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Huawei's FastConnect FAT Wins the Annual Red Dot Award for Design Concept

Huawei announced today that its FastConnect FAT (Fiber Access Terminal) won the annual Red Dot Award for Design Concept. The innovative ergonomic design of the FastConnect connector provides a unique spatial layout, which facilitates installation and removal of drop cables and ensures a proper bending radius.

Huawei's FastConnect FAT was developed for FTTx networks. By using the e-labels of drop cables and Huawei's NMS (Network Management System), it implements intelligent management of drop cable routing information and quick fault locating, assisting operators in resource management and O&M. An e-label is attached to each drop cable. By scanning the e-label using a mobile phone or pad, a construction maintenance engineer can upload the optical fiber information to the NMS in real time, which then manages and synchronizes the optical fiber information and device location information, also in real time, based on a GIS (Geographical Information System). The NMS and the ergonomic design assist operators in constructing an intelligent, simple, and fast user interface, which greatly improves drop cable deployment efficiency.

Dedicated to FTTH technical innovation, network construction cost reduction, and deployment efficiency improvement, Huawei provides customers with the FastConnect ODN solution characterized by fast deployment and intelligent management. Huawei's FastConnect ODN solution has assisted Spain's Telefónica in deploying more than 10 million FTTH homes passed within three years and been deployed in various other markets as well, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru.

"Winning the Red Dot Award is a great endorsement for Huawei's innovation capability in the ODN field," said Jeff Wang, president of Huawei Access Product Line. "Huawei is in the leading position for providing global fiber broadband subscribers with optimal experience, and assisting operators in achieving fast fiber broadband network deployment and continuous business success. Going forward, Huawei will continue to promote innovation in the field of passive optical distribution, helping customers reduce FTTH deployment costs and improve FTTH deployment efficiency."

Huawei will exhibit the FastConnect FAT product series at the Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF) to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from September 29-30, 2016, where they will showcase its efficient deployment features and award-winning user-friendly design.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Brocade Reports $591M 3Q Revenue Up 7% YoY

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 30, 2016. These results include approximately two months of financial results from Ruckus Wireless, which was acquired on May 27, 2016. Brocade reported third quarter revenue of $591 million, up 7% year-over-year and up 13% quarter-over-quarter. The Company reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.02, down from $0.21 in Q3 2015 and from $0.11 in Q2 2016. The year-over-year and sequential declines in GAAP EPS were primarily the result of acquisition-related items, including the lower gross margin associated with acquired inventory and deferred revenue, acquisition and integration costs, and increases in the amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation. These items were partially offset by the favorable resolution of a tax audit. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.21 for Q3 2016, down 21% year-over-year and down 2% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year decline in non-GAAP EPS was primarily due to the acquisition-related purchase accounting adjustments, unfavorable revenue mix, and higher operating expenses.

"Against the backdrop of a mixed macro environment, we posted solid results, with total revenue at the high end of our outlook range," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "During Q3, we also continued the momentum of new product innovations across our portfolio, building a solid foundation for business growth and expansion of our addressable markets. Furthermore, with the successful completion of our acquisition of Ruckus Wireless in the quarter, we are pleased to welcome this talented and committed team to the Brocade family. Our combined strengths open up new opportunities and distinguish Brocade as a pure-play networking company for the digital transformation era." Highlights:

