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Podcast: Ciena's CEO Sets Sail for Growth
CxO Spotlight | 9/10/2019

Ciena CEO Gary Smith said that M&A is always a possibility as the company looks to build its software business while managing the growth of its optical platform sales to web-scale companies.

Ciena CEO: Carriers No Longer Hooked on Huawei
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

International operators are set to ween themselves off Huawei, claims Ciena CEO Gary Smith.

Web-Scale Business Fuels Ciena's Growth but Stock Takes a Hit
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Transport gear and software vendor reports year-on-year revenue growth of more than 17% to $960.6 million, with a hefty chunk of revenues coming from web-scale customers, but investors reacted negatively to outlook.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, Software AG Team Up for IoT Expansion
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone boss takes a GB pound 1.2 million pay cut; BT may cut its dividend to fund fiber rollout; ADVA connects in Kuwait.

Epsilon Revamps Its Back Office to Support Pivot to Enterprise Services
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/10/2019

International wholesale operator wants to play a bigger role with enterprise customers but adding services such as data center interconnect and SD-WAN requires additional operational and business support tools.

Cisco to Buy Acacia for Pluggable Optical Goodness
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Cisco said it would buy Acacia and the components vendor's current optical transport customers need not worry. The move is seen as positive overall, but one analyst explained why Arista should probably be more concerned than ADVA.

India's Tejas Targets Big Gains in US
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

The optical equipment maker spies international opportunity in Huawei's problems.

Ciena Keeps Its Foot on the Gas in Q2
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

For its fiscal quarter ended April 30, Ciena showed more growth and some customer diversification, while continuing to add to its software portfolio.

A Coherent Take on NGON & DCI World
LRTV Interviews | 5/23/2019

Heavy Reading's optical guru Sterling Perrin highlights some key trends from the NGON & DCI World event in Nice, including 'Beyond Coherent,' what 400ZR really means for the market, the latest on 5G transport and the FUDfest that is Huawei.

Follow the Money: Optical Trends From NGON 2019
News Analysis | 5/22/2019

The opening sessions of this year's NGON & DCI World event in Nice focused on money matters and automation but there was little appetite to discuss the impact of global trade tensions and the US clampdown on Huawei's supply line.

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecoms Product
News Analysis | 5/4/2019

There are 11 (yes, count them!) shortlisted entries in this year's category for Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH).

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Outstanding Components Vendor
News Analysis | 5/2/2019

Acacia Communications, Finisar, ProLabs, Source Photonics and Xilinx all submitted standout entries for the Outstanding Components Vendor category in this year's Leading Lights contest.

In Search of Optical Networking's 'Holy Grail'
Column | 3/25/2019

The optical networking industry is at another inflection point, writes James Kisner, and the chalice some companies drink from next could point the way to everlasting revenue growth.

Optical Networks for the Next Decade
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/18/2019

The ON2020 group is looking to address the optical transport challenges presented by the predicted surge in user traffic on carrier networks.

Had a Great Year? Then Enter the Leading Lights Awards
News Analysis | 3/15/2019

Not entered yet? Then get a move on... there are only days left to submit your entries.

Optical M&A: OFC 2019 Is a Couples Retreat, Not a Singles Cruise
Column | 3/6/2019

More acquisition activity in the optical space is inevitable, but it might not happen for a while until some newly coupled companies get to know each other just a little bit more.

Eurobites: Analyst Upgrades Ericsson as Huawei Backlash Intensifies
News Analysis | 12/20/2018

In today's regional roundup: Huawei's troubles could be good news for Ericsson; Enea lines up another acquisition; Orange Business Services lands smart meter IoT deal; Ciena heads to the UK countryside; and more Ericsson.

Podcast: Ciena CEO Gary Smith Plans for More Growth
The Philter | 12/19/2018

With its competitors stumbling, its largest customers remaining stable and its markets outside of telecom growing, Ciena is enjoying relatively smooth sailing in CEO Smith's 17th year at the helm.

Cisco Sees Optics Innovation, Manufacturing Automation in Luxtera
News Analysis | 12/18/2018

Why spend more than $600M on a company that makes optical transceivers? It wasn't just one product, but an entire automated manufacturing process that may help Cisco stay ahead of future bandwidth bottlenecks.

