End-of-Year Interview with JDSU CEO Tom Waechter

12/18/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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I caught up with Tom Waechter earlier this week to get his thoughts about how he feels the announced separation is being perceived by employees, investors and customers.
Incidentally, Tom’s six year anniversary as our CEO is today, so I also asked him about his journey so far, along with what he is most excited about as the future leader of NewCo. Congrats, Tom!
 
 

 

End-of-Year Update from JDSU President Alan Lowe

12/18/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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In this video interview, Alan Lowe, current president of CCOP at JDSU and CEO-designate of SpinCo, talks about the rationale behind the separation of CCOP into its own company that was announced back in September, progress that has been made since that time and customer response to the planned spinoff.

 
 

 

 

Disruptive December: NFV @ TM Forum Event

12/11/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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There’s no doubt virtualization is taking over networks and business models everywhere. If what we’re seeing this week at TM Forum’s Digital Disruption event in San Jose is any indication, the three-letter words SDN and NFV will continue playing a central role in how networks are built in the coming months and years. And we’ll be right there.
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Tara Van Unen and Alistair Scott (from left to right) of JDSU host a press briefing on NFV and JDSU’s role at TM Forum Digital Disruption
 
As we announced last week, JDSU brought its NFV game to the show to demonstrate our role in giving NFV business smarts, so to speak. TM Forum’s Catalyst Program, in which we showcased our NFV orchestration collaboration, brings leading technology companies like JDSU and other major, global communications providers together in a neutral space to develop and operationalize technologies such as cloud-enabled services and NFV. We focused on integrating our xSIGHT technology to serve as the heart of the data-gathering for an effective NFV orchestration system.
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JDSU demos customer experience of NFV-orchestrated virtual network functions, part of “Maximizing Profitability with NFV Orchestration” joint presentation in San Jose
 
You see, when automating network processes using NFV, certain parameters and KPI’s must be incorporated that give a smart network the heads up when it needs to act. For instance, if power goes out at data center XYZ, transfer all process to data center ABC. As such, an NFV orchestration system is really only as good as the data you feed into it. JDSU partnered with the NVF Catalyst members at this event to actively present on “Maximizing Profitability with NFV Orchestration" where not only network data gets fed into an analytics engine, but data like financial and energy information. That’s so the network will know that if it transfers network processes over to a different data center in the event of an outage, any costs associated with that move will be analyzed and handled accordingly.
 
This all showed how JDSU enables NFV to accelerate the scale of deployments in an ROI-friendly way using unique real-time intelligence and analytics through JDSU’s xSIGHT platform.
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Some fellow 'disrupters’ convene during a lively week of NFV to interact about the future of advanced communications technologies
 
This all wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration of our industry partners also involved in the Catalyst Program. The power of collaboration and how real-time analytics in agile network orchestration helps operators avoid pitfalls in planning virtual networks. And, how harnessing dynamically defined policies can optimize the business value - minimize costs, maximize profitability - of NFV deployment.
 
We also collaborated with major global communications companies and ecosystem partners to pave the future of cloud-enabled, virtualized networks and services. TM Forum’s Catalyst and ZOOM projects are highly reputable forums for innovation and collaboration for successful NFV
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The CIO of San Jose addresses the crowd of thought leaders in the communications industry at Digital Disruption

In related news, JDSU recently launched TrueSpeed VNF. We realize that network virtualization is causing the industry to re-think network monitoring technologies. What was once a matter of tracking packet flow and connections among physical hardware, abstract network components require different strategies. TrueSpeed is a virtualized network function that gives network operators the ability to monitor virtual networks, respond to issues in real time and reduce truck-rolls to simple software configuration.
 
We’re excited to continue working with our customers in creating next-generation network test and measurement strategies. And thanks to TM Forum show organizers for another success!
 

 

Is ‘LTE Unlicensed’ a Ticket to Ride?

12/8/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Following the winding road to 5G in the industry, stories on unlicensed LTE, or LTE-U, are picking up the pace. Paul Gowans, global marketing manager specializing in mobile technology at JDSU, observes it’s a critical topic gaining speed in the mobile space. According to Paul, while the early definitions of what 5G must offer are starting to emerge – connecting a massive number of things, extreme mobile broadband, mission critical services, energy efficiency, among others...the industry is looking at what technologies can bridge the gap to meet the every growing capacity and coverage requirements of the user. We have seen advances in LTE coming in the form of LTE-Advanced, MIMO, LTE-Broadcast, VoLTE, HetNets. Now LTE-U may be an additional technology that helps support the need for always-on mobile apps.
 
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"The question is really how do we get these technologies to co-exist to offer the best user experience. It could be argued that LTE-U would deliver greater capacity with fewer nodes than WiFi," said JDSU's 
Paul Gowans.
 
Here’s more from our exchange - views on the unlicensed side of LTE that could significantly help shape 4G, 5G and beyond.   
 
Paul, there have been many reports about unlicensed LTE, or LTE-U. What is LTE-U and why is it a part of the mobile conversation?
 
