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.
The ON2020 group is looking to address the optical transport challenges presented by the predicted surge in user traffic on carrier networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was the PIC of the bunch! Lumentum sends the OFC crowds into a frenzy with a $1.8B optical components marriage.
Vendor unveils the latest iteration of its Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) and ramps up its R&D cycle.
The Shannon limit, that is, claiming its Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset takes optical channels close to the maximum theoretical capacity.
ON2020 is running a workshop at OFC where speakers from leading operators will share their visions and discuss roadmaps for optical networking.
Test vendor has plenty of positives to talk about but investors were expecting better, it seems.
Optical equipment specialist says the deal will open up virtualization opportunities and give it access to Tier 1 service providers.
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.
Cloud and telecom players want different types of equipment for their networks, as the chatter at OFC reveals.
Big achievements in ROADM hardware are here. Now we need software and automation to help run these newly complex networks.
The vendor community is responding to the need for greater innovation both within and beyond the data center.