One of the hottest industry acronyms these days is C-RAN, which is dominating the advanced wireless markets of Asia, where fiber is abundant and high population densities make the architecture fiscally beneficial. But proponents of the technology believe it could eventually spread across the globe.
Infinera bucked the seasonal first-quarter optical industry decline trend, reporting that its first-quarter 2014 revenues were $142.8 million, up sequentially from $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $124.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.
Service provider adoption of optical transport network (OTN) switching and transport equipment became a large growth engine for three of the largest optical vendors in 2013: Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Infinera, according to Infonetics Research.
China Telecom has chosen Huawei as its global optical transport network vendor to support a suite of international private line services for its business and wholesale customers.
Despite being a slow year overall for optical network sales and revenue, the OTN transport and switching equipment market grew 8 percent in 2012, to $7.3 billion. Infonetics forecasts that the OTN equipment market will exceed $13 billion in 2017.
Optical transport network switching may be a minority part of the overall OTN market, but a new Infonetics report forecasts that the OTN market, including both transport and switching, will grow at a 13 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016.
Reliance Globalcom on Tuesday named Ciena as its optical vendor of choice to upgrade its FNAL backhaul network for its self-built intra-Asia submarine cable system.
China Telecom on Tuesday named Alcatel-Lucent's Shanghai Bell, the Paris-based vendor's China unit, as its key converged optical transport network and wavelength division multiplexing technology supplier.
Infonetics sees big growth opportunities for both Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Packet-Optical Transport System (P-OTS) vendors.
Driven by the service provider's ongoing roll outs of 40 and 100G technology, Infonetics Research forecasts that the Optical Transport Network (OTN) hardware market is set to grow to $10.6 billion by