Metro DWDM tops NFOEC news: Ciena, Fujitsu, Alcatel display products.(National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference )(Industry Trend or Event)

By Susan Biagi

The buzz at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference was metropolitan area dense wavelength division multiplexing. Scarcely populated a year ago, this market segment has attracted the attention of established transport vendors, lending credence to the work of early entrants such as Ciena Corp. and Cambrian Systems.

"We're shipping our third generation product. Some [companies] are in their first generation," said Steve Chaddick, Ciena's senior vice president of strategy and corporate development. Because of Ciena's lead time and development experience, "we feel like we're ahead" of the competition, he added.

After the ill-fated Tellabs/Ciena merger agreement, Ciena announced a corporate reorganization and a move into the OC-192 (9. …

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