ECI Telecom Group intends to float on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, with the aim of raising $230 million in its initial public offering (IPO) for future investments, debt reduction and an increase in its brand profile. The company would also use the funding to help capture the opportunity represented by 5G.
SSE Enterprise Telecoms has entered a fibre agreement with Three UK and O2 to support enhanced fibre access in London. The connectivity supplier is licensed to lay fibre optic cables throughout Thames Water’s waste water network; and the new partnership centres around the use of this fibre ring in enhancing Three UK and O2’s connectivity backhaul capabilities in order to stay ahead of an expected surge in data usage in the run up to 5G.
GTT Communications has acquired Access Point, a North Carolina-based service provider, in order to enhance the global cloud networking provider’s presence in markets including retail, manufacturing and energy, whilst providing upsell opportunities.
Infinera has successfully completed of a series of submarine field trials over MAREA, a 6,600km submarine cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Bilbao, Spain. The trials used the company’s fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) advanced coherent technology to help achieve new records for trans-Atlantic real-time spectral efficiency.
Molex has acquired of the business of wavelength selective switching (WSS) manufacturer, Nistica in a move to integrate high-port count WSS capability into its optical transport portfolio to help drive the growth of communications networks.
Nexans has completed a 6,000km link across the South Atlantic Ocean, to help meet the growing demand for high speed broadband in Africa and South America. The company manufactured and successfully tested the cables for the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) project.
VIAVI revealed during ECOC 2018 in Rome, the results of its global study looking at the rise of parallel optics and multi-fibre connectivity in service provider networks, enterprises and data centres.
An affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management has entered into an agreement with TE Connectivity which will see Cerberus acquire TE's Subsea Communications business, SubCom.
Sterlite Tech has added 15 million kilometres to its optical fibre cabling capacity, bringing it up to 33 million in a move which saw the board of directors approve a Rs 320 crore ($44 million) capital expenditure, which will be financed through a mix of internal accruals and debt.
Mathieu Bergont and Francois Couny look at the challenges that come with PIC testing and measurement
Photonic integrated circuits (PIC) are already deployed in commercial products and are steadily replacing traditional optical subassemblies, providing an improved level of miniaturisation while reducing electrical consumption. Data center interconnects (DCI) currently drive the demand for PIC, but 5G is also expected to benefit from PIC in the near future, indirectly affecting PIC testing and measurement requirements.
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