Nexans has been awarded a €65 million contract to supply optical fibre solutions for the Swedish government’s Transport Administration, Trafikverket. The cable solutions will be used with microducts and microduct bundles from Emtelle in rail projects as the Swedish government continues to develop FTTX networks throughout the country.
ADVA, in partnership with Acacia Communications has successfully completed a trial to transport 300Gb/s of data per wavelength over a 6,800km fibre link. The link is typical of a cost-optimised submarine cable using 300Gb/s channels and a commercially available transponder with real-time digital signal processing (DSP).
Cignal AI has released its Optical Applications Report for the third quarter of 2018, which details a healthy growth of coherent 200G shipments during the period, even slowing the adoption of lower 100G speeds.
The FTTH Council Europe has called for an end to misleading fibre advertising in an open letter from president Ronan Kelly to telecoms ministers, who recently gathered in Brussels to adopt the new European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).
The winners of the European Broadband Awards 2018 have been announced during an Award Ceremony in Brussels.
Ericsson has released its latest Mobility Report, which predicts, amongst its findings, that 5G could reach more than 40 per cent of global population coverage, with 1.5 billion subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2024.
Optical analyst firm LightCounting has released its latest Optical Communications Market Forecast Report, which finds that the cloud is the biggest driver in limiting the optical transceiver market’s decline in 2018 to less than 3 per cent.
Members of the optical communications industry celebrated the sixth annual ‘Gimme Fibre Day’ on 4 November this year, by paying tribute to Sir Charles Kuen Kao, who passed away in September.
UK chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, confirmed in the 2018 budget report that £200 million will be allocated to fund full fibre broadband connections in harder-to-reach and rural areas across the UK. This will allow for testing of new approaches to fibre rollout in rural areas, with the Borderlands, Cornwall, and Welsh valleys said to be amongst the first areas to benefit.
Roshene McCool and Matthew Guinan advise how operators can meet the connectivity distribution and densification challenge
Massive connection point distribution and optical fibre cable densification is occurring in access and data centre networks. Each connection point needs an optical fibre, so the number of fibre strands needed to deliver network connectivity is spiralling upwards, while space and physical pathways to route these fibres is fixed or rapidly being consumed.
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