Today we have licensed spectrum that operators pay for licenses to use the spectrum, providing commercial mobile services to end users. Licensed LTE spectrum is an example of this. Compare this to WiFi which operates in unlicensed spectrum (you don’t have to pay anyone to gain access to the spectrum although you the end user may pay for WiFi service usage). LTE-U would be extending LTE to be able to access not only licensed spectrum but also unlicensed spectrum. Now, with LTE Advanced, in particular carrier aggregation offering increased bandwidth where component carriers can be combined to deliver a potential bandwidth of up to 100 Mhz.  This allows operators to aggregate different parts of the spectrum they may have to deliver a broader pipe to the customer.  LTE-U would use the benefits of carrier aggregation to anchor a service in the licensed spectrum but then be able to aggregate unlicensed spectrum. LTE-U could co-exist with WiFi offering users greater flexibility in service usage indoor and outdoor embracing small cell technology.
 
What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages perceived between LTE-U, and, say, WiFi?
 
The question is really how do we get these technologies to co-exist to offer the best user experience. It can be argued that LTE-U would deliver greater capacity with fewer nodes than WiFi. In addition, WiFi is a connection-less service which is why you can sometimes see a strong WiFi signal but don’t seem to be able to access any services – you can only transmit when no-one else is transmitting. You have to “Listen Before Talk”. LTE access is connection-oriented, allowing multiple users to transmit together based on scheduling. So I suppose it could be argued LTE is more efficient.
 
I noticed some service providers are testing LTE-U; as JDSU provides network and service enablement, what types of test take place – what are they looking for unique to LTE-U for installment, maintenance, troubleshooting or network performance?
 
Given that LTE-U employs the elements of carrier aggregation, being able to test the RF as complexity increases becomes ever more important. In addition, the planning and RAN optimization aspects of LTE-U must get careful consideration to ensure mobile nodes and cell sites deliver the capacity to meet the user demands. Finally, interoperability between devices and networks must be validated prior to the user experiencing the network.
 
What do you feel are the to 1-3 hot topics that you’ll keep an eye on spurred by LTE-U as an industry observer and mobile expert on the JDSU team?  What should we be paying attention to that could trend in this area?
 
·         The user experience continues to dominate the industry – we should always be conscious of what the user is most happy with and the apps that support the best customer experience – no-one would have predicted an app like “Vine” being so popular, for example.
·         The evolution of the HetNet embracing LTE-U will be a key industry topics – bringing together small cells, DAS, Cloud-RAN, LTE-U and WiFi.
·         And, NFV of course - more of a core network concern at this stage (although cloud-RAN extends the NFV focus) is an important area that all operators and NEMs are closely involved.
 
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Paul Gowans, global marketing manager specializing in mobile technology at JDSU, offers his view on LTE-U.

 

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A Virtualized Test First – JDSU Launches VNF

12/3/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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With a month you might call "NFV November" behind us, JDSU is kicking off December with a big NFV solution launch unveiled today! 
 
Widely reported are how virtualized networks (Networks Functions Virtualization), software-defined networks (SDN) and cloud-based services give a strategic boost to global communications service providers. This blog offers details around the new JDSU virtual-enablement solution in the words of JDSU's Michael Bangert. And, we get fresh insight from industry analyst Olga Shapiro who divulges recent virtualized network statistics from Frost & Sullivan
 
The big drivers? Mobile app downloads are rampant, LTE with 4G speeds and beyond, the cloud, big data, over the top (OTT) video use, or business apps used more and more frequently on a tablet.  No matter the use, there is one axiom: customers always expect a high level of service quality.  NFV and SDN architectures help introduce new and advanced services...solid proactive test methods help get them there.  As networks virtualize, so must test.
 
Enter JDSU TrueSpeed VNF, or "virtualized network function" software, the first standards-based test to ensure quality of experience for services delivered in a virtualized network environment.  It operates with JDSU's StrataSync-enabled T-BERD/MTS handheld network instruments.  The workforce efficiency benefits? Reduced service call times, fewer dispatches and more testing flexibility. Service providers that adopt TrueSpeed VNF can drive up to a 40 percent reduction in customer services costs!
 
Now, let's hear from Michael Bangert.  
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Michael Bangert, product manager, JDSU talks TrueSpeed virtualized test
 
Michael, congratulations – what were the factors that drive JDSU to collaboratively innovative a virtualized test solution and what sets it apart from what’s out there today?
 
Thanks Bernie, the key factors that led us to develop TrueSpeed VNF are the same ones that are driving communications service providers  to adopt NFV techniques generally.  Namely the need to increase agility in their networks, to control capital expenditure (CapEx), and to deploy new services and technologies faster than ever before.  We are simply applying NFV techniques to test functionality.  So with TrueSpeed VNF we are taking a test function that resides in our market leading test T-BERD/MTS equipment, virtualizing it, and enabling our customers to prove high quality network operation more flexibly than ever before. 
 
What could operators miss if they don’t deploy something like TrueSpeed’s VNF?
 
Well operators are really going to miss out on the opportunity to use the compute resources that they are deploying in their networks to improve end user Quality of Experience (QoE).  And it’s more than just using a TrueSpeed methodology to gauge customer experience of the network, it’s using a virtualized solution to perform that test immediately upon receipt of a customer complaint so that resolution can happen in a fraction of the time. 
 
How has customer reaction been? What types of customers are interested?
 
