MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community

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The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0, which MEF refers to...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Markets Grows to 50, Promising Service Delivery in 20 Days

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Windstream’s focus on SDN services is intensifying, with an announcement today of a growing market footprint. Windstream SDNow markets now number 50, including major cloud connectivity and peering locations across the U.S., the company reports. Marketed as Windstream SDN Orchestrated Waves, or SDNow, Windstream is...Learn More

MRV Acquisition Helps ADVA Strengthen Cloud Access Portfolio

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An MRV acquisition by ADVA was announced on July 2. The tender offer is for $10 per share for all of MRV’s outstanding stock, which is the equivalent of $69 million. The boards of directors of both companies have approved and unanimously recommended the deal...Learn More

ECI’s Products Selected to Upgrade Rainier Connect’s Optical Transport Network to 100G

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Petach Tikvah, Israel – June 7, 2017 – ECI®, a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data center operators, in cooperation with Rainier Connect, a family-owned, telecommunications service provider offering high-speed internet, cable television and telephone services to more...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Introduces SDN Orchestration into the Cloud, Data Centers

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With Windstream SDNow, Windstream continues its push into wholesale and enterprise markets by targeting optical wave orchestration opportunities in the data center, and ultimately the cloud. SDN orchestration automates network functions, including provisioning, and removes human intervention with equipment to accomplish networking tasks, often involving...Learn More

Software Defined Capacity Aims to Make Optical Networks More Flexible

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Manufacturers continue to find novel ways of helping carriers operate their networks more efficiently, as news today from Infinera illustrates. The optical networking company launched what it is calling Infinera Instant Network, which as Infinera executive Mark Showalter explained, gives carriers the ability to “activate...Learn More

Cable ONE Business Launches 2 Gigabit Piranha Fiber Internet Service in Fargo

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January 24, 2017 — FARGO, N.D.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fargo-area businesses can now enjoy up to 2 gigabits per second of symmetrical Internet speed with the launch of Cable ONE Business’s new service, Piranha Fiber – Ferociously Fast Internet. “Piranha Fiber is the first 2 gigabit shared fiber...Learn More

Optical Transport Equipment Revenue Forecast to Hit $15B by 2021

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Strong interest in wave division multiplexing (WDM) on the part of network operators and key players in industry verticals, e.g. IT and data centers, will create a $15 billion optical transport equipment market by 2021, according to an optical transport equipment revenue forecast from Dell’Oro Group....Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

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Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical...Learn More

Windstream Adopts SDN Wavelength Management

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Windstream is using software defined networking (SDN) to automate delivery of managed wavelength services across its multi-vendor optical network. The SDN wavelength management capability is made possible by equipment from Ciena supporting Blue Planet orchestration software. According to a press release, the SDN attributes of...Learn More

Facebook Over the Air Optical Technology Looks Promising

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Researchers at Facebook’s Internet.org Connectivity Lab have developed a new means of detecting over the air optical signals that could pave the way for optical wireless networks to replace today’s wireless information and telecommunications network infrastructure, which makes use of radio and microwaves, according to...Learn More

ITU-T 40 Gbps PON FTTP Standard Moves Ahead

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The next generation of passive optical networks is moving ahead with ITU-T approval of the ITU-T G.989 series of standards for 40 Gbps PON and first-stage approval (“consent”) of ITU-T G.989.2 Amendment 1. The standards, also known as NG-PON2, represent a major milestone, as the...Learn More

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