New CableLabs Spec Targets Fiber Capacity Needs as Cable MSOs Migrate to Full Duplex

Cable industry consortium CableLabs has introduced the Point-to-Point Coherent Optics specification, which it says will increase fiber capacity by a factor of ten. Coherent optics uses amplitude, phase and polarization to dramatically increase capacity. CableLabs says that the new specification can be used to push...Learn More

Juniper Exec on Metro Network Evolution: Not Just Transport Any More

Moving forward, metro networks will be less about transport and more about being service-centric, said Juniper Networks Director of Product Marketing Management Donyel Jones-Williams in an interview. Juniper today announced three products that will play a key role in supporting the company’s vision for metro...Learn More

AT&T Embracing Open ROADM, Dallas is First Up

AT&T is moving open ROADM and optical SDN initiatives from the test and demonstration phase to deployment. The first uses of the platform will be in Dallas, the carrier announced last week. The Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology aims to automatically manage and adjust...Learn More

Purdue University Chooses Smithville Fiber for Major Project

Purdue University will be using technology from Smithville Fiber’s advanced core network to increase connectivity performance from its West Lafayette campus to the WestGate@CraneTechnology Park. Smithville Fiber is the largest independent telecom company in Indiana. This new network architecture provides multiprotocol label switching to the...Learn More

Verizon 400G Trial Demonstrates Interoperability, Juniper and Ciena Platforms First Up

Verizon says it has successfully completed a field trial using 400 Gbps Ethernet speeds on a single wavelength. The Verizon 400G trial used MPLS core routers over a packet-optical network. The trial is believed to be an industry first. This trial demonstrated interoperability of equipment...Learn More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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