Analysis & opinion

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’.

08 January 2018

As the year ends and a new one starts, it’s time to look back at some of the highlights of the last 12 months. 2017 was a great year for the optical networking industry and for Fibre Systems in particular as website traffic grew by 30 per cent. We’ve studied the statistics to see who was reading what. We then divided our top ten stories of the year into the five most-read news stories and the five most popular feature articles. Without further ado, here they are.

Top five news stories

Here are the headlines that caught our readers’ attention in 2017.

15 December 2017

The notion of a renewal cycle hasn’t really changed when it comes to IT.

The accepted prime operating life of computers is roughly three years. Such is the pace of innovation and advancement, combined with the amortisation of asset value, after three years most equipment is obsolete. Having been superseded by significantly improved replacements, while the cost has been largely written-off the balance sheet. That’s before we even consider reliability. A three-year-old server running 24/7 will be more susceptible to business-disrupting hardware failure.

15 December 2017

When communications infrastructure is not refreshed as often as end points, such as servers and mobile devices, limitations can quickly manifest, writes Mervyn Kelly

27 November 2017

Irate broadband infrastructure firms have lashed out at a bizarre ruling from the UK’s advertising watchdog that will allow service providers to continue to use the word ‘fibre’ in their commercials, even when the connection to the home is not an optical fibre.

“Frankly, using this ruling I can now start calling my mobile phone a fibre phone because the delivery to my phone is over part fibre! It’s patently idiotic,” fumed Matthew Hare, chief executive of rural broadband provider Gigaclear.

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