Analysis & opinion

21 August 2014

Cable miniaturisation in FTTH deployments: choosing the right 200-micron fibre for outside plant networks, by Vanesa Diaz, Corning

18 August 2014

By Geoff Bennett, of Infinera

Writing anything about software defined networking (SDN) is guaranteed to get attention these days.  It’s a hot topic – not least because it really does offer a way to remove the domination of the Ethernet switch and core router markets by the established players and open up new possibilities for network functions virtualisation for network operators.
What is SDN?

22 July 2014

Now that the dust has settled after Next Generation Optical Networking 2014, Tim Gillett solicits the opinions of exhibitors and delegates

By any measure, it appears that the Next Generation Optical Networking show, held last month in June, was a huge success.

21 July 2014

Mike Jones, vice-president of MicroCare, describes the use of fluids other than alcohol for cleaning fibre optic connectors

During the 1970s, Bell Labs was busy perfecting the technologies to commercialise fibre optic communications. They could see a time when all the copper wire in the world could not handle the volume of data that people would want to send over phone lines.

06 June 2014

Vanesa Diaz, market development engineer at Corning Optical Fiber, describes the benefits of a bend improved optical fibre featuring full compatibility to legacy deployments

05 June 2014

With most of the industry focusing on fibre and high-bandwidth microwave systems, Max Penfold, Sales Manager at UTEL, reveals why copper’s new secret weapon could stunt fibre’s growth.

30 April 2014

Encircled flux is a metric for defining launch conditions on multimode optical fibre that reduces measurement uncertainty in link loss measurements shown by different test equipment. Adrian Young, senior technical support engineer at Fluke Networks, explains how to take account of encircled flux in Tier 1 optical loss measurement

27 March 2014

Robert Roe goes over the top, in his second analysis of some of the themes to emerge from OFC 2014

While the 12,700 visitors to OFC 2014 milled around the high-tech displays by the 550 exhibitors, the minds of some of the industry leaders were fixed firmly on the films that the American public likes to watch. Or, more precisely, the way in which the American public likes to watch its films.

26 March 2014

At the OFC in San Francisco, Robert Roe heard concerns about IT and the back office figuring almost as large as issues of high technology.

Although the 12,700 visitors to OFC 2014 saw all manner of technology on display from the 550 exhibitors, it was something less tangible – software – that became a dominant theme of the event.

30 January 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show indicates that 2014 will be the year when connected devices will generate increased demand for fibre to the home, says Nadia Babaali, Communications Director, FTTH Council Europe

08 January 2014

A recent study has predicted fast growth in data traffic on metropolitan access and aggregation networks. Transmode's chief technical officer Sten Nordell offers a perspective on the situation


In December, as reported in Fibre Systems, a study predicted that there will be a 560 per cent increase in data traffic on metro cable networks, driven by an increased demand for video and the continued proliferation of data centres.

11 December 2013

A fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) roll-out would be of more financial beneficial to Britain than the HS2 rail line, according to an IT entrepreneur.

The coalition government is planning to spend upwards of £45 billion on the high speed railway – but bringing the country’s businesses access to superfast broadband through fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) would be cheaper and financial beneficial to the country, says Scott Fletcher, chairman of UK cloud infrastructure specialists ANS Group.