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Metro Area Networks


August 27, 2009  11:37 AM

Service provider capex takes off in second half 09

Posted by: Tom Nolle
edge networks, Metro Area Networks, telecom capex, wireless networks

Service providers are planning to increase their capital spending in the second half of the year, according to a number of financial industry and media sources. The exact percentage of increase and the way it will be distributed among vendors hasn’t been reported.

But our current data...

November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Ericsson develops packet-optical gear for metro surge

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, control plane, Metro Area Networks, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Network equipment, Optical Networking, PBT, Routers, Switches

Ericsson is fielding a line of packet optical gear designed to address the expected surge in metro networking. The new products will support a T-MPLS control plane, but Ericsson plans to upgrade to the more modern MPLS-TP and is also considering PBT (PBB-TE).

Metro capacity may be driven...

October 15, 2008  2:20 PM

Metro and access drive ’09 deployment focus

Posted by: Tom Nolle
capital expense, femtocells, Fixed-mobile convergence, FTTH, GPON, Metro Area Networks

It is becoming increasingly clear that 2009 will see the most action in the metro and access space. Worldwide, operators are looking very hard at FMC and femtocells, and we believe that there will be some deployments even in the US by 2H09. There are also a number of competitive initiatives from...

March 18, 2008  1:09 PM

ECI enters Carrier Ethernet fray

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Metro Area Networks, MPLS

ECI is entering the Carrier Ethernet market, leveraging in part the MPLS tools that the company obtained from Laurel Networks when it acquired that company. This space is a critical one because it is the focus of some fundamental debates—is Ethernet a service framework or a metro architecture,...

February 8, 2008  2:26 PM

Alcatel-Lucent losses indicate management change?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Metro Area Networks

Alcatel-Lucent posted another loss, warned on the current quarter, and suspended dividend payments, all of which will almost certainly lead to a management shakeup. The company is suffering under a mobile spending slump that has also hurt some of its competitors, and is unlikely to lift for the...

November 26, 2007  5:41 PM

Net neutrality at heart of Internet capacity issue

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Internet, Metro Area Networks

The study commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance that showed the Internet running out of capacity by the next decade is coming under criticism as favoring the telco perspective. We believe that the study's conclusions on Internet capacity...

September 12, 2007  3:37 PM

Tellabs still up for grabs

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Metro Area Networks

September 12 2007: Tellabs has been the target of acquisition rumors for a month or more, but Light Reading is now reporting that the suitors may be less interested since their own stocks have declined. Citing a UBS report, the article below suggests that because the share price...


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