Telephony

LUCENT LEAPS TO NO. 2 SPOT IN METRO DWDM SHOWDOWN.(2003)

Byline: Ed Gubbins

When Lucent Technologies released its second-quarter 2003 financial results, the overriding message was that the vendor missed its target due to a European wireless equipment customer that didn't pay up. What did not surface until recently was the fact that during the same quarter, Lucent jumped from sixth place to second place in the market for metro dense wavelength-division multiplexing gear.

Lucent recorded an estimated 287% increase in metro DWDM revenue in the second quarter, leapfrogging rivals such as Ciena and Adva Optical to claim the second largest share of the market behind Nortel Networks, according to a recent Dell'Oro Group report. Industry observers cautioned that the DWDM market is uneven and small ($134 million in second-quarter revenues worldwide), so market share can fluctuate from quarter to quarter. …

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