KDPOF has provided its Automotive Gigabit Ethernet plastic optical fibre (POF) for electric and autonomous driving to several car makers and tier-1 suppliers. The technology is designed to solve the electrical challenges and interferences of new powertrain architectures.
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.
Spanish incumbent Telefónica has successfully completed what it describes as a ‘pioneering’ project using plastic optical fibre (POF) in a home network that guarantees gigabit speeds to the customer.
Telefónica has not confirmed a commercial launch date, but online reports suggest the technology could be rolled out to consumers next year.
The demand for an easy-to-install, robust home network is growing due to the availability of higher and higher access speeds into the home. While there are many solutions for a home network, a mixed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF)/WiFi solution is the most ideal for the professional and do-it-yourself installer.
As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance
Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move
Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby
With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand