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24 November 2016

This week, the UK government handed broadband operators a double helping of encouragement to deploy fibre networks all the way to homes and businesses.

In the Autumn Statement outlining its future spending plans, the government allocated £400 million over four years to invest in deployment of full fibre networks, while also offering a five-year moratorium on the business rates charged on fibre networks.

03 November 2016

It’s optical networking hardware Jim, but not as we know it: Facebook has unveiled Voyager, which it describes as the industry’s first white-box transponder and IP/MPLS routing solution.

The announcement was made at the first ever summit of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) in Facebook’s headquarters at Menlo Park, California, this week.

05 October 2016

LONDON - ADTRAN CONNECT EMEA 2016 - The European Commission’s new strategy for a gigabit society will narrow down the technology options for operators looking to invest in high-speed broadband networks, according to a former advisor to the Commission.

Speaking at the Adtran Connect EMEA event in London this week, Tony Shortall of consultancy firm Telage said that the proposed new telecom framework represents a “big shift in EU policy” that will push regulators and policy makers towards optical fibre-based networks.

18 May 2016

An industry coalition representing Britain’s telecoms providers has challenged Ofcom to deliver on its promises to reform BT’s Openreach subsidiary and future-proof Britain’s voice and broadband capabilities.

The coalition represents major consumer brands Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, as well as the Independent Network Cooperative Association (INCA) on behalf of ‘alternative network’ providers of next-generation infrastructure and connectivity.

24 February 2016

Nokia, Intel and major telecom operators have joined Facebook in a new initiative that aims to make it easier and quicker to design new telecom networks.

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is modelled on Facebook’s successful Open Compute Project for data centre networks, which has helped the social networking company save billions of dollars on infrastructure costs over the past few years.

05 January 2016

Generic and low-cost digital signal processing chips for coherent optical transceivers are required for the 100G metro market, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov

Digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits were an enabler of the transition from 10G and 40G interfaces to 100G in optical networks. These chips are instrumental in unravelling the information that is received using coherent detection, while compensating for several types of fibre impairments that would otherwise render the signal unintelligible.

09 November 2015

By Barney Lane, director of regulatory affairs, Colt Technology Services

I would like to say a few words about the regulatory regime, it suitability for today and its fitness for the future. In doing so, I would like to start with two propositions.

04 November 2015

By Colin Sempill, managing director at SSE Enterprise Telecoms

Modern life continues to accelerate and telecoms is no exception. What was once an impressive 1Gb/s connection, now needs to be a minimum of 10Gb/s, with capacity to grow to 100Gb/s. This increase in demand has been driven – in part – by both the sheer volume of connected devices and increasingly collaborative business practices, which increase the amount of data crossing the network. Cloud systems, for example, now make up to €12 billion of the UK IT market.

07 September 2015

By Beth Harlen

Within telecoms circles, the term ‘network neutrality’ often evokes a strong reaction as there are few subjects within the industry that are quite as polarised legally, politically and practically.

17 August 2015

By Ronan Kelly, chief technology officer for EMEA and APAC at ADTRAN

08 July 2015

By Robert Roe

GreenTouch, a consortium dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of data communications networks, has unveiled new tools, technologies and architectures as part of a five-year study that was completed at the end of June 2015.

19 June 2015

By Pauline Rigby

June will be a defining month for photonic integration in the United States. The US government is expected to announce the winners of its $110 million integrated photonics manufacturing initiative.

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Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang