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Mustek joins Jo'burg gold rush

Mustek has opened a new optical fibre pre-termination facility. Situated in Johannesburg, the new plant will enable Mustek to supply operators and installers with complete solutions built on m2fx’s innovative Miniflex fibre cable, microduct and protection tube range. This will result in reduced time and labour costs and ensure the highest quality fibre installations, the company says.
 

Tektronix expands Bangalore facility

Tektronix, a multi-vendor service provider of instrument calibration and repair, has announced the expansion of its National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation at its Bangalore service laboratory.

The company says the expanded NABL accreditation means that Tektronix can now perform added electrical and RF calibration. Additionally, the company can now provide accredited onsite calibration for all parameters covered under the NABL laboratory scope.

Transmode 'pleased by growth'

Transmode has announced positive results for the period from July to September 2013, with sales and profits both showing a healthy increase.

Sales were SEK (Swedish krone) 272.0 million, which corresponds to an increase of 7.0 per cent, or 8.5 per cent adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations. The operating profit was SEK 48.5 million, which equates to an operating margin of 17.8 per cent, while the net profit was SEK40.1 million.

Magnificent seven form 400 Gbps hot-club

Seven leading networking organisations have formed an group – the CDFP MSA – dedicated to defining specifications and promoting adoption of interoperable 400 Gbps hot pluggable modules.
 
The consortium says its joint efforts will increase customer choice, reduce end-user costs and ensure interoperability to allow the copper cable and fiber optics transceiver market to expand more rapidly.
 

MegaFon opens Europe-Asia trunk line

Russian telecommunications operator MegaFon has announced the commercial launch of a 8,700km fibre-optic trunk line. The company says the 'Dream' line will be the optimal route for high-speed data transmission between Europe and Asia.

The line extends through Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and was created in cooperation with Kazakhtelecom and Interoute. The route runs from the German city of Frankfurt-am-Main to the Kazakhstan-China border.

UK chancellor welcomes Huawei's investment

Huawei has announced that it is to open a new research and development facility in the UK, creating more than 200 new jobs.

George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, was at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, to hear the announcement. He met Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, toured the Huawei R&D laboratories, and chaired a meeting of UK high-tech companies visiting China.

Alcatel and Zain complete Saudi project

Alcatel-Lucent and Zain have announced the completion of an agile optical network to provide ultra-broadband access throughout Saudi Arabia.

The fibre-optic backbone network is based on converged wavelength division multiplexing/optical transport (WDM/OTN) technology, enabling Zain to provide 100 gigabit-per-second capability throughout the country main metropolitan areas.

The two companies says they are also conducting a trial of 400 gigabit-per-second data transmission over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic in the city of Jeddah.

TeraXion joins forces with CMC

TeraXion, a provider of optical components designed for high-speed networks, and Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), a designer and manufacturer of avionics systems, are joining forces to design next-generation transceivers.

Celebrate Gimme Fibre Day

Companies are being invited to celebrate all things fibrous by taking part in Gimme Fibre Day, an annual event created by the FTTH Councils Global Alliance.

The initiative, which will take place on 4 November, is intended 'to celebrate the only future-proof solution and showcase how fibre has positively impacted communities across the world'.

Acatel-Lucent announces 10,000 job losses

French network equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent has announced it is to cut its work-force by 10,000 – around 15 per cent of the total – in an effort to cut costs.

All geographic areas where Alcatel-Lucent operates will be affected, with the reduction of 4,100 positions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 3,800 in the Asia-Pacific region, and 2,100 in the Americas. By the end of 2015, Alcatel-Lucent aims to halve the number of its business hubs globally.

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