Infinera Restructures as It Absorbs Coriant
News Analysis | 12/14/2018

The optical networking vendor said in a filing with the SEC that it will take a charge against earnings related to severance and other related costs.

Cisco Renews Service Provider Focus at Partner Summit 2018
LRTV Documentaries | 11/20/2018

Light Reading's Mitch Wagner filed this report from Las Vegas, where he spoke to enterprise partners, telco CTOs and Cisco executives about the emergence of IoT, AI and 5G - and how those technologies are reshaping networking.

Ciena: Scale for the Future, Support the Legacy
News Analysis | 10/17/2018

New initiatives bring IP onto the platform for end-to-end services up to Layer 3 but also support remaining base of TDM offerings better.

ECOC 2018 Optical Workshop Delivers Compelling Vision
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/9/2018

Further innovation is needed if optical transport networks are to support traffic growth and there was plenty of evidence at a recent ECOC workshop that key work is already underway.

Telia Carrier Vies to Be Prime Cloud Connector
News Analysis | 10/5/2018

Cloud connections, not video or 5G, will be the global network operator's growth drive.

The New Infinera Is Already on Edge
The Philter | 10/1/2018

Infinera closed its acquisition of Coriant today, creating one of the world's largest optical networking providers with 600 customers around the world. But talk of a major account challenge mounted by Ciena sent the company's stock tumbling more than 15%.

Will Coherent DSP Control Reshape the Optical Vendor Landscape?
Column | 9/20/2018

Coherent DSPs for 400Gbit/s and beyond could be the catalyst for a re-shaping of the optical vendor landscape, believes Serge Melle.

Upgrades & Upheaval at the Service Provider Edge
The Philter | 9/11/2018

Cisco announces a stronger, better, faster version of its edge routing platform, the ASR 9000 series and, in doing so, reminds us that there's a lot at stake with the arrival of 5G networks.

5G Is Shifting the Packet/Optical Tectonic Plates
Shades of Ray | 9/6/2018

Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.

Ciena CEO: We're Killin' It!
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

Sales are up 12%, stock is up more than 13% and CEO Gary Smith's excitement level is through the roof.

Eurobites: M&A Rumor Links ADVA With ECI
News Analysis | 8/24/2018

Also in today's regional roundup: Gigabit broadband battle in Poland; Russians mull non-domestic Internet company tax; Dutch payment venfor on the tear; IBM's coffee drone.

Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
CxO Spotlight | 8/16/2018

One way to look at how much the industry is changing is to spend some time with an executive - and a company - that has stuck to the same formula and industry view for almost 20 years.

Dumb Networks, Not Just Dumb Pipes
The Philter | 8/9/2018

The CEO of one of the largest ISPs in the world isn't so keen to use artificial intelligence to manage its network. He just doesn't need it.

Acacia Spies Return of ZTE Revenues
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

With the ZTE sales ban now lifted, optical components specialist Acacia is expecting a bump in second half sales and that's given its stock a welcome boost.

Infinera's Integration Situation Needs More Explanation
The Philter | 7/25/2018

Infinera's proposed purchase of Coriant for $430 million sounds like a small price for lots of upside. But the integration will be a challenge – this tasty-sounding deal could go together like mustard and pancakes.

Infinera, Coriant Hear a $430M Siren Song of Synergy
News Analysis | 7/23/2018

Infinera has offered to acquire Coriant for $430 million in cash and stock but the deal is truly complementary, not just a cost-cutting exercise, both companies say.

Digging Deeper Into Three UK's Transformation Program
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/20/2018

UK mobile operator Three UK is undergoing a revamp of its radio access network and supporting IT systems.

ECI Reportedly Planning a London IPO
News Analysis | 7/18/2018

After 10 years of private ownership, Israeli media reports suggest optical transport specialist ECI Telecom is planning to list its stock again in a move that would value the company at about $650 million.

Coherent Optics Get Close to the Edge
Column | 7/17/2018

Why it makes sense for cable operators to distribute coherent packet-optical technology to the cable network edge.

Eurobites: Comcast Ups Its Bid for Sky
News Analysis | 7/12/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT shareholders revolt over Patterson's package; ECI lands backbone deal in Lithuania; Exponential-e tackles multicloud.

