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Active optical cable: market drivers

Behind the numbers

CIR’s report key findings

The global market for active optical cable (AOC) is forecast to grow to US $1.5bn by 2014, with the linking of datacenter equipment being the largest single market valued at $835m.  Other markets for the cabling technology include digital signage, PC interconnect and home theatre.

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Lightwave magazine guest blog

Guest blog

Is photonic integration market disruptive? Click here.


Optical transceivers: Useful references

Having begun a gazettabyte feature on optical transceiver roadmaps, here are some useful references. I will keep updating the entry as the article progresses.


Industry bodies

The CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA): The hot-pluggable optical transceiver form factor for 40Gbps and 100Gbps applications

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AT&T rethinks its relationship with networking vendors 

Does AT&T's Domain Supplier programme mark a nod to the past when carriers were vertically integrated?


 “We’ll go with only two players [per domain] and there will be a lot more collaboration.”


 Tim Harden, AT&T



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WDM-PON: Can it save operators over €10bn in total cost of ownership?

Behind the numbers

Source: ADVA Optical Networking

“The focus of operators to squeeze the last dollar out of the system and optical component vendors is really nonsense.”

Klaus Grobe, ADVA Optical Networking.


Key findings

The total cost of ownership (TCO) of a widely deployed WDM-PON network is at least 20 percent cheaper than the broadband alternatives of VDSL and GPON. Given that the cost of deploying a wide-scale access network in a large western European country is €60bn, a 20 percent cost saving is huge, even if spread over 25 years.

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Optical industry drivers and why gazettabyte 

"5 Minutes with Roy Rubenstein, publisher of gazettabyte"

An interview on Finisar's Lightspeed blog.

A bit more about gazettabyte in Write Thinking

And gazettabyte making news


Photonic integration: Bent on disruption


This is a general rule: what starts as a series of parts loosely strung together, if used heavily enough, congeals into a self-contained unit.   

W. Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology

Infinera's Dave Welch: PICs are fibre-optic's current disruption

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