Ovum is projecting an upbeat long-term forecast for sales of optical networking (ON) equipment, predicting that market will reach $20 billion by 2017, a 5-percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). LatAm will be the largest growth area, and North America should report solid growth as Tier-1 network operators embrace new 100G technology to meet growing data-center needs…The recently formed IEEE 802.3 Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group measure industry interest and needs in the next generation of the IEEE 802.3 BASE-T family of technologies for Ethernet transmission over twisted-pair cabling. IEEE 802.3 BASE-T technologies typically use server-uplink data rates of Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet today, but platform transitions and systems innovation on all fronts are driving new networking requirements; extension to 40 Gigabit Ethernet and higher speeds will be required in coming years. click here for more information…Smart set-top boxes often garner less attention than do other connected consumer-electronics (CE) devices like TVs and game consoles; Apple has referred to its Apple TV as a “hobby,” although it leads the market with some 4 million units shipped through 2011. Roku has had recent success (e.g., passing 2.5 million units in 2011), but the future looks challenging (at the very least) for these dedicated streaming devices to break out of a niche status. ABI Research analysts note, “The future of connected CE will ultimately work together with mobile devices and not against them. Other CE devices like connected TVs and game consoles are already integrating mobile devices into the user experience, the same will likely prove true for smart set-top boxes as well. If the Android boxes gain popularity this could create a stronger ecosystem play for Google”…According to ISPreview.co.uk, 75 percent of those polled still find ISP promotions of broadband speed to be misleading, and 82 percent of respondents don’t trust the term "unlimited usage." The group now is urging regulator Ofcom to standardize how service restrictions are communicated to subscribers, including ending the reported ISP practice of burying such details in the small print or hard-to-find sections of a Web site…Mobile Experts believes the market for outdoor and indoor Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) continues to evolve, with future growth being driven by hospitality, healthcare, universities and high-rise buildings. It predicts a doubling in size during the next five years, with an increase in combos of DAS with Wi-Fi, public safety radio and LTE networks. In addition, small cells will replace macrocells as the primary signal source for indoor DAS systems…U.S. enterprises and consumers are expected to spend more than $47 billion during the next five years on Ethernet services, comments The Insight Research Corporation. Industry revenue could grow from nearly $5 billion today to more than $11 billion by 2017. However, wireless backhaul growth will start to moderate as LTE deployments are completed.