5G Backhaul Vendors Have Opportunity, Work to Do
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/6/2018

More than half the communications services providers surveyed for this report expect to have 5G backhaul ready by 2020, even though they still do not know which vendors they plan to use for this step.

NGON: The Software Tide Creeps Up on Optical
LRTV Documentaries | 7/2/2018

Quick, someone move those damn sunbeds further away from the water! Ray Le Maistre hits the beach in Nice to wax lyrical on what this year's NGON event has been all about: transport for 5G and the deployment of software in optical networks.

Telia Carrier Embraces Automation
News Analysis | 6/27/2018

Automation may be a hot topic, but which manual processes are actually being handed over to the machines? At Telia Carrier, the optical service management team is set to automate a performance management task.

Ciena CTO: Next Optical Transport Leap Rides on Analytics & Network Intelligence
CxO Spotlight | 6/27/2018

Ciena's Steve Alexander explains Ciena's strategy for injecting analytics and intelligence into the network, why the company acquired Packet Design and why Ciena is setting its sights on the Indian and Asian markets.

CableLabs: New Optical Spec Almost Here
News Analysis | 6/18/2018

Cable R&D group is prepping its Full Duplex Coherent Optics effort to vastly increase the fiber capacity in the cable access network.

Ciena CTO Says No to Skynet, Advocates Adaptive Networks
CxO Spotlight | 6/14/2018

Ciena CTO Steve Alexander explains why some operators are leery of fully autonomous networks, and how Ciena is collaborating with carriers to prepare for 5G deployments with platforms like the Adaptive Network.

Acacia, Oclaro in Optical Module Land Grab
News Analysis | 6/5/2018

Module vendors team up to develop interoperable coherent 100G and 200G modules that, they hope, will help them corner the lion's share of the telco metro optical market.

Ciena Snaps Up Automation Expert Packet Design, Suffers Margins Glitch
News Analysis | 5/31/2018

Ciena announces disappointing fiscal second quarter margins and the proposed acquisition of automated IP network optimization and analytics specialist Packet Design.

CenturyLink Exec: Enterprise Success Is All About the Network
News Analysis | 5/14/2018

Ed Morche says the company will continue to invest in wireline infrastructure and focus on the best on-net service experience.

Trump Tweets on ZTE… & Gives the Chinese Vendor a Lifeline!
News Analysis | 5/13/2018

US President cites loss of Chinese jobs as key reason for a reprieve... but US jobs were at risk too.

WiC Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Female Tech Pioneer of the Year
Que Sera Sarah | 5/9/2018

Heavy hitters in cable, open source and optical networking make up the five women who are shortlisted for the Hedy Lamarr-inspired Female Tech Pioneer of the Year category.

ONF Cracks Open Optical Networking
News Analysis | 5/2/2018

Latest initiative, ODTN Project, takes aim at integrated optical networking gear with disaggregation, open source software.

ZTE in Existential Crisis as It Slams 'Unfair' US Ban, Considers 'Judicial Measures'
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

ZTE hits back at US Dept. of Commerce's 'denial order' that bans US component firms from selling to the Chinese vendor for seven years, raises prospect of 'judicial measures' and questions its own survival.

Eurobites: Google's Nest Eyes Nokia's Withings
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lycamobile strikes WiFi deal; French government trials home-grown WhatsApp; Com Hem profits down.

US Govt. Bans Domestic Component Sales to ZTE
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

As part of an ongoing dispute, the US Department of Commerce bans component sales to ZTE.

Optical on the Up: OFC 2018
News Analysis | 4/2/2018

The optical community was buzzing at this year's OFC event, fueled in part by 5G expectations and developments from the likes of Ciena, Coriant, Infinera, Nokia and NeoPhotonics.

Why You Need to Join Me in Austin for BCE
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2018

Austin, Texas, is the place to be May 14-16 when Light Reading will host BCE 2018 and dig deep into automation, security, machine learning, the impact of open source, intent-based networking, 'the edge', SD-WAN, IoT and more... Join me at the Big Communications Event (BCE) -- for more information, click here.

Looking to the Future With ON2020: An OFC Perspective
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/27/2018

The ON2020 panel at this year's OFC provided insight into the challenges faced by network operators and the technologies that will be required in future optical networks.

Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...

