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ADVA/MRV: Another Ecosystem Break

In the past, we have provided countless examples of the dominant ICPs demonstrating an unsatisfactory amount of concern for the long-term viability of the optical ecosystem. One of the most damaging practices has been the emphasis on OLS, which allow these customers to selectively pick and choose various piece-parts of different system vendors in order…

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Infinera’s Crack at Quasi-Reconstruction

Actions speak louder than words. The rather isolated introduction of the XTM II is a new attempt by Infinera to straddle the line between joining the rest of the community of optical system vendors, which determined a long time ago, the lack of merit with choosing a Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) approach, and the supplier’s…

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Amazon’s Whole Foods Buyout and DCI

Over the last week, those individuals following our second blog read that we were at least inclined to dismiss several narratives making the rounds, including: 1) Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods (WF) being akin to the telecom bubble; 2) other suitors making counteroffers for WF; 3) Wal-Mart’s purported unreasonableness in having outside tech firms using…

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Infinera Apparently Won’t Neutralize XTM

After the purchase of Transmode, Infinera threatened to incorporate its PICs into those systems from the Swedish firm, which never seemed to make any sense given any reasonable analysis of the economics. Without saying it directly on its last quarterly conference, it appears fairly clear that the idea has been officially abandoned (although the CFO…

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Acacia’s Narrow Option Down Food Chain

For a while, we have been addressing the matter of what Acacia Communications can do for an encore with its DSP business. Despite Acacia introducing new products, including its CFP2-ACO and -DCO solutions, as well as a larger capacity ASIC, it has nevertheless felt compelled to offer its PIC component part separately, which one may…

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Ciena: Fast and Loose with Its Valuable IP

According to our Clash of Optical Component Vendors & Technologies in Data Center Networks report published several months ago: “Ciena, [like] Nokia, highly prizes its internal technology,” [especially as it relates to critical functionality, such as digital signal processing (DSP), that substantially differentiates its optical hardware from the competition]. Of course, both vendors have been…

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