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Cisco recounts recent tech advances, previews a post-pandemic pitch

As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.

News bites: II-VI sees quick gains from Finisar buy

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment, Coherent is choosing between multi-billion dollar suitors, an Alaskan region gets some fiber-based broadband and Sling has a V-Day deal.

Acacia reports revenue, profit growth as it scraps with Cisco

The components vendor said its business is growing thanks to bandwidth demands and it stands by its desire to call off its pending acquisition by Cisco.

Telia Carrier leans on pluggable optics for a simpler network

The wholesale carrier said it will use routing platforms that support 400G pluggable optics to build a faster, more manageable network.

Ciena's opex flex

Looking ahead to 2021, Ciena's CEO talks about its 800G systems, network automation and webscale supplier status as the company looks beyond the pandemic.

Ciena, Cisco could acquire NeoPhotonics – analysts

'We see a very high likelihood of NeoPhotonics being acquired by a larger optical component supplier or even by Ciena or Cisco,' wrote the financial analysts at MKM Partners.

Podcast: Cogent's Dave Schaeffer on building a better backbone

Cogent, one of the world's largest ISPs, offers customers and competitors the ability to create their own global network, across its entire footprint, while paying on a per-usage basis.

DoD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, others, for 5G testing

The US Defense Dept. is awarding a huge sum to more than a dozen companies to help create 'the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.'

Eurobites: Cellnex, Everynet combine on IoT network rollouts

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three ponders masts sale; TIM, Ardian finalize terms of Inwit deal; MTN Zambia bolsters backbone with ZTE.

COVID-19 slowing network operator capex, warns Ciena

Ciena, which counts AT&T and Verizon as top customers, warned of a pandemic-released slowdown in service provider spending. But some analysts aren't worried.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecom Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)

Seven companies, with six offerings – AT&T and Colt Technology Services; Cisco, Ericsson, Infinera, Microchip and RtBrick – made the cut in a highly competitive category.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)

Six companies – Altiostar Networks, Arrcus, Cohere Technologies, DriveNets, World Wide Technology and ZenFi Networks – made the cut in the Company of the Year (Private) category.

Eyeing $12B market, Nokia lands Apple deal for new data center switch

The Finnish vendor has today added a new switching line to its portfolio of optical and routing products, promising features that have not previously been available.

Nokia snaps up two DCI deals in China

Finnish vendor continues to build up alternative routes to growth in China and signs new deals with Tencent and Baidu.

Ciena's webscale sales show cloud growth, consistency

The optical networking firm has nine consecutive quarters with more than $100 million in direct sales to its webscale customers.

Fiber remains plentiful as Akamai builds private network backbone

Akamai began construction of a private fiber backbone three years ago. Today the effort stretches across North America, Europe and parts of Asia.

Eurobites: KKR plows $1B into European data center venture

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops lands 10G deal; ARM launches new chip to boost Android processing power; COVID-19 strikes Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu.

US agencies take aim at China Telecom

Several government agencies ask the FCC to 'revoke and terminate' China Telecom's licenses in the US, citing foreign ownership and imminent security threats.

Top telcos take TIP specs to optical hopefuls

Specifications developed by TIP's Phoenix project, which is focused on optical transponders for disaggregated systems, are to be included in an RFI from major operators.

The long-distance view of OFC: 800G and more!

Move over, 5G – we're talking 800G! As the OFC show continues, albeit minus a few big names, the optical transport sector fills the Light Reading inbox with news of technical advances and deals galore.

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