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Quality Control

Creating an invisible network is the next step in connectivity, so it is important to put quality, rather than speed at the heart of broadband experience, says Robin Mersh

Around the bend

Keely Portway takes a look at the next generation of bend-improved fibres, and how they can be best used to future-proof networks

Pumping up the PIC volume

There are many challenges to overcome to provide quick and efficient characterisation of photonic integrated circuits, finds Andy Extance

Making a deep impact

Keely Portway looks at the latest developments in submarine networks, and the issues and trends shaping the market

Have your say

Fibre Systems speaks to a lead design engineer and a fibre planner to find out about the day-to-day challenges they face on the front line

Clean as a whistle

Ed Forrest looks at the impact of primary and secondary contamination on fibre optic connection surfaces

Fibre optic cleaning techniques are based on the removal of types of dust or oily matter. Single soils are relatively easy to remove compared with ‘combination soils’ that might be dust, combined with human body oil or hand lotion. 

Down to the wire

Cabling infrastructure will be vital in the deployment of 5G networks, meaning that the wireless will still depend on wires, says Jean-Jacques Sage

Power of good

Power over Ethernet (PoE) could help service providers adapt to the opportunity provided by IoT in order to remain competitive, argues Ankit Agarwal

Flexible friend

Network core flexibility will become just as important as capacity for future networks, and coherent solutions could be key to accommodating changing traffic flows, argues Eugene Park

The simple life

Scott Modha takes a look at how the right technique goes a long way, and network operators could benefit from simplified microduct network deployments

Full potential

5G is the talk of the telecoms industry, with 5G networks launching in the US and South Korea. But many don’t realise that 5G isn’t possible without fixed high-speed and high-density fibre connectivity, says Mikael Sandberg

Small wonder

A new implementation agreement for low-power consumption will see small modules push technological barriers, finds Andy Extance

Measured growth

The importance of fibre-optic test equipment has increased in recent years, as global fibre deployment ramps up. This was evident in some of the latest product developments demonstrated at recent industry events, and also shown in the most recent market research predictions

Up to code

The European Electronic Communications Code has been finalised and formally adopted. How will it aid European fibre deployment, and what factors could impact the end goal of copper switch-off? Keely Portway finds out

The smart money

Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic right now, with the potential to help improve efficiency both across the network, and from a cost perspective. Kailem Anderson vice president for software and services at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, speaks to Fibre Systems about the role of AI in operator networks

Learning to shape the future

To exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence, optical transmission systems require greater automation, finds Andy Extance

A new era for Ethernet

John D'Ambrosia explains how various Ethernet standards developed in IEEE 802.3 over the past decade are enabling a myriad of products to find their way into deployment throughout the Ethernet eco-system

Taking centre stage

The data centre has created demand for an infrastructure that provides greater bandwidth and higher data rates, but how has this impacted the market for optical components? 

Crunching the 100G serial numbers

Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

Access granted

Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

The shape of things to come

Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang

Terrestrial extra

With the advancement in high-speed optics and modulation techniques bringing fibre optic systems for terrestrial networks in line with submarine systems, it’s little surprise that the industry is approaching a new era of terrestrial and submarine cable integration. Keely Portway finds out

Testing the ECC

How has the strength of the Electronic Communications Code been tested by the dispute between Virgin Media and Durham County Council? Brian Wake offers his view*

Learn from experience

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

The final frontier

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

The long goodbye

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

A time to skill

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

Magic number

Ana Pesovic discusses the three core elements required in creating a smart city

For centuries, humanity has looked for new ways to build smarter cities; ways that improve city operations, grow the economy and create a better place for people to work and live. From the aqueducts in Rome to the more recent technology innovations that help simplify the challenges of urban life, cities are, and have been, getting smarter throughout history.

In advance

Vanesa Diaz discusses building advanced cable TV networks for gigabit services

CPR: lifesaver or liability?

Six months after it became mandatory for copper and fibre cables supplied to EU/EEA member states to comply with the Construction Product Regulation and carry CE marking, Keely Portway asks what, if any, effect this has had on cable suppliers

The Rise and fall of the Australian NBN

Green Nylon jacketed 576 fibre optic ribbon cable at an installation site used for the backbone of the NBN in Australia

Benoît Felten takes a closer look at what went wrong with Australia’s ambitious National Broadband Network

A life with light

January of this year saw Jerry Rawls step down as chief executive of Finisar, a company he had grown from obscurity to worldwide success. He talks to Rebecca Pool about building his empire, the firm’s new CEO and a future that could include Oclaro*

The state of telecom in 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, Scott Wilkinson looks ahead to what’s in store for the optical communications industry in 2018

Infrastructure investors pour money into British broadband

Britain has a reputation as a backwater when it comes to fibre-optic broadband connections that reach directly into consumer’s homes. Currently, only two per cent of households in the country have access to full fibre connections. But that looks set to change. This summer, some £500 million of equity and new debt have been invested in alternative network providers in the UK.

Getting the measure of Viavi

Oleg Khaykin, CEO of Viavi Solutions, speaks candidly to Fibre Systems about how to compete in the challenging world of communications test and measurement

Fibre and cable for the cloud

Hao Dong describes how innovative optical fibres and cabling could provide substantial benefits for connecting data centres across a wide range of distances

Show Preview: ECOC 2017

ECOC is the place to be to discover the latest technological and commercial innovations in optical components and networks. Here we highlight some of the exhibitors and events taking place in the exhibition hall.

The age of time-sensitive optical transport

Optical networks are playing an increasingly important role in the distribution of precise timing signals and synchronisation with sub-microsecond accuracy. Michael Ritter explains

Squeezing the margins

Systems vendors are using intelligent software to squeeze more performance from optical networks. Pauline Rigby reports on developments at OFC 2017

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