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Telecom Analytics With Bad Data?

November, 2014

On the landline side, the incumbent service providers have been notoriously lousy at record keeping. There are still in place very antiquated inventory systems along with a high level of ignorance about whether a large number of circuits are either working or connected in networks. At least with wireless technology, it has been around for a much shorter period of time, and would not be nearly as burdened with ineffective solutions in the back offices. What is the biggest reason for bandwidth on demand not taking off in a significant way after about three decades of hype? Again, it is about the lack of adequate knowledge by these carriers concerning their networks. How can executives be sure that rapid change will not adversely impact services with them all toppling on to each other? While there have been workarounds, modifications, as well as reductions in the use of Ma Bell’s Trunk...

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Ciena’s Incumbent Engineers Saved Firm

September, 2016

If Ciena’s CTO, Steve Alexander, been appointed CEO after Patrick Nettles stepped down from the position, the supplier would not have experienced the extreme vacillations in business performance and the negative consequences from the "Nortelization" of the firm would have been totally avoided. Alexander’s sheer love for what he does for a living allowed him to put up with what we believe has been a combination of the leadership’s lack of intimacy with the business dynamics as well as the absence of the necessary temperament over the years. Despite Alexander being one of the founders of the company, Nettles evidently thought a person in sales would be better suited to move the company forward. In our opinion, he may have been heavily influenced by what a lot of Americans often automatically equate with a high level of competence – a British accent. In order to balance out the...

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Infinera Apparently Won’t Neutralize XTM

May, 2017

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 perhaps did not receive the memo as he continued to talk about the “XTM upgrade” at a later J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference). From the time the leadership at Infinera initially bent over backwards to make it seem insultingly clear to Transmode that the XTM was going to take a backseat to its internally developed metro products, to the present in which it cannot directly state its intentions with the PICs, are all, in our opinion, part of the ever-growing list of examples demonstrating a lack of self-awareness by the...

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24 Tough Queries for Vendors/Users at ECOC 2018

September, 2018

Unfortunately, this writer will be unable to be in Rome, as I will be attending a much happier, personal event later in the week. fibeReality thought it might be a good idea to propose some hard-hitting questions that our loyal readers might consider asking suppliers at the annual hype-fest, just to shake things up, if nothing else. Here are 24 suggestions: 1.     To any supplier, associated with COBO, is it not time to move on to co-packaged optics, which although would not be easy to pull off, it would be a more practical means of accomplishing the chip-to-chip concept, if it ever does happen in the foreseeable future? 2.     For Macom, is it not a little disingenuous to say that lasers in your PICs are integrated, since the former cannot be accomplished with silicon photonics, and is the company adequately able to differentiate itself from products offered in a similar...

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“Fireworks” at OFC SDN Controller Panel

March, 2019

Please be sure you hang around long enough next week at OFC 2019 to watch a unique, exciting debate during the panel of “How Centralized should Centralized SDN Control and Orchestration be?” There will be no wasted time on speaker introductions, and the number of slides per participant will be kept down to a very bare minimum. The bulk of the session will be used for an interactive disputation, including ample time for members of the audience to join in the fray, asking questions and making arguments, reflecting their own points of view. In some cases, we will be getting into subject matter complementing the various combinations of monolithic, modular, and hybrid approaches being advocated by the participants. Some of the other intriguing and provocative aspects that will be addressed include: determining the extent to which ISPs have been moving to a single, consolidated...

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