Orange reaches record 38.4T transmission in the C-band

WDM 2015, NICE, FRANCE – French operator Orange has reported a successful field trial transporting 38.4Tbps over 762km (472 miles) on its installed network, from Lyon to Marseille and back again. This is the highest aggregate capacity ever reported for optical transmission in the C-band, the operator says.

The trial was carried out as part of the project SASER (Safe and Secure European Routing), part of the CELTIC-Plus European research initiative, and under the subproject SIEGFRIED.

Europe exits optical spending slump, says IHS Infonetics

Global optical network hardware spending was up 5 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to a year ago, thanks to an uptick in European spending as well as large-scale 100G roll-out in Japan, according to the latest report from Infonetics, now part of IHS.

With two consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth under its belt, Europe appears to be exiting an optical slump, the market research firm said. In fact, results in the region are better than the headline numbers due to the strengthening dollar.

Ofcom says BT must offer rivals access to dark fibre

Companies wishing to provide high-speed telecoms lines for businesses would be granted access to BT’s fibre networks in areas outside central London and Hull, under Ofcom proposals announced last week.

The plan is the result of Ofcom’s ‘Business Connectivity Market Review’, which looked at competition in the provision in leased lines - dedicated, high-speed connections used by businesses and mobile operators – to decide whether it needed a helping hand.

Infonetics: transceiver vendors look to datacom for growth

The datacom optics market was up a healthy 21 per cent in 2014, while telecom optics spending has fallen by 7 per cent year over year. That’s the finding of the latest biannual report into the optical transceiver market from IHS Infonetics (now a pair of reports – one focused on datacom, the other on telecom).

FTTH Council Europe renews call for action

Europe needs to take stronger action to encourage fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment, says the new president of the FTTH Council Europe.

Edgar Aker, currently director of marketing and business development strategy for the Prysmian Group (a role he retains while leading the FTTH Council Europe), was elected at the Council’s general assembly in Amsterdam on 22 and 23 April. He is the seventh person to hold this position since the organisation was founded in 2004, replacing outgoing president Karin Ahl.

Italy hopes to invigorate broadband with €6B investment

The Italian government has approved a plan to bring the country’s high-speed broadband access into line with European Union targets - with the promise of €6 billion in public funds to upgrade infrastructure.

"We are creating a plan to give our country the digital infrastructure, the digital highways like any other European country," said Italian Minister of Economic Development, Federica Guidi.

Gigabit trend fuels record broadband equipment sales

Worldwide spending on broadband aggregation equipment increased by 9 per cent in 2014 to reach $8.2 billion - driven by sales of GPON equipment, particularly in China - according to the latest report from Infonetics Research, now part of market research firm IHS.

The global broadband aggregation equipment market, including DSL, PON and Ethernet FTTH, finished 2014 on a strong note, with fourth quarter 2014 revenue growing 7 per cent sequentially to $2.2 billion, the analyst firm says.

Infonetics names optical hardware winners and losers

Despite the fact that 2014 was a diffcult year for optical systems vendors in general, with the global optical hardware market down one per cent overall, Ciena, Infinera and ZTE still managed to post impressive revenue gains, according to the latest report from Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.

Infinera, which Infonetics calls ‘the fastest-growing optical company in the West’ (North America and EMEA combined), was the big success story for 2014, with 23 per cent revenue growth from the previous year.


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