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Cignal AI provides reporting on Optical and Packet Transport Hardware, Applications, and Customer Markets on a quarterly and annual subscription basis. Cignal AI clients subscribed to one or more of our market reports receive Active Insight news service as a benefit, free of charge, during their subscription term.

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Tracks the vendors that sell optical and/or packet transport hardware and provides detailed market share, forecasts, and vendor profile reports across 6 global regions and 8 product categories

  • EMEA Optical and Packet Transport Spending Bounces Back in 3Q20
    European operators resumed purchases of optical and packet transport hardware in 3Q20 as COVID-related supply chain and operational delays eased.
  • 3Q20 Transport Hardware Report
    Third quarter results were better than forecast, especially in EMEA where both optical and packet hardware spending increased. North America spending declined while China spending was flat and Japan spending growth continued unabated.
  • Cisco 3Q20 Vendor Summary Report
    Cisco’s results and forecast this quarter were more optimistic than last quarter. Optical and packet sales slowed, but an uptick at the end of the quarter hinted at a better than expected finish for the year.
  • Nokia 3Q20 Vendor Summary Report
    Nokia had an extraordinary Q3, with overall growth significantly higher than the market. Much of this growth came from Q2’s delayed sales.

Analyzes rapidly changing transport market segments that address specific functions or customer applications

  • Coherent Pluggables to Transform Optical Transport Market by 2024
    Fourth-generation coherent will extend beyond 400ZR to include higher performance solutions generally referred to as 400ZR+ and lower speed 100Gbps (100ZR) targeted at the metro edge.
  • 2Q20 Transport Applications Report
    This report includes our initial forecasts of the 100ZR and 400ZR+ markets.. Compact Modular sales grew much faster than the overall market this quarter as disaggregation continues to gain traction in networks outside of Cloud & Colo.
  • 1Q20 Transport Applications Report
    Packet-OTN sales doubled in NA as carriers responded to COVID-19, and shipments of 400Gbps+ ports doubled YoY as Chinese equipment companies entered production.
  • 4Q19 Transport Applications Report
    Compact Modular sales growth slowed in North America in the 4th quarter, but sales growth outside of NA was exceptionally strong and total worldwide sales grew nearly 50% year-over-year.

Tabulates transport equipment purchased by operators representing several customer verticals

  • 2Q20 Transport Customer Markets Report
    Cloud & Colo optical spending in North America cooled while spending in APAC was unexpectedly strong this quarter.
  • 1Q20 Transport Customer Markets Report
    North American Incumbent optical spending was up almost 50% YoY while Wholesale, Cable/MSO, and Cloud spending all declined this quarter.
  • 4Q19 Transport Customer Markets Report
    Cloud & Colo optical spending growth cooled in the 4th quarter but still led growth for the year with Ciena as market share leader. North American Incumbent and Cable/MSO optical spending came back strong in the 4th quarter.
  • 3Q19 Optical Customer Markets Report
    Cloud & Colo led growth in North America, up 45% this quarter. Ciena increased its market share to over 50% in 3Q19.

Cignal AI’s news service, delivering articles and analysis on important optical market events and items of interest as they occur

  • 5th Gen Coherent Trials and Deployments
    Cignal AI continues to track announcements of 5th generation (800Gbps-capable, 90+ GBaud) optical trials and deployments.
  • Webinar – Open Optical Networking
    Explore a New Era of open Transport Networking. Hear Infinera & Telefonica’s Perspective on defining and delivering open optical networking.
  • 5G Optimized Packet Transport for Mobile Fronthaul
    The diverse requirements of 5G require both the radios and the network supporting the radios to be updated. This report covers advances in 5G packet fronthaul and includes an overview of existing vendor solutions.
  • Coherent Port Pricing Trends (1Q20)
    Our 3Q18 report showed coherent optical port pricing dropping at 26% per year. This report examines the stability of that trend over the last 12 months as new coherent systems entered the market.

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5th Gen Coherent Trials and Deployments Nov 24

Cignal AI continues to track announcements of 5th generation (800Gbps-capable, 90+ GBaud) optical trials and deployments.

