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.
Will quantum-resistant encryption be enabled by quantum technology or mathematics? Helmut Griesser examines technologies for the post-quantum world
The increasing value of optical fibre assets in metropolitan areas is shaping the business models of companies that provide access to them, finds Andy Extance
As 2017 draws to a close, Scott Wilkinson looks ahead to what’s in store for the optical communications industry in 2018
An English city with a world-class 5G test-bed is about to make telecommunications history, reports Rebecca Pool