Lightwave Editorial Director Stephen Hardy touches on optical M&A (again), new white box switch software, next-gen PON prospects, whether the data center network gravy train is starting to slow, and the FCC chairman's latest suspicions.
Nokia introduces the Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3). The PSE-3 coherent engine uses probabalistic constellation shaping to enable the optimal combination of reach, transmission rate, and spectral efficiency for a variety of network applications.
This head-banging edition of the Friday 5 includes a salute to a pair of science experiments, one of which Stephen may live to see reach the field. Also, there's cable operator capex, BT pledging to spend money on FTTP and more news on ZTE.