortina Systems' optical transport semiconductor business

July 31, 2014

Inphi Corp. (NYSE: IPHI), a provider of high-speed, mixed signal semiconductors, and Cortina Systems, Inc., a communications semiconductor vendor, say they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Inphi will acquire Cortina's high-speed interconnect and optical transport product lines for $52.5 million in cash and $73.5 million in stock.

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.

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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?

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