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Key developments from the optical components sector, including lasers, transceivers and specialty cables.
By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 5/8/2015
Like a cat with nine lives that already has used up three or four of them, Sorrento Networks is back.
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 5/7/2015
The judging process for the Leading Lights 2015 awards program is over -- we had hundreds of entries -- and the shortlists for all 24 categories have been published. ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/24/2015
Broadband access infrastructure vendor Adtran may have had a setback at AT&T this week but it has a new access product in development that, in the future, might open ...
By Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/9/2015
Infinera has made a $350 million offer to buy Sweden's Transmode as it looks to broaden its portfolio of optical networking products and bolster its presence outside ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/2/2015
LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2015 -- OFC, or the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition to give it its expanded name, is the annual get-together of the optical ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/2/2015
LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2015 -- The OFC event brought together many different types of companies from around the world, with one unifying technology/topic/trend -- optical.
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 3/30/2015
There are plenty of industry awards but very few worth winning. A Leading Lights award from Light Reading is definitely worth winning because it's a true reflection ...
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By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 3/25/2015
LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2015 -- Count Facebook among the companies that would like to see more consolidation in the optical components sector, particularly in the rapidly ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 3/23/2015
LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2015 -- Optical transport efficiency, in particular for the data center interconnect market, looks set to be the hottest topic at this year's ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 3/19/2015
Has your company had an outstanding past 12 months? Have you developed a product, service or strategy that deserves the very highest industry honor? Then you need to ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/18/2015
The pace of consolidation in the semiconductor space doesn't appear to be slowing as Microsemi announced Wednesday it will acquire Vitesse in a deal worth $389 ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/17/2015
DENVER -- Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies -- The explosion in bandwidth demand is not merely requiring network operators to add capacity to their networks ...
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Leading Lights 2015: The Finalists
Ray Le Maistre , Editor-in-chief , 5/7/2015
Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights ...
MACOM Remains Laser-Focused on Semiconductors
Dan O'Shea , Managing Editor , 3/11/2015
Following a frantic acquisition spree, MACOM has broadened its semiconductor ...
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Chip packaging may not make many headlines but is critical in components ...
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How's the market for optical systems and components? Light Reading takes its ...
From The Founder
Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
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Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

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For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
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Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

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Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

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Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
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Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

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Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
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The Security Challenge of SDN

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CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
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NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

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Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
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Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

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Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
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The Transport SDN Buzz

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Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
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Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
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Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

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Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
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DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
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Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

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Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
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