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C&W Networks selects Coriant universal transport platform to optimise Pan-Caribbean backbone

C&W Networks has deployed the Coriant mTera universal transport platform in its Pan-Caribbean network in order to optimise the network backbone for current and future high-speed service demands and simplify multi-service bandwidth management.

The C&W Networks subsea network optimisation project will be implemented in multiple phases, with initial deployment at core sites in Colombia, Curaçao, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and the U.S.

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Deutsche Telekom expanding network to provide up to 100Mb/s for 189,000 additional German households

More than 189,000 more households in 194 German cities and communities are now able to connect to the internet at speeds of up to 100Mb/s (with a minimum of 50Mb/s) for downloads and of 40Mb/s for uploads, following a network expansion from operator, Deutsche Telekom.

The cities benefiting include Paderborn, with 13,500 households, Hagen, with 7,800, Bad Pyrmont with 6,700, Leonberg with 6,000, and Wolmirstedt with another 4,500 households. The aims to provide as many people as possible – spanning both cities and rural areas – with fast internet.

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Significant 400G growth won’t begin until 2019, says new Cignal AI forecast

Networking component and equipment market research company, Cignal AI has updated its growth forecast for the coherent 400G WDM market.

Issued quarterly, the recent Optical Hardware Applications report covers the first quarter of 2018 and includes market share and forecasts for revenue and port shipments for optical equipment designed to meet the needs of specific applications: 100G+ coherent, compact modular and advanced packet-OTN switching hardware.

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Open Fiber extends partnership with Vodafone to bring FTTH to 271 Italian cities

Open Fiber is extending its collaboration with Vodafone for the development in Italy of ultra-wideband connectivity services for fibre to the home (FTTH).

The agreement, which is already active in around two million households and businesses across 13 cities has been expanded to an additional 258 cities as part of the next wave of the fast broadband network rollout. This includes Clusters A and B - home to around 60% of the Italian population.

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Researchers in Japan 'break transmission record' over 1,045km with three-mode optical fibre

Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), in partnership with Fujikura, has demonstrated a transmission experiment over 1,045km with a data-rate of 159Tb/s. This was achieved using the recently developed three-mode optical fibre, which is capable of wide-band wavelength multiplexing transmission with standard outer diameter (0.125mm) that can be cabled with existing equipment.

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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

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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