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Search engines of change

It’s getting ever harder to remember what the world was like before Google and Facebook. Not only do what many people think of as simply websites play big roles in our daily lives, they also shape the physical structure of the Internet itself. And in doing so, they present both opportunities and threats to the rest of the networking industry.

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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

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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

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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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

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