We have seen a ton excitement among customers for TrueSpeed VNF.  TrueSpeed, which is the JDSU implementation of RFC 6349, is widely use on our T-BERD/MTS test instruments.  So adding virtualized component to the TrueSpeed ecosystem allows them to use their existing assets more efficiently – turning a 2 man job into a 1 man job for example.  But customers are also really excited about new customer care use cases, where they can qualify a customer’s QoE without the need dispatch a technician at all.  So we are really seeing interest across the board from the major tier 1 service providers all the way down to regional players. 
 
What is a layman’s example – say someone using OTT video or a business app on a tablet – how does virtualized test like TrueSpeed VNF ultimately make their experience better, faster, more reliable?
 
End users typically have simplistic expectations about how applications should preform across a network and when those expectations do not match their experience of the network they become frustrated with their service provider.  Resolving these kinds of disputes about poor perceived performance is often complex and time consuming.  TrueSpeed VNF helps resolve those disputes faster by using a repeatable standards based methodology to rule operator’s network in our out as the source of the problem.  And if the network is the source of the problem, TrueSpeed VNF provides detailed analytics to help operators rapidly resolve the issue and confirm improved performance.  In short TrueSpeed VNF is all about making sure that networks support the applications that end users demand. 
 
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Olga Shapiro, Frost & Sullivan industry analyst, reports on the NFV market
 
Let's hear from Olga.

Olga - thanks for your time sharing your view. As a lead in the test and measurement practice group for Frost & Sullivan you’ve conducted at least one study recently on virtualization. What do you see as the biggest challenges for operators turning to NFV or SDN?

Cloud-based services are being adapted very rapidly and many organizations are converging their data centers in order to take advantage of this technology offering predictability, continuity, and quality of service that is promised by  virtualization technologies. In addition, Big Data, LTE, LTE-A and other technologies are making networks more complex. According to Frost & Sullivan research, today, virtualization is widespread, with 65% of all businesses reporting they have implemented server virtualization in their data centers. There is significant potential for growth in the market with adopters of virtualization enthusiastically embracing the model.  In addition, software-defined networking has emerged as another network technology promising high efficiency and capable of supporting the changing nature of future network functions and smart  applications at the same time decreasing OPEX via simplified hardware, software, and management.
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Despite customers having used proprietary, hardware-based test products over the years, virtualization is a new concept and customers today are not fully aware of it. Furthermore, customers who are aware of the concept are still not well educated on the features, functionalities, and unique benefits of such virtualized testers. Additionally, in most test scenarios, pricing test products per port is not relevant in a virtual environment. It is currently a challenge for test vendors to help customers understand the pricing model and why they need to purchase a virtualized test solution based on number of CPU cores and not on a per-port basis. 
 
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What are some of the test and measurement opportunities and challenges to help operators ensure quality while troubleshooting, maintaining virtualized networks?
 
Network operators’ networks are getting crowded with various  proprietary hardware appliances. Moreover, hardware-based appliances quickly reach end of life, thus, requiring more of the procure-design-integrate-deploy cycle to be repeated with insignificant or, often, no revenue benefit. With rapid technology growth, proprietary, hardware-based solutions are becoming obsolete sooner and the need for easy and cost-effective upgrade of test products is required and is much more feasible through a virtualized test solution. With service providers looking to enhance their services and the need for virtualized testing on the rise, more revenue is expected to be generated by this end-user segment going forward.  This end-user segment is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 68.8% from 2012 to 2020 with major focus from telecommunication service providers including AT&T, BT, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, and Verizon. Due to the affordability of virtualized solutions compared to proprietary hardware test counterparts, virtualized test products are expected to be widely adopted by SPs and enterprises. Some applications are expected to be appealing to fully virtualized test products and this trend is expected to continue.

 

Latest Mobile Trends That May Annoy or Inspire You

11/19/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As I got back to reading tech headlines this morning, I was reminded once again how increasing mobility and instant access to data have both positive and negative implications on us. Some of the latest trends are annoying while others give me great hope for humankind. Here are the headlines that caught my eye...
Kids Using Mobile Phones Will Become the Norm by 2020
A recent study from Ericsson predicts that 90 percent of the world’s population over the age of six will have a mobile phone by 2020. Right now, there are 2.7 billion smartphone subscriptions and this number is expected to hit 6.1 billion by 2020. There is also expected to be a tenfold increase in the use of mobile video calls, which would make up more than half of all mobile data traffic by 2020.
I’m sure most of you have stories about how your kids have already outsmarted you with mobile technology. It would be eye-opening to learn from an anthropological study how this ingrained mobile behavior will impact society in the future. I imagine this is already in the works.
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This image reminds of one of my little nieces, although I cringe at the thought of either of them yelling with attitude into a smartphone like an over-stressed and over-caffeinated executive.
Drivers Now Talk Less on Mobile Phones But are Addicted to Mobile Internet
State Farm just conducted its annual survey to measure drivers’ attitudes and behaviors related to distracted driving. While the percentage of drivers who talk on their phones has decreased, most likely due to laws implemented across the country, texting remains at the same level while other risky mobile behaviors have actually increased.
Accessing the Internet has doubled from 13 percent in 2009 to 26 percent this year. Drivers checking social media networks like Twitter rose from 9 percent to 20 percent over the same time period.
I wonder if the rise of connected cars that more seamlessly connect us to a wide range of data throughout our car environments will ease the distraction or further evolve them into weapons of mass distraction (and at times destruction). Better get more driverless cars on the road, stat!
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Aid Workers Are Leveraging Big Data to Fight Ebola
People helping to fight the battle against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have recognized that the lack of real-time data is slowing efforts to thwart this frightening disease.
To combat this, they are programming 10,000 smart phones so that aid workers can send data to the United Nations via a special WiFi network for faster and more informed decision making. This will help them quickly make major decisions, like figuring out where to deploy more resources such as personnel and supplies.
The WiFi network in the affected countries will be built by NetHope, a consortium of international humanitarian groups that specializes in bringing technology to developing regions.
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Mobile Apps for Happiness Are on the Rise
Anxiety and depression continue to increase but other research indicates that in reality, we actually have three times more positive than negative experiences. This disconnect has triggered a whole new field of research called “positive psychology.”  Silicon Valley has been integral to this trend with the creation of multiple mobile apps and programs for enhancing happiness and popular conferences like Wisdom 2.0.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford has also started holding the annual “Happiness App Challenge” for the development of the best happiness apps, acknowledging that the popularity of smartphones provides a unique platform to address mounting stress in modern society.

