10:30 AM -- Simon Leopold, telecom equipment analyst at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. , sent the following note to the firm's clients and media this morning:
It is with great sorrow that we announce Paul Bonenfant, my colleague, passed away yesterday. He suffered a heart attack over the weekend and was unable to recover.
Paul joined Morgan Keegan in 2005 and was a senior research analyst in the equity research department covering the technology sector. Paul and I began working together nearly 20 years ago at Bellcore [now Telcordia Technologies Inc. ] and headed in separate directions when Paul went to Lucent and later was at start-up Photuris before working together again five years ago.
We'll all remember Paul for his serious nature and sharp wit; he will surely be missed.
Very sad news, and surprising. Paul was a serious guy in a fun way, if that makes any sense -- I really enjoyed chatting with him at OFC every year, usually outside during the OSA Exec Forum receptions.
He'll be missed. My condolences to his family.
one of the shining lights in the analyst community, he would look past the obvious. his notes were thorough, and he stuck to his guns on what he believed to be true. a great loss to the optical community.
As one of the few (perhaps only) analysts that had actually worked at an optical company, Paul had expertise far exceeding that of any of us other analysts. He was also just an all-around good guy. Paul was taken away before his time, and the industry is now missing one of its shining lights.
At #CES2020, Jeff Baumgartner reports on streaming video deals that include broadband service providers as key distribution partners. Maybe this is the silver lining as traditional pay-TV keeps losing subscribers.
The optical networking leader is pounding the table for webscale providers and telcos to move straight to 800G in the coming year, minimizing the competitive momentum of several vendors in the 600G space.