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ETSI turns to AI to tackle network complexity

Created May 9, 2017

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute, ETSI, has set up an industry specification group to investigate how artificial intelligence (AI) could help tackle the growing complexity of networks.

“With the advent of network functions virtualisation and software-defined networking, we can see the eventuality that network management is going to get very much more complicated,” says Ray Forbes, convenor of the ETSI Industry Specification Group, Experimental Network Intelligence (ISG-ENI).



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Next evolution in IoT will be ‘sentient’ tools, cognition and predictive computing

Created May 8, 2017

Growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, as evidenced by increasing launches, investments and partnerships, will accelerate in 2017 with the commercialisation of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). This cellular communications technology uses licensed spectrum and offers a standardised low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) that can capture previously untapped segments of the market.

Further, machine learning and blockchain technologies are being integrated with different industries, such as financial services and energy. In Europe, IoT connections are set to exceed nine billion by 2021. Dedicated venture funds for IoT development will help create an ecosystem that is conducive to the growth of startups in the region.



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Mellanox reports first quarter of 2017 results

Created May 8, 2017

Mellanox Technologies has announced its financial results for its first quarter of 2017. The company stated, “Our first quarter Ethernet revenues grew across all product families sequentially, driven by the adoption of our 25/50/100 gigabit solutions. We expect 2017 to be a growth year for Mellanox.”

The company supplies end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability.



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Oclaro announces ‘record’ third quarter results

Created May 8, 2017

Optical communications systems developer Oclaro has presented positive financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2017, which ended April 1, 2017.

Revenues were $162.2 million for the quarter, compared with $153.9 million in Q2 2017, and $101.1 million in Q3 2016. Gross margin was 41.6% for Q3, compared with 39.8% in Q22017, and 27.2% in Q3 2016.



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Adva demonstrates ‘first’ 32G Fibre Channel transmission over 100km

Created May 8, 2017

Adva Optical Networking (“Adva”) has transmitted 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel over 100km in a joint field trial with Brocade. The industry-first demonstration utilized Brocade X6 directors together with the Adva’s FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform.

The company said that this trial shows the capabilities of Adva’s data center interconnect (DCI) technology to interoperate seamlessly with Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel products. The joint solution will offer what the partners call “unrivaled value” to enterprise customers, addressing their need for higher speeds in the data center and enabling a smooth transition to flash-based storage solutions.



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Aggressive growth forecast for passive markets

Created May 5, 2017

Two new market research reports are predicting vibrant growth in the global passive optical equipment markets.

In its ‘Passive Optical LAN Market Research Report: Global Forecast to 2022’, Market Research Future (MRFR) reckons the worldwide passive optical LAN market could be worth $50 billion by 2022.  That market will be majorly driven by considerations such as large investments made by governments to improve infrastructures.



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Gamma deploys Infinera’s XTM series for UK dark fibre aggregation network

Created May 2, 2017

Infinera, a provider of intelligent transport networks, and Gamma, a technology-based provider of communication services to the UK business market, have announced Gamma’s deployment of the Infinera XTM Series for Gamma’s UK dark fibre aggregation network. This marks the completion of the first phase of Gamma’s nationwide buildout in London.



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Keysight Technologies completes acquisition of Ixia

Created May 2, 2017

Electronic measurement company Keysight Technologies has completed its acquisition of Ixia, a provider of testing, visibility, and security solutions for physical and virtual networks. The aggregate transaction consideration totalled approximately $1.6 billion, including transaction and financing fees and expenses and net of cash on hand at Ixia at the closing, with Ixia shareholders receiving $19.65 per share in cash.



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Industry leaders launch Fibre Optic Sensing Association

Created May 2, 2017

The Fibre Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), headquartered in Washington, DC, the USA’s first trade association dedicated to fibre optic sensing, was launched this month (April 2017) with the aims of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fibre-optics-based technologies.



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OFC 2017: Hengtong Cable Group and Inland Energy announce US collaboration

Created April 28, 2017

The formation of Hengtong USA, LLC, an US-based optical cable sales and technical support company, was announced at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles (OFC) 2017, based on a collaboration between Hengtong Cable Group of China and Inland Energy of California.



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