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Incidentally, I used to practice yoga with the brilliant woman who wrote this article for the Huffington Post but I refuse to forgo the sanctuary of my local yoga studio for a mobile yoga app, no matter what her story says!

 

Where is LTE Headed?

11/13/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Next week, JDSU is exhibiting at LTE North America (November 18-20) held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dallas, Texas. One of many stops for our company to engage with global mobile technology industry leaders. It has been reported that 50 billion connected devices are expected by 2020.  In an era of massive mobile app downloads, frequent mobile video viewing, lively social media activity and other drivers that impact bandwidth, LTE is a major enabler. But, where is LTE headed?
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In a recent exchange with Paul Gowans, global mobile network and service enablement expert for JDSU, we covered how LTE is evolving.  He will be presenting at the event next Wednesday: "Bulletproof Deployment and Management of Small Cells" in track 3 at 12:35 PM.  Here are his highlights on LTE.
 
Observing the LTE market today, coverage and capacity dominate in two areas: coverage for indoor and capacity for urban environments:
 
o indoor coverage - started with the humble FemTo cell in the home for residential coverage where the mobile signal proved to be poor. Now, the  issue of indoor coverage extends to key public areas, namely: stadiums, malls, offices, airports. The importance of access to environments where there are typically large numbers of people congregating in one place is big.
 
o urban capacity – an immense appetite for greater capacity exists in cities where the most data hungry users are. It is key to provide the capacity for the high end users in the specific locations they could use it most.
 
HetNet is a big influencer - think of this as a combination of macro, small cells, DAS and WiFi.  These technologies will deliver benefits to the end user. DAS for example aligns well for indoor coverage. For urban capacity you must position the small cells as close to the heavy users as possible.
 
Let’s not forget hungry handsets - LTE continues to evolve to meet the ever increasing capacity and coverage demands of the hungry handsets. 
 
As for LTE and data services, LTE Advanced is key, in particular carrier aggregation for increased bandwidth where component carriers can be joined to deliver a potential bandwidth of up to 100 Mhz.  This allows operators to aggregate different parts of the spectrum they may have to deliver a broader pipe to the customer.  There is the added advantage of combining spectrum that does better for indoor with spectrum that deliver greater capacity.
 
MIMO brings another dynamic by offering capacity where different user data is transmitted from multiple antennas or for coverage where the same user data is transmitted from multiple antennas.  
 
LTE-Broadcast or eMBMS is also being deployed – this is rather than a 1-to-1 form of communication but a 1-to-many allowing a more efficient use of the bandwidth to broadcast content to a set of users.
 
VoLTE is another key evolution.  Consider that LTE, up until now, has been focused on data services. VoLTE is an all packet voice service, delivering HD voice with fast connection time over LTE. In addition messaging will typically also be delivered over LTE when voice migrates. VoLTE not only delivers a better voice experience it also helps operators realize business benefits in the shape of improved OpEx.
 
And we’re already talking about 5G, which is at the very early stages. Many operators are starting to get involved in what 5G might look like or what the user demands will be.  
 
Fiber is a critical technology and prevalent in the fronthaul and the backhaul with distributed cell site architectures gaining traction.  The RF signal is delivered over fiber and mechanisms such as RFoCPRI in order to allow field technicians to do an effective job.
 
As 2014 nears an end, looking ahead to next year, LTE deployments will still dominate the landscape together with the evolution of LTE into LTE-Advanced, LTE-Broadcast and VoLTE.  In fact, LTE will be the defacto service for many users. Plus, small cells will be used more readily in cities to provide extra capacity. NFV, although new, will evolve as the industry evaluates the opportunities and challenges of a virtualized network. Lastly, SON (self-organizing networks) will be an important part of the strategy of operators.

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JDSU's Paul Gowans is presenting during the "Bulletproof Deployment and Management of Small Cells" session at LTE North America in Dallas.

 

CCOP Wins in China & More on the Upcoming Spin

11/7/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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This week, Huawei granted JDSU the 2014 Excellent Core Partner Award for the fourth time in five years at its core partner convention held in Shenzhen, China. The award is the highest honor given by Huawei to its base of approximately one thousand suppliers.

