IIR reported 500+ attendees at this year's 2012 IIR Conference in Monaco. Although the conference was informative, it was somewhat discouraging to find out that some service providers dropped out at the last minute, disrupting some panels and reducing the numbers of service providers in attendance. There was a bit more doom and gloom about the economic situation in Europe than there was the previous year, and some operators commented that they were running their networks "hotter." As always, Verizon key presentations were very informative. Overall, panel discussions were well done; it would have been worthwhile had there been more on enterprise optical networks given the growing percentage it is in the optical market.
Infinera is now shipping the DTN-X for revenue.
Transmode announced a new deal with XO Communications.
Infinera also won for "Best Component" with their 500G PIC technology.
Winner for best 100G went to Ciena.
Best in OTN was awaded to Huawei.
Participants agreed that optical architectures were changing in the near future, but how and who would pay for the next overlay was still up in the air. Will the new architectures be more cost efficient as promised? Will they be operationally easier to deploy without cutting jobs in the EU? All good questions. Sometimes you leave conferences with more questions than answers.
Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon Mike Capuano, Infinera
Jeffrey Gao on left, Huawei Michael Adams, Ciena
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