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Dell'Oro Group: 142 per cent revenue rise for WDM systems ‘the start of a good thing’

The market for disaggregated WDM systems is growing, according to a recent report by market information firm, Dell'Oro Group.

The Optical Transport Quarterly Report covers manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, unit shipments (by speed including 40Gb/s, 100Gb/s, 200 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s).  It tracks DWDM long haul terrestrial, WDM metro, multiservice multiplexers (SONET/SDH), optical switch, optical packet platforms, and data centre interconnect (metro and long haul). 

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Optical hardware spend up in Europe, Asia Pacific, down in North America, says Cignal AI

Cignal AI has published its Optical Hardware Report for the first quarter of 2018. Key findings include a noted growth in optical hardware sales in the Asia Pacific region – fuelled by additional increases in spending outside of China – and sales growth in the EMEA region also year-on-year. The report did highlight a spend decline in the North American market, which it said proved weaker than expected.

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2017 a ‘record year’ for optical components revenues, cause for optimism in 2018, says Lightcounting

According to the March 2018 Quarterly Market Update by Lightcounting, 2017 was a record year for revenues in the optical components industry.

Aggregate 2017 revenues of public optical components, said the specialist market research firm, totalled $8.266 billion for 2017, 8 per cent higher than reported for 2016 ($7.639 billion). The transceiver-only figure provided by the survey data is $5.482 billion for 2017, which is half-a point higher than 2016 ($5.451 billion). For transceivers alone, said the company, 2017 was a still a record, but by an insignificant amount.

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Cignal AI Q4 2017 Optical Hardware Report reveals increased spend in APAC and EMEA

Cignal AI has released its Optical Hardware Report for the last quarter of 2017. The report detailed, amongst its findings, a growth in spend in the Asia and the EMEA region as larger equipment vendors gained traction. North American optical capex, on the other hand was said to be much weaker than expected because of lower spending by incumbent operators.

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LightCounting: machine learning will boost optical interconnect markets

The market for active optical cables (AOC) and embedded optical modules (EOM) is set to experience unprecedented growth, according to the latest report from specialist market research and consulting company, LightCounting.

Now in its tenth edition, the study has forecast a likely rise of 33 per cent in unit shipments by 2021, in comparison with the company’s research a year ago. In spite of this, however, the revenue forecast for 2021 has only risen very slightly as prices erode.

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As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance

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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

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