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Infinera: Making Optical Interesting Again

The vendor's new XR Optics technology could cut carrier opex and capex in service providers' metro networks. But can the company get everyone else to buy into coherent optical sub-carrier aggregation?

Google Uses Wireless to Expand Fiber in Austin

Google plans to use both fiber and wireless technologies to deliver Internet services in Austin, a first for the company.

Podcast: The Fast-Moving World of SD-WAN

Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser discusses the world of SD-WAN, why there are so many vendors and whether enterprise 'white glove' services are handled by butlers.

Altice USA Nearing Sale of Lightpath Stake – Report

Potential deal with Stonepeak would involve a minority piece of fiber-fueled business services unit and value the Lightpath division at about $3 billion, Bloomberg says.

Podcast: ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin Knows Where Your Data Is

Ellen Rubin joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss edge computing and the new need for data management in more places as the world goes from static storage to mobile, multicloud madness.

Epsilon Revamps Its Back Office to Support Pivot to Enterprise Services

International wholesale operator wants to play a bigger role with enterprise customers but adding services such as data center interconnect and SD-WAN requires additional operational and business support tools.

Cisco to Buy Acacia for Pluggable Optical Goodness

Cisco said it would buy Acacia and the components vendor's current optical transport customers need not worry. The move is seen as positive overall, but one analyst explained why Arista should probably be more concerned than ADVA.

The Story Behind Verizon's 5G Secret Weapon

Verizon is spending billions on fiber to support its wireless 5G push.

NTT Revamps to Form Single Giant Global Service Provider

Japanese operator pulls together multiple units to form a single international ICT service provider with annual revenues of $11 billion.

Eurobites: BT Explores Sale of Spanish Unit

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN boss to leave in September; Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom form 5G joint venture; Glastonbury latest.

Ciena Keeps Its Foot on the Gas in Q2

For its fiscal quarter ended April 30, Ciena showed more growth and some customer diversification, while continuing to add to its software portfolio.

Eurobites: 'Sick' Day for EE as 5G Switch Is Flipped in UK

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Telecom Italia claim European data speed record; Brits' online angst; Colt calls on ADVA for Ethernet encryption.

CenturyLink Sharpens Up Its Ethernet Portfolio

CenturyLink broadens its Ethernet service portfolio as it tidies up loose ends from its Level 3 acquisition.

Marvell Goes Shopping to Sweeten 5G Story

A couple of years removed from its $6B deal to buy Cavium, Marvell suddenly agrees to buy two companies so far this month. There's still 11 days left in May, folks.

Altice USA Taps Goldman Sachs to Assess Lightpath Unit – Report

Discussions involving fiber-powered business services division could lead to a sale or bringing on an investor, Reuters says.

Altice USA 'Reviewing' Future of Lightpath Unit

CEO Dexter Goei says an internal review is underway for that asset, noting later that Lightpath has become 'less core to the overall business today.'

Altice USA Might Sell Lightpath Unit – Cowen & Co.

Analyst firm says a deal for company's fiber-fueled business services unit could fetch as much as $4 billion, jolt stock.

Cato Networks Raises $55M, Dances on NFV's Grave

Cato Networks, which bills itself as a 'cloud-native carrier,' scores $55 million funding for its vision of delivering on network agility, where traditional carriers have so far failed with their NFV efforts.

Eurobites: UKCloud Seeks to Make Hay From Post-Brexit Mayhem

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's Nuage Networks powers sports data analysis; BT Global Services turns to SevOne; Helios enters South African market.

CenturyLink CEO: Outage Could Have Been Bigger

CenturyLink's President and CEO Jeff Storey, in a meeting with investors this week, said his company's December 2018 network event was minimized, in part, because of the carrier's network architecture and how it integrates acquisitions.

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