US optoelectronic component manufacturer II-VI has announced that it will acquire optical communications firm Finisar for $3.2 billion
UK communications regulator, Ofcom has revealed new proposals, alongside a consultation on its Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR), to revisit allowing companies laying high-speed fibre cables – used by large businesses, mobile operators and broadband providers – unrestricted access to Openreach’s ducts and poles.
Infinera has partnered with Telia Carrier to demonstrate what the companies say is the first real-time transmission of 600Gb/s wavelengths in a live production network.
Under the measures announced in the 2018 UK Budget, chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond revealed that a digital services tax (DST) is to be introduced in 2020. The new tax will force larger digital businesses such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to pay tax on UK-generated sales.
The move is designed as an interim measure, pending global reform, to make sure that the corporate tax system is ‘sustainable and fair across different types of businesses’. It is predicted that the tax could raise £1.5 billion over four years.
Wandsworth Council has enabled 50 per cent of its council owned properties access to full fibre broadband via its partnership with Community Fibre.
Angola Cables has entered into a strategic business partnership with Silica Networks in Argentina and Chile to connect their terrestrial fibre networks to the recently commissioned South Atlantic Cable System (SACS).
The Welsh government has outlined the next steps in its campaign to bring fast, reliable broadband to the remaining premises in Wales under the Superfast Cymru programme.
CityFibre has announced a £2.5 billion full fibre investment plan, which identifies 37 towns and cities that already have critical fibre spine assets as primed for expansion for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).
Polish operator, Netia is to deploy Nokia’s unified cable access solution to increase the network capacity needed to support surging bandwidth demands.
Community Fibre has selected Adtran as its technology partner to deliver 10G residential and business services in the UK.
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
Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G
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