Alan Lowe, president of CCOP, was at the event on Thursday and also participated in a media briefing at the JDSU Shenzhen office on Friday to discuss the CCOP business and the upcoming separation.
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Alan Lowe, President of CCOP and TJ Lu, VP of APAC Sales, spoke to Chinese media on Friday and provided a tour of the JDSU facility in Shenzhen.
Here are some the key points that shed more light on what's happening at CCOP:
What is the rationale behind the separation of CCOP from JDSU?
It allows CCOP to focus on its strategic direction without having to compete with other business units for prioritization. It also provides a clearer path and understanding of our vision and goals for our customers, employees and other key stakeholders.
CCOP is operationally fit and we have done all of the heavy lifting and are ready to be focused as a standalone company to serve our customers and to grow profitability.
How will the separation impact the existing CCOP structure?  

CCOP is creating a new company that has its own functions and infrastructure. Recently we named Aaron Tachibana as CFO-designate. Aaron is presently JDSU’s VP of Finance and Global Controller and we’re very excited to add him to our executive team.

Other than that, we have strong leaders in place who will continue to collaborate closely with our customers.  If anything, the new company will reinvigorate the CCOP team, make us more agile, and enhance the value we bring to our customers and other stakeholders.

Can you explain the different technologies you provide and the markets that you serve?

TELECOM & DATACOM
The amount of network traffic is staggering, driven by new smart devices, popular apps like streaming video, and other consumer electronics like smart TVs. This drives demand for bandwidth and for our solutions in both the Telecom and Datacom (data center) markets.

Network providers are moving from fixed networks to faster, more agile networks and are buying our TrueFlex solutions for flexibility and 100G modulators to support faster data rates. They are also requiring higher-density applications and solutions for next generation networks such as our leading ROADM, Tunable SFP and XFP solutions. We provide a broad range of products across different parts of the network infrastructure and will continue to develop high density solutions that drive down power consumption for our customers.

Hyperscale data centers are also being aggressively built by Web 2.0 companies to support soaring bandwidth and CCOP provides an innovative portfolio of 40G interconnects and is also ramping up a series of 100G products for this fast-growing market.

LASERS

Our commercial lasers group has had great success over the past year. Earlier in 2014, we acquired Time-Bandwidth for picosecond lasers and that business is performing very well. We are also providing second-generation fiber lasers as the manufacturing market continues to shift away from CO2 lasers for uses such as glass cutting. In addition, we continue to grow our strong partnership with Amada for high-power fiber lasers.

3D SENSING

CCOP was one of early leaders to provide optics for 3D sensing; first in gaming and now moving to other applications and devices. Our expertise is a huge advantage for emerging opportunities. Now we are focusing on new capabilities such as facial and iris recognition so that people don’t have to remember their passwords to use various devices.

What will be the name of your new company?

We are in the process of going through a branding exercise now and will formally announce the name of the company once it is final.
How many employees and locations will you have?
We aren’t currently sharing this level of detail but we will continue to have a strong presence in APAC and across all regions. Our headquarters will remain in Milpitas, CA with key sites across all regions.
How much revenue does CCOP expect to generate?
We don’t share forward-looking information but as a business unit of JDSU, CCOP’s revenues in fiscal year 2014 (ended June 30, 2014) were $794.1 million.
CCOP serves a $7.4 billion optical communications market expected to grow at a compounded rate of 11 percent over the next four years.
It also serves an approximate $2.5 billion commercial lasers market, growing at a forecasted 7 percent annually. 
Will this change the way you do business with your customers or timing for your current product roadmaps?
We will move forward with our roadmaps and don’t expect this to change the way we do business. If anything the separation will make us more agile.
How do you see CCOP expanding in China and in Asia overall?
The APAC region is a strategic area for CCOP. 100G is a huge opportunity in China and all telecom carriers are investing in this area to upgrade and build out their networks with faster data rates.
We are also having positive momentum with our laser solutions in China, Korea and Japan and have a strong partnership with Amada for our high-power fiber laser solutions.  Our 3D sensing solutions are also gaining more momentum across different players in various APAC regions.

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Alan Lowe celebrated the Huawei award news with JDSU employees in Shenzhen, China on Thursday.

Congratulations to CCOP on their continued success and to the APAC team for their award from Huawei!

 

Gimme Fibre Day 2014: Q&A with FTTH Council Europe’s Hartwig Tauber

11/3/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Sure, fibre is a real technology force.  But, why all the recent fuss about fibre?  That's because Nov. 4 is Gimme Fibre Day, a virtual event run by the FTTH Council that encourages organizations around the world to tout the benefits of fibre to the home technology.  What’s new since last year’s event, you may ask?  Well we took our questions straight to a major industry source – this blog features a recent exchange between me and Hartwig Tauber who is the Director General of FTTH Council Europe.

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For JDSU’s part … in the spirit of celebrating Gimme Fibre Day, highlights of recent activity include:

* JDSU’s Get Fiber Smart Page is loaded with the latest in JDSU fiber products and solutions, videos and webinars, resource center and reference guides.

* JDSU XG-PON video shows the ins and outs of the JDSU OLP-87 XG-PON test meter.
 
* The launch of a new optical power meter solution for FTTH deployments PowerChek™ with flexibility for many fibre network applications.
 
