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Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity

Metro-Optix Inc.'s metropolitan networking gear is having its tires kicked by some big service providers, Light Reading has observed.

During a recent visit to the company's Allen, Texas-based headquarters, Light Reading noted that representatives from WorldCom Inc. (Nasdaq: WCOM) and Genuity Inc. (Nasdaq: GENU) were putting Metro-Optix's CityStream box through its paces in the labs. Genuity will be moving into field trials soon, according to one Metro-Optix lab worker.

Another Metro-Optix employee coyly confirmed that the company would start shipping units to a third service provider -- "a top-tier IXC" -- next week for lab trials.

CityStream is a metro switch and aggregation device that handles Sonet/ADM, ATM, IP, and DWDM traffic.

Of course, trials are nothing more than tryouts and don't necessarily mean that Metro-Optix has won or is going to win any new business. But the service providers in its lab are noteworthy, considering that the firm only announced general availability in February. It is also facing a gaggle of competitors, including Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), which says it has shipped more than 25,000 units of its competing product.

The question is whether Metro-Optix has what it takes to stand out in the crowded metro pack. A March 14 research note by Salomon Smith Barney analyst Alex Henderson says “over 20 vendors” were in the running for a Genuity metro contract. Henderson’s note states that Genuity eliminated Redback Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: RBAK), Cyras Systems Inc., Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), and Fujitsu Ltd. (KLS: FUJI.KL) from consideration. Metro-Optix and ONI Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ONIS) were Genuity’s top picks, with Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) and Cisco in the running as alternates, Henderson writes.

Metro-Optix declined to comment on its unannounced customers or anything observed in its labs.

“We're doing a lot of testing in many labs, and I can't confirm or deny whether we're testing with Metro-Optix,” says a WorldCom spokesperson.

“We're not going to comment specifically about Metro-Optix, but it's not uncommon for us to be testing other companies' equipment,” says a Genuity representative.

-- Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading http://www.lightreading.com
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sonet49er 12/4/2012 | 8:37:47 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity Of course Metro-Optix has a prominent ad on the home page. Is it a coincidence that a positive article is also present?
Scott Raynovich 12/4/2012 | 8:37:46 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity I think you've just scraped the tip of the iceberg with your brilliant conspiracy theory. Hey look, there's a Ford ad on page B12 of the NYT and they wrote a positive article on Ford on B4! And then, in Vanity fair, there's a puff piece on a Paramount Pictures film and there's a Paramount ad on page 26!! Can you believe that Vogue is accepting advertising from DKNY!? And look at BusinessWeek--they take advertising from Chrysler, which trades on the NYSE!!!! It's all one huuuge conspiracy!!!!
censorMe 12/4/2012 | 8:37:46 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity The LR staff has taken away my rights to post here. They removed my (original)name and account. Paranoia is running deep!! I was critical of your pathetic and useless story about Metro Optix. How they are an advertiser and the story you wrote had no substance whatsoever, Phil Harvey shame on you for such a lazy story!! So lightreading is now going to pull all posts that are critical of them? Scott shame on you! I guess the bubble has burst here too. You guys started out trying to do something neat, but when you can't criticise you without being removed...we'll ...I don't even know what to say... If you start editing your boards....talk about trying to manipulate the news, Commrades welcome to the Red Army!!....i really, really hope the rumors of you guys getting sued are true.
runner 12/4/2012 | 8:37:45 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity Scott, I'm with you. Does this chucklehead really think your job is to provide him with free content? Your site is exactly how every journalistic endeavor functions. He doesn't speak for us all.
Scott Raynovich 12/4/2012 | 8:37:45 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity Paranoia only exists when there is something imagined, or unreal going on. This is real. We remove any posts that don't add significantly, on an intellectual or technical level, to the debate on optical networking. It's called editing--our value add.

I'll leave this post here and allow others to vote on whether it's a good post or not.

What does everybody else think?
sonet49er 12/4/2012 | 8:37:44 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity Coincidence is not conspiracy.

Sometimes it's as you pointed out a coincidence.

My apologies if I offended. I think we are all losing enough money on our investments in optical companies that we are all a little edgy.
censorMe 12/4/2012 | 8:37:44 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity So calling Phil Harvey on a very lazy story has no value? it does to me. When LR tries to boost one of it's advertisers by writing a fluff story for them. ( value add? value to who? the reader?)..we are supposed to just read it and say how nice? We are not supposed to respond ? Not only did you remove my original post, you removed my account and I could not respond until i created a new name? How childish is that? Scott, it is more clear than ever that you just don't get it. You are dealing with peoples lives and their livilyhoods. Your little "added value" of boosting advertisers with fluffy stories MIGHT be fine with you, but every boost you give, someone lese from light readins is writing a scathing story about a non advertising company. what should we call that ? value drop? Oh and by the way Scott...you pais Phil way to much for the original story...it was really bad, it adds nothing on the technical or intellectual level...maybe you should pull that to!
Formerly, light_on_dude , now know as censorMe
optinuts 12/4/2012 | 8:37:44 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity scott,
reporting bias is such a recurring theme on your boards that you have to address it in more than just tit-for-tat terms.

for example, it might be useful to state a LR editorial policy. is it written anywhere that LR doesn't bias its reporting on the basis of sponsorship?
censorMe 12/4/2012 | 8:37:43 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity Scott, Why don't you put back my original post...then have the readers "vote" on whether that was a good post or not???
Scott Raynovich 12/4/2012 | 8:37:43 PM
re: Metro-Optix Lures WorldCom, Genuity This can also be found in the "About Us" section
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