#OFC2018: The Holy Grail of Ethernet
LRTV Interviews | 3/19/2018

At OFC 2018, Ethernet Alliance Chairman John D'Ambrosia explains why he's brought not one, but two holy grails to the show, and what heroic deeds must be completed in order to obtain them.

#OFC2018 Recap: 600G & Beyond
LRTV Interviews | 3/16/2018

As one of the optical industry's key jamborees drew to a close, Heavy Reading senior analyst and optical networking industry celebrity Sterling Perrin discussed developments in 600G transport, probabilistic constellation shaping and other key trends from this year's OFC.

China Telecom Eyes 2M+ Basestations for 5G
News Analysis | 3/14/2018

Chinese operator believes it will need to deploy more than 2 million basestations to provide its 5G coverage as it appeals to the optical community for more innovation that can help support the expected 5G and cloud traffic loads.

Lumentum Sweeps Up Oclaro in $1.8B Deal
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

It was the PIC of the bunch! Lumentum sends the OFC crowds into a frenzy with a $1.8B optical components marriage.

Move Over, 200G: How & Why We're Ready for the Rise of 400G
Column | 3/9/2018

The shift to 400G is not only imminent but possible, argues Ciena's Helen Xenos.

Cisco on the Packet-Optical Prowl – Rumor
News Analysis | 3/8/2018

There's talk swirling the optical transport sector that Cisco is window-shopping for a packet-optical transport systems specialist.

400G Achieves Significant Market Availability
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/8/2018

As demand for 100G to 400G network interfaces grows, companies are meeting the challenge and many operators are already making the transition to 400G.

Time's Running Out: Enter the Leading Lights Awards Now!
News Analysis | 3/7/2018

There are only a few weeks left to enter this year's Leading Lights awards, so don't delay!

Calder: GTT+Interoute Ready to Rumble
News Analysis | 3/2/2018

Two companies with history as industry disruptors come together into a more powerful challenge, says GTT CEO Rick Calder.

GTT Snaps Up Interoute for $2.3B
News Analysis | 2/27/2018

There was significant interest in acquiring Interoute but the winning bid for the cloud-savvy network operator came from GTT.

Verizon Deployment Will Trigger Bids for Sedona – Analyst
News Analysis | 1/26/2018

Being deployed in Verizon's production network is a massive endorsement for network controller startup Sedona Systems, and one that will likely start a bidding war for the company.

Verizon Turns to Sedona for Transport SDN Management & Automation Smarts
News Analysis | 1/23/2018

Transport network management startup Sedona Networks is deployed and in production in Verizon's network, enabling the operator to introduce automated processes, the companies have confirmed.

Eurobites: Telefónica Sets Up 5G 'Living Labs'
News Analysis | 1/22/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook evangelizes in Europe; Telia Carrier lands Costa Rican contract; Deutsche Telekom takes IoT offer to Brazil.

Optical White Box? Fuggedaboutit!
LRTV Interviews | 12/20/2017

If you're going to talk to Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin about optical disaggregation, be sure to light his touch paper by throwing in a reference to the optical white box phenomenon.

Blue Planet Shines for Ciena, as Vendor Digs Into Network Automation
News Analysis | 12/7/2017

CFO says acquisition to boost the software business could be a possibility in 2018.

MEF Goes Global With Its Latest Specs Effort
News Analysis | 11/14/2017

Industry body's MEF 3.0 initiative goes beyond Carrier Ethernet specs to focus on how service providers interconnect to deliver next-gen offerings.

MEF 3.0 Goes Agile, Incremental
News Analysis | 11/13/2017

New specs will be released incrementally, and certification will become a subscription-based process.

Eurobites: Western Operators Lining Pockets of Africa's Super-Rich – Report
News Analysis | 11/13/2017

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom's H1 revenues rise; new 100G link between China and Russia; du's buys into IoT messaging platform.

Facebook's TIP Expands Its Influence, Except in the US
News Analysis | 11/9/2017

The Telecom Infra Project is moving into areas such as AI and network slicing, as founder Facebook pushes universal connectivity.

Ciena Powers Up at the Edge
News Analysis | 11/9/2017

New edge access and aggregation boxes promise greater capacity and future-proof path to adding compute power.