How ​PowerChek™works: When testing fibre optic networks, there is no instrument more widely utilized than the Optical Power Meter (OPM), an essential tool to troubleshoot and ensure fibre networks are correctly installed and optimized. As requirements for testing and certifying optical networks expand, technicians rely on their OPM to measure optical power and provide an easy way to document results and generate reports to certify quality and performance.  The expansion of fibre into additional applications has created an influx of technicians that are new to fibre optic technology—they prefer a tool that adapts to their working environment and skill set. JDSU’s new solution makes fibre optic power measurements easier, faster and safer.
 
* Interview with Hartwig! Read on for great, global insight on fibre’s fantastic future.      
 
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Hartwig Tauber from FTTH Council - Director General, FTTH Council Europe
 
Let’s start with the past year  since the last Gimme Fibre Day celebration - please name a few industry trends that have been peaking this year in the fiber industry. Also, it seemed like Gimme Fibre Day was a major success . . . how did it go in your view?
 
Hartwig Tauber:  Since last year, FTTH has gained speed again in some European countries. The Nordics started a second wave of fibre roll out and we could see a new trend of regional broadband-fibre initiatives in Germany, Austria, UK, France and some other countries. It seems that in particular rural and semi-rural areas are not willing anymore to wait until the incumbent is moving forward on fibre. In Germany there was even a debate on structural separation, investigating models to split Deutsche Telekom into an infrastructure and services part. The first statements of President Junker regarding a focus of the new European Commission on Digital Economy sound promising.
 
Regarding our first Gimme Fibre Day: this was a great success. There were more than 30 activities and events in 16 European countries – and several more in the areas of our sister organisations around the world. This year we event want to top this and we already have a lineup of interesting Gimme Fibre Day activities!
 
Now, let’s look ahead - what are the hot areas that are coming up/down the road in Europe that observers should keep an eye on – any new advancements or expected opportunities for fiber technology?
 
Hartwig Tauber:  We expect a strong broadband and fibre push through the new European Commission next year. Many projects that are in planning seem to start off in 2015/16. This should include some interesting news from Poland where we have our FTTH Conference in February 2015. We are realistic;  countrywide deployments by incumbents will still not happen – but they are forced to go at least for Fibre to the Building in cities to stay competitive towards the cable operators. The combination of FTTB and G.Fast could lead to a new acceleration of fibre deployments.
 
You travel the world to take part in forums that address the impact of fiber on the technology industry. What stands out as common themes?
 
Hartwig Tauber:  There is common agreement that ultra-fast broadband that delivers good quality of service is important for economic growth and society. And all players agree that FTTH is the only endgame solution. The interesting situation is that Europe still sticks to its “technology neutrality” approach while most of the other regions pave the way towards full fibre networks. The FTTH Council Europe will therefore continue to urge the decision makers to actually MAKE a decision: “If you want fibre, why don’t you just say it?”.
 
Another topic that I see around the world: the consumer demand for bandwidth and quality of service is increasing very fast. 4k and Ultra-High-Definition TV are buzz words but when you discuss further, most experts agree that the parallel use of already existing services quickly adds up to bandwidth demands that can only be fulfilled by FTTH.
 
How about the status of FTTB/H penetration and how you see it moving forward?
 
Hartwig Tauber:  While the growth in Europe is slow but steady, some other regions in the world move forward in a surprising speed. South America and several African countries start deploying FTTH in a broad scale, simply because the growing cities need telecommunication infrastructure and there is no legacy copper network available. European decision makers have the reflex to say that this cannot be compared with the regulatory and market framework in Europe. This might be correct, but still we are in global competition with those regions and it could be a big surprise when “Good Old Europe” realizes one day that we are lagging behind on FTTH and therefore on competitiveness.
 
What activity does the FTTH Council Europe have planned for this year’s Gimme Fibre Day?  Since you have insight into what organizations have planned, does any activity get your attention as super creative or big to commemorate the occasion?
 
Hartwig Tauber:  The Gimme Fibre Day is the day of all FTTH supporters. Like last year we count on our members, on operators, associations and individuals to do a broad spectrum of activities on 4th November. We see ourselves as facilitator to motivate and to coordinate the activities. With our new and completely redesigned Gimme Fibre Day website combined with a Facebook campaign, we try to attract as many people as possible.
 
A special activity from FTTH Council Europe is #run4fibre – everyone can post her or his jogging-trainings on Facbook and tag it with #run4fibre. The one who runs the largest distance until February 2015 will win either an iPad or a brand new Polar training computer. Therefore: put on your running shoes, activate your running app and run for fibre!
 
Hartwig, thanks for your time! Congratulations on a fantastic worldwide “virtual” event to drive awareness of and celebrate the immensely important benefits of fiber. 

 

Quarterly Roundup: More on the Company Split

10/31/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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On Wednesday, JDSU announced its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015, which exceeded the high end of its guidance range at $433.6 million in revenue.  A lot of discussion during the earnings call was of course centered on the company split and so I thought I would address a few questions in this post.

As announced in September, JDSU plans to separate into two publicly traded companies. The CCOP organization (SpinCo) will include Telecom, Datacom, Lasers and 3D Sensing offerings and will be led by the business unit’s current president, Alan Lowe.