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EMEA Optical and Packet Transport Spending Bounces Back in 3Q20 Nov 19

European operators resumed purchases of optical and packet transport hardware in 3Q20 as COVID-related supply chain and operational delays eased.

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Press Releases, Transport Hardware
Webinar – Open Optical Networking Oct 31

Explore a New Era of open Transport Networking. Hear Infinera & Telefonica’s Perspective on defining and delivering open optical networking.

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Acacia Strengthens Portfolio with New Coherent Bi-Directional Pluggables Oct 16

Acacia announced further enhancements to its 100G coherent pluggable product line targetted at edge and access applications.

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Coherent Pluggables to Transform Optical Transport Market by 2024 Sep 24

Fourth-generation coherent will extend beyond 400ZR to include higher performance solutions generally referred to as 400ZR+ and lower speed 100Gbps (100ZR) targeted at the metro edge.

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Press Releases, Transport Applications
Transport Hardware Misses Expected Bounce Back in 2Q20 Aug 27

Delayed order fulfillment due to COVID supply chain impact earlier this year didn’t materialize as expected.

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Press Releases, Transport Hardware
1Q20 network operator capex jump didn’t help everyone Jun 1

Lightwave published an article summarizing 1Q20 optical hardware results using data from our report.

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Network Operators Accelerate Capex in Response to COVID-19 May 29

The effects of COVID-19 simultaneously catalyzed demand for transport equipment and paralyzed supply chains worldwide during the first quarter of 2020.

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Press Releases, Transport Hardware
Nokia PSE-V Coherent Chipset May 21

Overview and analysis of Nokia’s fifth generation of coherent DSPs, the PSE-Vs, and PSE-Vc.

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Nokia launches WaveFabric Elements optical portfolio for 400G ecosystem May 21

Nokia launched it’s 5th generation coherent solution. This includes new PSE-5 DSPs, new CSTAR silicon photonics from its Elenion acquisition, and pluggable CFP2-DCO and QSFP-288DD pluggable modules.

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OIF Publishes Implementation Agreement for 400ZR Apr 29

The OIF announced that the official release of the 400ZR implementation agreement is now available for download.

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COVID-19 Impact – 2020 Forecast Update Apr 24

Cignal AI updated the 2020 optical and packet transport hardware forecast with our best estimates of the impact of COVID-19.

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Infinera Unveils More Compact Modular Optical Transport Solutions Apr 1

Infinera announced new versions of the Groove chassis to support 5th generation coherent ICE6 optics and provide feature enhancements to better address applications outside of cloud and colo operators.

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North American Optical Sales Rebound In 2019 Mar 10

Recent optical sales in North America were encouraging – up more than 25% for 4Q19 and 10% for all of 2019 according to the most recent Transport Hardware Report from research firm Cignal AI.

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Press Releases
Acacia Builds Upon Coherent Pluggable Leadership with 400G Portfolio Mar 5

Acacia announced a new family of 400G coherent pluggable optics for 400ZR/Open ROADM applications based on the new 7nm Greylock DSP.

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OFC 2020 Preview and Predictions Feb 24

The Optical Fiber Communications Conference is the most significant industry trade and technical show for optical communications. In preparation for the event, Cignal AI has compiled a list of what to watch at OFC and what announcements to expect.

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Is 2020 the year for data center network 400G? Feb 13

Lightwave gathered opinions from several people in the industry to look at the opportunity for 400G in the data center during 2020.

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Expanding Our Market Research to Include Packet Networks Jan 7

Cignal AI invites you to attend an overview presentation about the expansion of Cignal AI’s optical hardware research to include comprehensive coverage of packet switching and routing in service provider transport networks.

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The Era of 400G Coherent Pluggables Finally Emerges Jan 7

Gazettabyte authored a lengthy article about the sampling of the first 400G DSP for use in pluggable applications. It included an interview with Inphi, Neophotonics, and analysts including Andrew Schmitt.

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Inphi Samples Industry’s First 400ZR QSFP-DD Transceiver Dec 19

Inphi announced it sampled the industry’s first 400ZR QSFP-DD module to major cloud operators and equipment manufacturers.

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