Eurobites: Police Raid Vivendi's Paris Office
News Analysis | 10/6/2017

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt expands Asia-Pacific network with Ciena; Telefonica integrates security features with Microsoft Azure; Ofcom clamps down on broadband ads.

Data Centers Driving Aqua Comms' Expansion
News Analysis | 9/29/2017

As hyperscale players grow data center infrastructure globally, subsea cable operator is expanding to meet that connectivity need.

Transport SDN's Time Has Come
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/26/2017

Demand calls for another optical transport evolution, this time in the management of optical network resources.

2017 Storms May Mean Network Rethink
News Analysis | 9/21/2017

Data center operator says cables and landing stations aren't impacted but where the traffic goes next might be.

Level 3 Beefs Up Optical Security
News Analysis | 9/19/2017

Wave encryption service offers standardized approach for securing data traffic in transit at the optical layer.

ADVA Feels Q3 Squeeze, to Cut 10% of Staff
News Analysis | 8/30/2017

As the vendor prepares to cut 10% of its headcount following the acquisition of MRV, lower than expected orders hit the vendor's Q3 sales and margin numbers.

Infinera Shares Sink Along With Q3 Outlook
News Analysis | 8/4/2017

Infinera can't wait for CenturyLink and Level 3 to finish that merger.

100G Growth Fuels Race to 400G & Beyond
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/24/2017

Widespread deployment of 100G connections in data centers and across networks is driving demand for 400G solutions and funding development of 400G components.

ADVA Takes a Haircut as It Warns of Tough H2
News Analysis | 7/20/2017

ADVA's share price takes a 15% hit following an earnings report that cited 'turbulent times' and a 'subdued' sales outlook but there won't be any job cuts, the CEO says.

Get Ready for Direct Detect 100G for Metro DCI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/20/2017

Challenging the dominance of coherent detection, direct detection modulation has re-emerged as an economically viable option in metro data center interconnection (DCI).

ADVA CEO: How We Can Capitalize on MRV Deal
News Analysis | 7/3/2017

ADVA's CEO Brian Protiva believes the acquisition of fellow optical and carrier Ethernet vendor MRV can deliver key Tier 1 accounts, upsell opportunities and immediate bottom-line gains.

ADVA Swoops for MRV in 'Strategic' $69M Bid
News Analysis | 7/3/2017

Optical giant ADVA aims to gather more customers outside Europe.

Colt's CTO on Connecting the Cloud
LRTV Interviews | 6/30/2017

Colt CTO Rajiv Datta talks about the impact of SDN and NFV, how data centers are now at the core of the telecoms ecosystem and how network and services evolution is being built around enterprise demands.

Infinera's Metro Power Play
News Analysis | 6/13/2017

Optical vendor beefs up the metro platform it brought on board with the Transmode acquisition and says there are still plans to add PIC technology to the XTM system.

Ciena Takes a Broad View of Diversity
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 6/7/2017

Building the best team at Ciena and opening up new market opportunities means incorporating diversity of all kinds, according to its director of business development, Emmanuelle Cahane.

Is Ciena in Breakaway Mode?
News Analysis | 6/1/2017

CEO sees today's positive financial results as proof its long-term investment strategy is paying off during an industry shakeout period.

Calix Touts Channel Bonding for NG-PON2
News Analysis | 5/23/2017

Successful demo paves way for adding bandwidth more easily and combining business, backhaul and residential services on access fiber.

Windstream Brings SDN to Wavelengths
News Analysis | 5/22/2017

New SDNow service first of company's new offers and targets wholesale market linking data centers, carrier hotels and PoPs.

Edge Content Drives Telia Carrier Expansion
News Analysis | 5/16/2017

New routes and new PoPs in Milan help its customers push their content closer to the end users in multiple markets.

Leading Lights 2017 Finalists: Outstanding Components Vendor
News Analysis | 5/12/2017

Check out which companies made this year's components award shortlist and why.

Tough Start to 2017 for Infinera
News Analysis | 5/5/2017

Optical vendor is still suffering from pricing pressure and customers' capex constraints.

Eurobites: BICS bags TeleSign for $230M
News Analysis | 4/25/2017

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 IPO rumor resurfaces; Orange teams up with Facebook on accelerator program; Telekom Austria's Q1; CityFibre's full year.

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