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The Network and Service enablement company (NewCo) will include JDSU’s current Network Enablement, Service Enablement and Optical Security and Performance Products and will be led by JDSU’s current CEO, Tom Waechter.
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What’s the rationale behind splitting the company in two?
JDSU decided on this path after a comprehensive review of our strategy, portfolio, and other options available to the company and extensive discussions with our board. With the two new companies operating independently, each will have a sharper focus on capturing growth opportunities in the various markets that they serve.  
We believe the separation will allow CCOP to devote enhanced focus to its leading position in telecom, expand its position in the high-growth datacom market, and grow its commercial lasers and 3D sensing businesses.
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The separation will also enable NSE to continue its leadership in network enablement, while continuing to transition to a more software-centric company aligned with the industry's rapid shift to software defined networks.
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As our results and Q2 guidance show, both SpinCo and NewCo are starting out fiscal year 2015 with solid revenue and margins, providing positive momentum as we move towards the spin.
 
What progress have you made since you announced plans for the separation in September?
We’ve identified a significant number of JDSU employees that will be part of NewCo. We’ve also made a lot of progress setting up processes and systems for the separation and remain on track for our target separation date of the third quarter in calendar year 2015.
 
What are your biggest challenges moving forward?
Telecom carrier spending has been uneven in recent years. However, at the same time, the lines between Telecom and Enterprise networks have blurred with increased mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to work environments. We’ve been diversifying across the Enterprise and Datacom markets, including Cloud and Data Center opportunties, to serve these areas.
What are your biggest opportunities moving forward?
For NewCo, it is the transition towards software-based architectural changes, including SDN and NFV. This presents a unique opportunity to deliver greater customer value by providing end-to-end network visibility across Service Providers and Enterprises.  Our goal is to help customers profitably scale and meet unrelenting demand for the ongoing proliferation of devices and applications.
 
For SpinCo, networks are moving to faster transmission speeds of  40G in data centers and Enterprise and 100G in Long Haul and Metro networks. These infrastructures require fast and flexible optical components and solutions. Lasers is also entering a new growth phase in both micro and macro machining.
 
Expect more updates about the split on “JDSU Perspectives” in the near future. Happy Halloween and congratulations to the San Francicso Giants on winning the World Series!

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Video Quality – One Way It’s Done (Video)

10/29/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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You may have heard that video is an “emotional medium.” It’s always been that way. No wonder viewers are sensitive to having a flawless experience. But especially these days...just look at the following setting that a recent article points out:

o Global Internet traffic has multiplied five-fold over the past five years and is set to increase threefold over the next five years (Cisco). Within two years, the annual volume of data will pass one zettabyte.

o By 2018, traffic will reach 64 times the volume of the entire Internet in 2005 (Cisco).

o One major culprit of all this drama is “the movement of video entertainment to the Internet. We now live in an era when we can use an online service like Netflix or Hulu to pick what we want to see when we want to see it.”

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There’s a low threshhold among viewers of content when a picture pixilates or tiles – any impairment in our viewing and listening is tolerated less and less in the age of instant access. Throw in the mix the increase in video on demand (VOD) and the popularity of digital video and one key aspect for customer satisfaction has for years grabbed JDSU’s attention: what type of quality is the consumer experiencing, and how do service providers like cable operators make sure it’s of a high quality? 

JDSU just released a video showcasing just that – the ins and outs of analyzing and troubleshooting the network with a recently unveiled, top notch, incredibly innovative video analyzer solution. In this short video clip, check out how:
·         The industry’s first converged digital spectrum video analyzer and noise-troubleshooting platform works in today’s unique environment and for the future
·         JDSU helps cable service providers maintain optimal network performance with video and spectrum analysis for fast and easy preventive maintenance and troubleshooting 
 
 
 
 
Categories:Broadband

 

JDSU & Amada Introduce New Direct Diode Laser

10/22/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As part of continued momentum in its lasers business, JDSU announced another collaboration with Amada today on a new direct diode laser. The laser is being demonstrated in a new metal cutting system from Amada called ExC (Exchange CO2) during the EuroBLECH event in Hanover, Germany this week.
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Top executives from Amada & JDSU were at the unveiling of the new ExC metal cutting system.
Direct diode lasers are typically used for welding or for treating metal surfaces. This is one of the first new designs that leverages diode laser technology to cut metal.
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The new ExC metal cutting system includes an innovative diode laser design that was co-developed by JDSU and Amada.
Metal manufacturers use the solutions to quickly and efficiently create metal parts that go into many products we use every day, from car parts, to ATM machines to file cabinets.
“We’ve collaborated closely with Amada for more than seven years on innovative laser solutions," said Alan Lowe, president of CCOP at JDSU. "This latest offering complements the fiber laser portfolio we developed so that metal processing manufacturers have a wide range of solutions to meet their various needs."CollabInnovation.png
Categories:2015 Trends, Lasers

 

On the Cutting Edge of 3D Sensing

10/20/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Last month, the Optical Society of America announced that JDSU won its 2014 “Enabled by Optics” award for its innovative light source technology that is used in 3D sensing applications. 3D sensing lets people interact with technology in a very seamless and natural way. It could eventually remove the need for a remote, mouse or keyboard when you use a connected device like your TV or smartphone.

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Early versions of this technology recorded a person’s gross movements, such as hand gestures, to control applications like video games. The latest version of JDSU’s light source technology allows for highly-precise 3D sensing capabilities that record very subtle activities such as facial expressions or heart rate and incorporates them into various applications. 3D sensor process.png

The light source generates invisible pulses of light at the highest power and fastest speed to allow for these improved sensing and high resolution capabilities. A new ‘active IR’ capability also better adapts to room lighting changes and lets 3D sensing systems detect and track people even in the dark.
In addition to gaming and living room/TV applications, more advanced levels of 3D sensing are now opening up opportunities for use in mobile and security applications - imagine being able to use 3D sensing to scan your face and unlock your phone.
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Today, Andre Wong from JDSU accepted the award at the Frontiers in Optics event held in Arizona and the video below was shown to attendees.
Congratulations to Andre and the rest of the team at JDSU for all of their pioneering work on 3D sensing over the past several years.

  

 

JDSU Recognized for Mobile Innovation: Frost & Sullivan, Internet Telephony

10/13/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Great news! Frost & Sullivan and TMC/Internet Telephony picked JDSU as an industry leader in LTE and small cells categories. We recently won two industry awards heralding our portfolio of network and service mobile test solutions for innovative excellence. We continue to enable next-generation mobile networks and services worldwide driven by the fast pace of 4G/LTE, big data, small cells, mobile video and other advanced technologies.

Frost & Sullivan Names JDSU New Product Innovation Winner.
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Frost & Sullivan selected JDSU as the winner of its best practices in New Product Innovation award for RF over CPRI, or Radio Frequency over Common Public Radio Interface. As Frost & Sullivan’s global team of analysts and consultants research a wide range of markets across multiple sectors and geographies, they chose JDSU for successfully introducing a new and innovative solution into their markets, with emphasis on product quality and customer value.

 

A month ago JDSU added integrated RFoCPRI to its cellular tower-testing solution, the CellAdvisor Base Station Analyzer, in an industry first that allows field technicians to quickly and more affordably identify and fix signal interference problems without having to climb a fiber-based tower.
 
Frost & Sullivan is pleased to recognize JDSU as the new product innovation leader in the RF over CPRI market,” said Olga Shapiro, program manager for Measurement and Instrumentation at Frost & Sullivan, a global research group. “To achieve leadership in new product innovation is never an easy task, but it is one made even more difficult due to today’s competitive intensity, customer volatility, and economic uncertainty—not to mention the difficulty of innovating in an environment of escalating challenges to intellectual property. Within this context, JDSU’s award signifies an even greater accomplishment.”
 
JDSU Wins LTE Visionary Award from TMC/INTERNET TELEPHONY .
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TrueSite, a JDSU mobile test solution that enables the installation and troubleshooting of indoor cell site and DAS deployments, won the 2014 LTE Visionary Award by the Mobility Tech Zone. The award is sponsored by Internet Telephony/TMC, a global integrated media company, and Crossfire Media. This recognition honors companies enabling delivery and capitalizing on the opportunity for LTE-based networks to continue to support customers with solutions that facilitate the evolved packet core, deliver hetnet and small cell architectures to reach customers, and other supporting network systems designed to deliver and enable applications.
 

“It is exciting to be witnessing the evolution of mobility and the recipients of the Mobility Tech Zone LTE Visionary Award represent leaders within the mobile industry,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Our award winners are delivering on enabling users by making carriers and enterprise networks capable of supporting our exponential data demands.”

For more on our awards and recognition, please visit here.    
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Tech Watch: Smart Tattoos, Underwater Drones, 3D Food Printing & Self-Destructing Hard Drives

10/2/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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More innovations are coming to the Internet-of-Things (or Everything) ecosystem that will continue to change our relationship with technology and are simply just fun to think about. Here’s the latest.

Tech Tattoos
Innovators are imagining what wearable tech will look like when it reaches “beyond the wrist.” They are developing a smart digital tattoo that is implanted into your hand to unlock doors, make payments or to share your personal business card with others during a handshake.
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Prototypes are being designed for smart tatoos that include small sensors that would be embedded under your skin.
Drones That Go Deep - Personal Submarines
Compact, lightweight personal submarines are hitting the market that let people self-pilot them with minimal training. DeepFlight Dragon is an all- electric submarine that can explore underwater down to 400 feet.
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This new tech toy should appear in the next "James Bond" movie.
3D Printers for Food
Researchers are testing new 3D printers that create food like pizza and coffee for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. 3D printing gives them the ability to ‘manufacture food components’ according to their personalized nutritional needs. Picture printing only the food portions that you need directly from your own ‘easy bake oven’ of the future and reducing food waste.
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Astronauts can now enjoy better-tasting coffee and pizza in space with this 3D food printer.
Hard Drive That Self Destructs via Text Command
For about $1,600, you can now buy a hard drive that will self-destruct upon your text command if it appears that someone is trying to hack your information. The “kill command” makes the drive scramble all stored data and blocks all known methods of data recovery.
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Every First-World techno geek needs one of these.
Nano Batteries For Improved Mobile Life
Longer and faster charging batteries is something every mobile user wants. StoreDot, a company that uses bio-organic technology to make ultrafast charging batteries, just raised $42 million in new funding. StoreDot’s technology provides a sustainable solution to replace lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in minutes rather than hours because the elements, or nanodots, are so small.
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StoreDot has discovered self-assembling nanodots from organic materials that can be used to make a new kind of batteries.