TGIF. In today's edition of Gigabites, network infrastructure gets a capex injection, Google Fiber inches forward, entrepreneurs invent new high-bandwidth applications for gigabit networks and more.
In a Prime Reading feature this week, Light Reading examined how vendors are looking at the network infrastructure market, and why they're bullish on continued capex spending. (See Don't Put a Cap on Capex Just Yet.)
In fact, despite the potential for efficiency gains with software-defined networking, many vendors see a major capex upswing underway. According to Dycom Industries Inc. , which provides contract engineering services to the telecom industry: "Calendar 2016 performance to date and outlook clearly demonstrate we are currently in the early stages of a massive investment cycle in wireline networks."
A big-time upgrade cycle is particularly evident throughout the cable industry as cablecos drive fiber deeper into their networks. Is it any wonder that network specialist Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) announced this week that it's buying up key cable access products from vendor CommScope Inc. ? Adtran wants a bigger presence in the cable market where the next several years look particularly lucrative. (See Adtran Seeks Cable Stardom With EPON Deal. )
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading