Finisar sees revenue slide continuing

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Fujitsu boasts 77 optical networking patents in 2011
Fujitsu Network Communications says it was awarded 77 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2011, 35 more than the company receiving the second-most. In fact, Fujitsu claims that its photonics research and development has garnered 447 patents since 2006 – 40 more than any other optical technology provider.The patents covered a variety of optical communications technologies, including next-generation reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology, 400G transport, and Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching.Each year, Fujitsu says it invests more than $2.8 billion in R&D, with the aim of providing North America’s telecom carriers, multiple system operators (MSOs), and private and public-sector enterprises with technology that offers the high bandwidths, low latencies, uninterrupted availability, and security they require.“Fujitsu’s technology has been chosen by the largest communications operators in North America so it’s not surprising to see them being at the forefront of innovation,” said Ron Kline, principal analyst, network infrastructure telecoms, Ovum. “The company’s substantial R&D investments are helping to move the communications industry toward the next generation in networking where multiple transport standards, protocols and transmission speeds coexist on a single, unified infrastructure.”Fujitsu believes its technology leadership is fueling the company’s growing optical network market share in North America. According to Ovum, as of Q4 2011, the vendor owned 22% of the total optical transport and switching market, more than any other single provider, the company points out.
Verizon to deploy Juniper Networks PTX Series in US and Europe
Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) have jointly revealed that the international carrier plans to deploy the Juniper Networks PTX Series in its U.S. and European networks by the end of this year.The deployment announcement follows revelations last week at TIA 2012: Inside the Network that Verizon plans to converge its four packet networks onto a common MPLS-based 100-Gbps backbone (see “Verizon begins backbone convergence”). Verizon Executive Vice President and CTO Tony Melone said at the show that Juniper Networks would have a major role to play.“In a world where customer needs and speeds are steadily increasing, Verizon will be able to improve the scalability and efficiency of its core MPLS network by employing the industry-leading switch density of the Juniper Networks PTX,” said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global IP and transport planning and technology for Verizon. “The PTX provides significant packet processing power, system scale and reduced power consumption – all of which will help Verizon meet its future needs.”The deployment is a major win for Juniper Networks’ PTX Series, which the company unveiled at OFC/NFOEC in 2011 (see “PTX Series Packet Transport Switch starts Juniper Networks down packet-optical transport path”). In the context of a general trend towards IP/optical convergence, the fact that Verizon would install a label switch router in its network, which uses so much Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology, will undoubtedly give Juniper a significant boost in marketing the PTX platform."Verizon’s reputation as a pioneer in advanced communications and entertainment services was clearly demonstrated in 2010 when the company became the first service provider to commercially deploy 100G Ethernet,” said Stefan Dyckerhoff, executive vice president and general manager for Juniper Networks Platform Systems Division. “Today, Verizon makes another landmark decision by selecting the PTX Series, the industry’s first converged packet transport switch, to advance its network core and provide future-ready scalability while dramatically simplifying its infrastructure overhead.”Verizon will initially deploy the PTX5000, which delivers 8 Tbps of capacity, with plans to move toward higher capacity as needs warrant. The PTX Series currently has a top capacity of 16 Tbps. Verizon collaborated with Juniper Networks to advance the Junos Express chipset on which the PTX is based to lower power, increase performance, and reduce cost, the companies say.“Service providers face significant operational challenges as packet data traffic volume across global wireline and broadband wireless networks is forecast to increase seven-fold by 2015, driven by significant increases in Internet, IP data, video, over the top traffic, content distribution networks and mobile data traffic," said Nav Chander, research manager, enterprise telecom at IDC. “Verizon’s decision to deploy a next-generation packet optimized core transport solution helps Verizon better prepare and manage this network growth for the diverse packet data applications across its global network infrastructure and portfolio of wireless and wireline services.”
Finisar sees revenue slide continuing
Finisar Corp. (FNSR) revealed that revenues declined sequentially in the final quarter of its fiscal year, ended April 30, 2012. And the company expects revenues to continue to slide during the next quarter.The company revealed that revenues for the quarter declined $3 million for the quarter, to $239.9 million, compared to the previous quarter. The results were within guidance, but less than the consensus $243 million analysts had expected. An uptick in sales of its datacom-related products could not overcome weakness in the telecom segment, the company said."The lower telecom revenues were primarily the result of sluggish carrier capital expenditures and the full three-month impact of annual price reductions for telecom products,” said Jerry Rawls, Finisar's executive chairman of the board.GAAP gross margin was 27.3% -- 31.4% on a non-GAAP basis  -- compared to 29.3% and 31.8% in the preceding quarter. Again, the declines reflected the impact of the annual price reductions for telecom products over the full quarter, the company stated.“We were pleased that our gross margin for the quarter exceeded our guidance, resulting in earnings per diluted share which was at the upper end of our guidance range," Rawls said.However, good times are not right around the corner. Finisar management said they expect revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 range between $218 million and $233 million. GAAP operating margin will be in the range of approximately 0.5% to 2.0%, they predicted, with non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.11 to $0.15.Taking the just concluded fiscal year as a whole, the company held its own. Revenues increased to $952.6 million, up $3.8 million, or 0.4%, from the $948.8 million it earned during the preceding year. Again datacom products led the way, up $59.0 million, or 12.3%. This success offset a year-on-year decline of 11.7% in the sale of telecom products for telecom, which came in at $55.2 million.
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