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NEWS

Nexans, Emtelle partner on €65 million Swedish government contract

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.

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ADVA, Acacia Communications successfully trial 300Gb/s over 6,800km fibre link

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).

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UK government commits £200 million to rural fibre broadband

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.

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Space: The next frontier in optical networks

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.

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Feature

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
Feature

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

Feature

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