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Fibre's high cost scuppering broadband roll-out

The high costs of installing fibre connections are leaving thousands of people without broadband connections, while plans to roll out super-fast broadband in the UK are running two years late.

A damning report by the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) is forecasting that the programme, which is aimed at providing superfast broadband to 90 per cent of premises in every area of the country, will complete the project 22 months later than planned.

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Rebrand for Optimal Cable Services

AFL has rebranded Optimal Cable Services, a manufacturer of fibre optic cable and provider of connectivity products based in Melbourne, Australia, after it acquired the company in February.

Since 1986, AFL has acquired more than 30 companies worldwide while continuing to operate in Melbourne and provide quality products to growing markets in the south Pacific area.

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Ovum predicts fast growth in optical components market

Global analyst firm Ovum says it expects the optical components (OC) market to grow by four percent in 2013, driven by wide area network (WAN) and datacom demand.

Between 2012 and 2018, the global analyst firm predicts that the total OC market will expand at an eight percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to a new high of US$10.5bn, again driven by increasing optics demand in the datacom and WAN segments.

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Agreement promises high-speed internet via fibre

An agreement between CityFibre and Level 3 Communications promises dedicated gigabit-speed internet services over fibre networks throughout the United Kingdom, with the city of York as teh first beneficiary.
 
As part of the agreement, CityFibre will connect its next-generation metropolitan fibre networks to Level 3’s global IP network, offering CityFibre customers access to Level 3’s high-speed IP service. Customers connected to the network will receive a dedicated symmetrical gigabit-speed Internet service, with very high capacity and low latency, the companies say.
 

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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

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

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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