On May 27, 2016, Brocade completed the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, Inc., enhancing Brocade's position as a pure-play networking company with solutions spanning from the heart of the data center to the wireless network edge.
SAN product revenue of $282 million was down 9% year-over-year. The year-over-year decline was primarily the result of lower Fibre Channel director sales, which decreased 23%, partially offset by fixed-configuration switch sales which increased 3%. Sequentially, SAN product revenue decreased 5%, with directors declining 20%, partially offset by fixed-configuration and embedded switch sales growing 7% and 8%, respectively. The year-over-year and sequential declines in our SAN director revenue were primarily the result of a longer time to closure for many large deals, while the improvement in our switch revenue was primarily due to pull-through demand from all-flash array deployments. Overall, the decline in our SAN product revenue is consistent with commentary from many of our OEM partners regarding the weaker storage demand environment.
During the quarter, Brocade launched the Brocade X6 Director, the industry's first Gen 6 Fibre Channel director for mission-critical storage connectivity. This highly reliable, high-performance, low-latency solution is specifically designed for all-flash data centers. It extends the company's leadership in offering the industry's most innovative and widely deployed Fibre Channel storage networking solutions.
IP Networking product revenue of $209 million, including $73 million of product revenue from Ruckus Wireless, was up 36% year-over-year. The increase was due to the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, partially offset by lower U.S. federal revenue, which was down 26% year-over-year, primarily due to the timing of large orders. Sequentially, IP Networking product revenue increased 59% due primarily to the inclusion of Ruckus revenue.
Brocade Communications Systems Inc

Hawaiki transpacific submarine cable project advances to marine survey stage

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom say they have begun the marine survey for the Hawaiki transpacific submarine cable system. The 14,000-km undersea cable network aims to connect Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States as well as to Hawaii by mid-2018.
The planners will plan the submarine network deployment to support options to expand to several South Pacific islands as well.
The survey will gather the geophysical and geotechnical data necessary to ensure the cable is buried safely and securely, according to Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom. The survey follows the launch of a previously announced supply contract in March and a survey of landing sites from May to July 2016.
Hawaiki will be designed with more than 30 Tbps of capacity using TE SubCom's C100U+ Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE). It will be operated as a carrier-neutral cable system.
"Each stage of this groundbreaking project is important, but after very carefully planning our transpacific route and conducting an extensive survey of each landing site, we are extremely pleased to launch the marine route survey, which will give us data necessary to safely and properly deploy the system in the coming months," said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. "The team is doing a great job; we are on time and on budget. We are confident that with our trusted supplier, TE SubCom, our cable will be delivered as planned in mid-2018, less than two years from now. Hawaiki is not only bringing competition and diversity to the market, but it's also offering a future-proof solution to its customers in the most cost-effective fashion."

Lightwaveonline

Adtran Intros Tunable Optics for NG-PON

 

Adtran, a provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced its first Subscriber Edge Tunable (SET) optical transceivers, the latest innovation from Adtran Labs. Adtran’s entry into this new category of tunable optics addresses several key technology and innovation gaps that have hindered market development for multi-wavelength access networks. SET optics will be a key enabling technology for Adtran’s NG-PON2 solution, facilitating the delivery of highly elastic fiber services right to the customer premises equipment (CPE). Developed by Adtran Labs, this most recent innovation will enable access providers to cost-effectively and efficiently leverage Nx10G NG-PON2 to deliver even higher speed FTTH services to homes and business.

SET optics provide an essential building block for the wavelength agile access network of the future, providing the dynamic network capabilities needed to underpin the provider’s creation and deployment of user-driven service delivery models. By providing fast wavelength switching times and access-friendly cost points, SET optics will remove the operational and economic sensitivities that have previously limited tunable optics to transport applications. When paired with software-defined access to allow dynamic control, SET optics and NG-PON2 provide a highly dynamic physical layer to extend the programmable network to optical levels.

“With our new SET optical transceivers, Adtran Labs is addressing the most significant challenge for the economics of NG-PON2 deployments. The future value of the dynamic and extensible capabilities of NG-PON2 are unmatched and will serve the needs of access network providers worldwide for many years,” said Kevin Schneider, Adtran’s chief technology officer. “The capability to design our own optical transceivers allows Adtran N Labs to focus on the needs of our customers and bring innovative enabling technology to market to enable their business cases.”

