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In Search of Optical Networking's 'Holy Grail'

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

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

Optical Networking Gets the Football Pulled Away Again

Like Lucy always does to Charlie Brown, 5G is likely another new technology that teased optical networking vendors with massive, sustained spending, then quickly yanked back expectations.

5G Transport, 400ZR Star at OFC19

Heavy Reading's optical expert Sterling Perrin discusses some of the major trends in transport network technology at this year's OFC event in San Diego.

Optical M&A: OFC 2019 Is a Couples Retreat, Not a Singles Cruise

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.

Optical on the Up: OFC 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.

Looking to the Future With ON2020: An OFC Perspective

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.

#OFC2018: The Holy Grail of Ethernet

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

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

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

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

Infinera Shifts Up a Gear With Its Latest Optical Engine

Vendor unveils the latest iteration of its Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) and ramps up its R&D cycle.

Nokia Pushes Optical to the Limit

The Shannon limit, that is, claiming its Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset takes optical channels close to the maximum theoretical capacity.

ON2020 Shares Operator Visions for the Future of Optical Networking at OFC 2018

ON2020 is running a workshop at OFC where speakers from leading operators will share their visions and discuss roadmaps for optical networking.

EXFO's Mixed Bag: Sales Up, a New CEO, Stock Slumps

Test vendor has plenty of positives to talk about but investors were expecting better, it seems.

Ekinops Eyes $64M Takeover of OneAccess

Optical equipment specialist says the deal will open up virtualization opportunities and give it access to Tier 1 service providers.

ON2020 Plots Future of ROADMs & T-SDN

The ON2020 association held its first public workshop last week at OFC, focusing on directions for ROADM development and the future of transport SDN and optical networking.

OFC & Hyperscale: A Good Mix?

Cloud and telecom players want different types of equipment for their networks, as the chatter at OFC reveals.

With ROADMs in Place, Next Step Is Software

Big achievements in ROADM hardware are here. Now we need software and automation to help run these newly complex networks.

Cloud Boom, Virtualization Benefit Data Center Vendors

The vendor community is responding to the need for greater innovation both within and beyond the data center.

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