Analysis & opinion

28 November 2018

INCA members recently gathered to examine the opportunities and challenges presented to the alternative network (altnet) sector on the path to full fibre and 5G. Keely Portway reports on some of the main topics covered at the event

20 September 2018

How has the strength of the Electronic Communications Code been tested by the dispute between Virgin Media and Durham County Council? Brian Wake offers his view*

19 September 2018

The UK City and Guilds 3667 qualification is fit for purpose, and the one to which communications cabling installers and technicians aspire, argues Chris Atkin

06 September 2018

Dr Danish Rafique offers a strategic blueprint for the optical networking sector

29 August 2018

Anthony Clarkson examines the opportunities that could be presented to networks by ‘dark ­fibre’

20 June 2018

The second day of this year’s ANGA COM conference and exhibition in Cologne saw the Broadband and Media Summit prompt lively debate amongst panellists, particularly regarding the recently announced Vodafone Deutschland-Unitymedia acquisition. Keely Portway reports

Moderator, Claus Strunz mediated between participants Dr. Manuel Cubero, CCO, Vodafone; Lutz Schüler CEO, Unitymedia; Conrad Albert, deputy CEO and group general council, ProSiebenSat.1 Media; Carsten Schmidt CEO, Sky Deutschland; and Dr. Dirk Wössner, member of the board of management for Germany Deutsche Telekom.

04 June 2018

Ana Pesovic discusses the three core elements required in creating a smart city

For centuries, humanity has looked for new ways to build smarter cities; ways that improve city operations, grow the economy and create a better place for people to work and live. From the aqueducts in Rome to the more recent technology innovations that help simplify the challenges of urban life, cities are, and have been, getting smarter throughout history.

03 April 2018

Following the second annual debating reception organised by the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum, Richard Ednay poses whether the UK can catch-up with the global full fibre connectivity race

16 March 2018

Green Nylon jacketed 576 fibre optic ribbon cable at an installation site used for the backbone of the NBN in Australia

Benoît Felten takes a closer look at what went wrong with Australia’s ambitious National Broadband Network

01 March 2018

Will silicon photonics live up to its promises? Pauline Rigby investigates

16 February 2018

Mobile futures depend on fibre but first the technology camps must start talking to each other, argues David Brunnen

19 January 2018

Over the last year, you may have heard proponents espouse the benefits of OM4+ multimode fibre. For instance, they claim it is better for single-wavelength applications, and it’s comparable to OM5 for multiwavelength application support. While OM4+ may have some useful attributes, which vary from company to company, that variation is a clue to the fact that in all cases it is proprietary, meaning it is not standardised. Essentially, the public is being asked to take OM4+ proponents at their word. As New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra once said, ‘It’s like déjà vu all over again’.

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