As Internet traffic levels rise and service providers look to support business and enterprise services over a unified access network, the ability to add capacity on the fly has become a network imperative. The multi-wavelength capability of NG-PON2, enabled by SET optics, helps access network operators pull more capacity out of their existing fiber access plants, providing a dispatch-free upgrade path when the existing PON capacity has become exhausted. Additionally, combining SDN-enabled capacity management with Adtran’s SET optics’ sub-50ms wavelength switchover times enables NG-PON2 networks to ensure the highest level of application quality of experience in a user-defined service structure and deliver resilient, SLA-based services. These benefits are realized by allowing the automatic offload of traffic from congested or out of service wavelengths and OLT ports to alternative wavelengths on less utilized network assets.

“Today, service providers are looking for highly scalable, programmable service delivery models. It is imperative that their current fiber network investment cost-effectively supports the next wave of multi-gigabit growth spurred by emerging user-driven services and applications,” said Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum. “ADTRAN’s subscriber edge tunable optics solution supports the cost-efficient expansion and unbundling of the FTTx architecture, accelerating the rollout of 10G residential and 10G and beyond enterprise services through disruptive ONT and CPE pricing.”

SET optics is one of several optical technology choices in ADTRAN’s unique access portfolio, providing flexible optics possibilities, including both fixed-wavelength and SET options for 10G ONUs to meet the needs of all access network operators.

Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN)

ADVA Reports Record Revenues in Q2

ADVA Optical Networking (ISIN: DE0005103006, WKN 510300) announced Q2 2016 financial results for the quarter ended on June 30, 2016 and prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Q2 2016 IFRS Financial Results
Quarterly revenues climbed to a record high of EUR 157.2 million. The figure marks an increase of 40.1% year-on-year (YoY) (Q2 2015: EUR 112.3 million) and is above the guidance forecast that was announced earlier this year on April 21.

"Q2 has been a solid quarter for us. We're gaining market share and building momentum," said Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking. "Our focus and innovation in the data center interconnect space is delivering results. In fact, we're one of the few companies outperforming the market. We're aggressively growing our footprint in this space with a number of key customers and we're continuing to win strategic accounts."

Pro forma operating income in Q2 2016 stood at EUR 4.2 million or 2.7% of revenues, which represents a EUR 3.5 million YoY decrease (Q2 2015: EUR 7.7 million) and is in line with the previously announced guidance. The operating income came to EUR 3.1 million (Q2 2015: EUR 7.4 million). Cash and cash equivalents were at EUR 82.5 million. Net liquidity reached EUR 20.0 million and net working capital EUR 102.7 million.

The quarterly result includes the acquisition of Overture, which took place on January 13, and consequently contains some of the one-off restructuring and integration expenses related to the acquisition. The acquisition was a strategically important step for ADVA Optical Networking and will strengthen the company's product portfolio for cloud access solutions.

"The integration of Overture is progressing well and nearing completion," continued Brian Protiva. "We've fully integrated their hardware business into our cloud access portfolio and significantly expanded our customer footprint. What's more, with the launch of ADVA Ensemble, a new strategic division focused on network functions virtualization, we leapfrogged the market by 12 months. Innovation is more important than ever and is helping to grow our market share. In Q2 alone, we won six awards, including Light Reading's prestigious Company of the Year (Public) and a Global Telecom Business Innovation Award with Verizon Partner Solutions. Innovation and operational excellence will continue to propel us forward, leading to increasing market share and profitability."

Q3 2016 Outlook
In Q3 2016, ADVA Optical Networking expects revenues to range between EUR 150 million and EUR 160 million and anticipates a pro forma operating income of between 3% and 6% of revenues. ADVA Optical Networking performs quarterly reviews of the expected business development with respect to all intangible assets, including capitalized development expenses. In case of adverse business prospects, these reviews may result in non-cash impairment charges in Q3 2016 and beyond, which are excluded from the above guidance. The company will publish its Q3 2016 financial results on October 27, 2016.

ADVA Optical Networking