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Transport and Routing
Date  Report
Jul 17
Nokia, already with numerous electric utility customers, got its feet wet with its first water utility deal. The engagement, along with a smart city deal announced a few weeks earlier, shows Nokia’s enterprise-focused initiatives are paying off.

Jul 17
At NGON 2017, born-in-the-cloud technology drove the agenda – new DCI products, SDN, orchestration, analytics, automation and encryption garnered as much attention as coherent optics or faster and more versatile OTN gear.

Jul 6
ZTE’s new Flexhaul ZXCTN 609 delivers 100G link speeds and network slicing to cater to multiple 5G backhaul transport requirements, as well as adding yet another piece to ZTE’s expanding 5G portfolio.

Jul 5
ADVA’s offer to buy outstanding shares of MRV Communications is a sign of the times: the pie is not growing fast enough, and players in optical transport need to get big or go home. MRV will bolster ADVA’s geographic footprint and portfolio.

Jul 3
Coriant’s new Groove G30 muxponder offers up to 1.6 Tbps capacity in 1RU and market leading power efficiency per Gb along with flexible configuration and disaggregation features, but some competing offers deliver higher capacity.

Jun 23
Corning’s new multiuse platform lowers footprint, simplifies deployment, and enhances flexibility for fiber access deployments. Its pre-connected and factory sealed elements are not unique, but represent a worthy addition to Corning’s portfolio.

Jun 21
Nokia’s FP4 chipset and Deepfield analytics bring scale, automation and network intelligence to the IP edge and core network; strap on for the next IP wave.

Jun 14
Infinera’s XTM II platform delivers what’s needed to shake up the metro packet-optical market: high-bandwidth services, legacy support, low power and compelling packaging. Now its challenge will be to create sustainable market differentiation.

Jun 1
Netcracker shows it can orchestrate services across IP and optical network domains as well as between two carrier networks, just what operators need to deliver on-demand end-to-end services. All the solution needs now is operator commitment.

May 19
With a definitive agreement with China Huaxin to form Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB), Nokia can now take full advantage of a key asset from the ALU acquisition to provide a key differentiator in an important market, both in sales support and R&D.

May 10
Aviat Networks added 1024 QAM and 60/80-MHz-wide channels to its IRU 600 radio. Though it has plans to add the capability to other products this year, this move should only impact the North American market, where the IRU 600 is sold.

Apr 24
HAS2017: Huawei consolidated its multiple cloud-based solutions under its Network Cloud Engine framework, this helps minimize fragmentation, addresses multi-domain end-to-end solutions and could counter challengers pushing their point solutions.

Apr 17
HAS2017: Huawei’s Network Cloud Engine (NCE) tackles data center-centric network challenges, leverages SDN and massive 100G connectivity, and brings cloud benefits to carrier core networks.

Mar 29
Ericsson announced a long overdue portfolio realignment and simplified management structure to counter operating challenges. But many questions remain regarding additional portfolio rationalization, investment focus and strategic partnerships.

Mar 29
OFC 2017: This year’s conference brought new product announcements and optical innovations as always, but there was a stronger emphasis on providing on-demand services that leverage SDN for control and greater automation.

Mar 28
Packet Design joins NEC/Netcracker’s Ecosystem 2.0 program, combining Packet Design’s analytics with NEC/Netcracker’s Transport SDN solutions to spur deployment of SDN applications, but operators are increasingly building their own solutions.

Mar 20
Nokia’s new org changes and management shuffle reflect the new strategic direction announced in November 2016. The moves make sense on paper, but are surprising at a time when Nokia appeared to have put its post-merger ducks in a row.

Mar 20
Infinera’s Instant Network, launched at OFC 2017, broadens the scope of its instant bandwidth by adding bandwidth licensing pools, moveable licenses, and automated capacity engineering with license pooling differentiating from rival offerings.

Mar 20
Nokia is going after optical demarcation and DCI markets with a single platform to better compete in a more dynamic optical market. The move adds a significant competitor to the CPE and web-scale DCI segments.

Mar 17
At Mobile World Congress this month, the two topics mentioned most among microwave backhaul vendors were, not surprisingly, 5G and, somewhat surprisingly, E-band, which has been around for a long time but has recently seen a growth spurt.

Mar 16
At MWC17, telecom and IT hardware, software and services vendors focused less on “bells and whistles” and more on building the plumbing that will underpin emerging network architectures.

Mar 1
Netronome’s Agilio CX Platform was chosen to fuel multiple NFV infrastructure solutions from leading OEMs, including Ericsson, Juniper and Nokia, delivering sixfold more output per server, per dollar spent to service next-generation applications.

Feb 24
With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 only days away, it’s fair to consider any recent vendor news as a part of their MWC messaging strategy. If so, Affirmed’s IoT solution upgrade suggests we’ll be hearing more about the enterprise this year.

Feb 24
Ciena’s Waveserver Ai brings higher capacity, power efficiency and a server-like operational model to data center interconnect solutions, so operators can offer competitive high-speed, high-capacity services, but competitors are closing the gap.

Feb 23
Nokia’s new ‘anyhaul’ portfolio aims to win big in the emerging 5G anyhaul market with mobile transport solutions built upon its stable of mobile, microwave, IP, optical and fixed access technologies. The solution could be ahead of the market.

Feb 22
Affirmed expands its virtualized IoT platform by adding NB-IoT support, but will need to rely on close partner Tech Mahindra to figure out how to drive IoT innovation by combining virtual network elements with analytics and enterprise IT systems.

Feb 2
ECI’s LightCARE application monitors network health to help preempt failures, ensure network reliability, and make maintenance recommendations to help increase user QoE; however, achieving true maintenance function automation may be challenging.

Feb 1
Nokia’s new 7705 SAR-Hm helps utilities modernize smart grid networks. The new router adds LTE and WiFi connectivity and enables automation to better manage grid devices, but organizational resistance could tend to slow implementation.


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