Ciena's WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset was a key component of a successful trial to transmit 300 Gbps capacity using coherent optical modulation. The trial results were announced at this week's TNC16 Networking Conference.
Driven by new deployments from U.S.-based providers Verizon and other Tier 1 Chinese operators, the long haul and WDM metro optical system market segments grew 20 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2016.
A top Ciena executive says that it will see revenues with Verizon's ongoing 100G metro network rollout to start ramping up between 2017 and 2018 as the telco equips more metro areas with Ciena gear.
Electric Lightwave has doubled its long-haul optical routes and network capabilities to satisfy requirements of enterprises including OTT content providers in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, laying a greater challenge to AT&T and other regional competitors.
GVTC, a Texas-based independent telco, is adapting its expertise in delivering residential and business-based fiber services to try its hand in the wholesale Ethernet services market.
Driven by carrier Ethernet connections for three main applications-- backhaul from business buildings and DSLAMs, mobile backhaul, and wholesale carrier-to-carrier arrangements-- IHS Research said the worldwide Ethernet access device revenue totaled $958 million in 2015, up 4 percent over the prior year.
AT&T is turning its software-centric attention to its optical networks, announcing during this week's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) that has joined up with Ciena, Fujitsu, and Nokia to create a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for open reconfigurable add drop multiplexers (ROADM) group.
Ciena is clearly on the right path to respond to its customers' migration to software-based networking environments, a trend that helped it narrow its losses to $11.5 million in its fiscal first quarter 2016 results, but its outlook is giving investors heartburn.
One of the interesting dynamics that has been taking place over the past year is a rapid wave of consolidation and partnering between top optical and software-related players, hoping to get a piece of the SDN and NFV action. However, none of these vendors are taking the same approach.
Juniper Networks has acquired BTI Systems, a provider of metro optical networking and software, bolstering its cloud and SDN capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.