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Content posted in February 2001
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Avanex Shares Stumble
News Analysis  | 
2/28/2001  |  Post a comment
Shares slashed 18 percent following earnings warning, downgrades
Startup Gets Flexible
News Analysis  | 
2/28/2001  |  7 comments
A flexible sheet of polymer could be a new wonder material for integrated optics
Optisphere's Spielvogel Speaks American
News Analysis  | 
2/28/2001  |  4 comments
Siemens spinoff Optisphere is still unknown in the U.S. market. The new management team hopes to change that
Corning and Lucent May Reach Deal
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2001  |  18 comments
The companies won't confirm, but industry sources think it likely Corning will buy Lucent's Optical Fiber division
Tellium Switches IPO Bankers
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2001  |  17 comments
Morgan Stanley, rather than Goldman Sachs, will be running the show. Rivalry with Ciena may be the reason
Tropic Networks Scores $60M
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2001  |  1 comment
Startup will use the new funds to finish an optical packet node that supports metro Ethernet
Laser Suppliers Getting in Tune
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2001  |  Post a comment
Agility, Iolon, and New Focus are proposing a multisourcing agreement for widely tunable lasers
WaveSmith Targets Cascade Switch
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  29 comments
Startup hopes to copy the Juniper gameplan: Sneak up on the market leader as a slicker second source
Intel Snatches VOIP Startup for $550M
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  10 comments
Move puts Intel deeper into the communications chip space
Agere's 3D MEMS Switch 'Not First'
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  6 comments
OMM intends to ship a 64x64 subsystem before Lucent's spinoff
Mayan Ruins?
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  57 comments
Mayan is the latest in a line of startups that are feeling the effects of CLEC woes
Onetta Raises $56M for "Intelligent" Amp
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  1 comment
Onetta has finished building its management team and is rewarded with $56 million in VC funding
Optical Switch Comes Into the Light
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  4 comments
After skulking about for four years, Optical Switch has emerged with a $4,500 Kaleidoscope and other cool stuff
Corning Backs Laser Startup
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2001  |  6 comments
Puts cash into Iolon, which is going head to head with New Focus on widely tunable, high power lasers
Chorum Seals Deal With Nortel
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2001  |  5 comments
Chorum, which has registered for an IPO, will supply Nortel with its Optical Slicer product for the next few years
Cisco Makes Metro Move
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2001  |  26 comments
Ups the ante with its oddly familiar 7600 OSR product
Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2001  |  94 comments
Former Siara architect Sanjeev Newarikar mixes DWDM into his recipe for next-gen Sonet boxes
Lucent Beefs Up Credit Line
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2001  |  Post a comment
Obtaining $6.5 billion in credit will aid restructuring, company says
Report: Juniper Still Gaining On Cisco
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2001  |  11 comments
Juniper's still eating into Cisco's share of the core router pie; Avici has shown up for orts UPDATED 2/23 3:00pm EST
Multiplex About to Secure $100M Round
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2001  |  Post a comment
Sign of continuing VC interest in startups developing the right components
Sales Chief Sneaks Out of Avici
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2001  |  15 comments
After Avici's senior VP of sales leaves, company official says event is "not material" UPDATED 2/22 1pm EST
Lucent Restructuring: Mixed Bag
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2001  |  4 comments
Schacht's shop turns toward debt management and public relations
Nortel CTO Quits as Woes Mount
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2001  |  20 comments
Nortel CTO William R. Hawe has left under a cloud of speculation
Optical Stock Watch: Tellabs
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2001  |  Post a comment
Crossconnect vendor seeks to diversify its product suite
MRV Misses by a Cent
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2001  |  11 comments
UPDATED: Figuring out where the holding company's revenues are coming from next is no easy task
Qwest Tidies Up Finances
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2001  |  1 comment
Qwest's raising $3.25 billion by refinancing debt. But other carriers may not have such an easy time
Startup Claims 40-Gig First
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2001  |  3 comments
Gtran Inc. has automated the manufacture of superfast electronic chips for tomorrow's transmission systems
Optical Pessimism Runs Rampant
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2001  |  6 comments
The Light Reading Index takes another beating in early trading Tuesday
Solinet Gets CEO From Cisco
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2001  |  3 comments
Scott Marshall joins startup working on long-haul transmission developments
Can Yafo Lift Speed Limits?
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2001  |  12 comments
Its PMD compensator aims to help carriers roll out big bandwidths over long distances
Ironbridge 'Sold for Parts'
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2001  |  16 comments
The remains of one ruined optical startup could bring new life to others
Unisphere Tunes Up for IPO
News Analysis  | 
2/16/2001  |  1 comment
Wall Street wants revenues and products from IPO aspirants. Unisphere has them. And it may revive Argon
ONI's Secret Weapon
News Analysis  | 
2/16/2001  |  23 comments
ONI's recent success hinges on many things -- but the key may be its impressive virtual manufacturing system
Egad Covad!
News Analysis  | 
2/16/2001  |  1 comment
Nasdaq halts trading on Covad shares as the company prepares to restate earnings
Riverstone IPO Toughs It Out
News Analysis  | 
2/16/2001  |  6 comments
It wasn't a lucky morning for a networking IPO, but Riverstone managed to get out -- and even go up UPDATED 2/16 4:10pm EST
CFRA Hits Cisco
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2001  |  14 comments
A searing financial report piles on concerns about Cisco's future
Nortel's Nasty Surprise
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2001  |  64 comments
In an alarming counterpoint to Ciena's earnings announcement, Nortel has slashed its growth estimates
Zaffire Gets Zapped
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2001  |  80 comments
FiberStreet has gone bust, one month after giving Zaffire a $20 million order
New Focus, New Laser
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2001  |  11 comments
NUFO says it's made the first widely tunable laser that's powerful enough for long-haul networks
Ciena: What Slowdown?
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2001  |  3 comments
Ciena's customers are spending in order to save, says CEO Patrick Nettles
Kleiner Readies BBO's Rebirth
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2001  |  17 comments
Some of the CLEC's assets are being siphoned into Zephion, a planned long-distance operator
Shedding Darwin on Light
Column  | 
2/15/2001  |  25 comments
Shedding Darwin on Light -- Stephen Saunders
All Eyes on Riverstone IPO
News Analysis  | 
2/14/2001  |  6 comments
A strong showing on Friday could open the door for other IPO aspirants. A feeble showing could slam it shut UPDATED 2/15 10:40am EST
JDSU: Less from More
News Analysis  | 
2/14/2001  |  Post a comment
The merger with SDL has been followed by a forecast of reduced profits
Bookham: Is the Tide Turning?
News Analysis  | 
2/14/2001  |  3 comments
Investors continued to give Bookham a hard time after its earnings announcement. Are they missing something?
Shutdowns Send Dark Message
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2001  |  83 comments
A slew of startups have gone bust recently, sending a warning that funding is getting more selective
Sycamore Dodges Cisco Flu
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2001  |  4 comments
Sycamore's earnings beat Wall Street estimates by a penny
ONI Systems Buys Finisar Folly
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2001  |  4 comments
ONI Systems buys faltering Finisar product line -- and secures a supply of components
Nortel Breaks China Record
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2001  |  2 comments
Claims $100M deal is the largest Chinese optical contract to date, but it may not hold the record long
GiantLoop Scores GiantLoot
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2001  |  4 comments
GiantLoop, an optical service provider, closes a $120M funding round UPDATED 2/13 4:30pm EST
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