Analysis & opinion

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.

14 November 2013

By Karin Ahl, President of the FTTH Council Europe

When it comes to innovation, Sweden punches above its weight. Sweden was ranked as the most innovative country in Europe in September 2013, using a new benchmark created by the European Commission. The “indicator of innovation output” measures the extent to which innovative ideas from several key industry segments – such as the environment, energy, ICT, health, and high-technology industries – are able to reach the market.

07 November 2013

Poor internet connection speeds are disadvantaging companies in the entrepreneurial heart of Britain, according to a European politician.

James Elles, the Conservative MEP for the South-East has described how European leaders met in Brussels to discuss a key initiative of the European Commission – the Digital Agenda for Europe.

11 October 2013

Tom Wilkie reflects on some of the themes that emerged at ECOC

Datacentres, testing, and how to pay for next-generation transmission networks were among the themes that dominated the 39th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC), held at in London UK at the end of September.