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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 19, 2014 –According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, North American optical transport equipment demand declined 13 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2014.

“Optical equipment demand was quite robust in North America leading up to the third quarter,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Within one quarter, however, the optical market took a sudden and negative turn as major tier-one North American service providers reduced deployments and cut spending on transport equipment.  The reduction in optical purchases in the quarter was likely due to necessary network architecture decisions.  The remainder of this year and next year may not be much brighter as one of the largest telecom operators, AT&T, intends to cut its capital spending in 2015, and is poised to refrain from certain network expansion until the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarifies its net neutrality policies,” added Mr. Yu.

The majority of optical transport equipment revenue decline in North America was due to a 17 percent year-over-year decline in wavelength division multiplexers for metro applications.


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