Italian operator TIM – formerly known as Telecom Italia – has officially notified Italy’s communications regulatory authority, Agcom, that it is to begin the process of voluntarily separating its fixed access network.
The Prime Minister of Spain has announced plans to ensure that the entire country has access to 300Mb/s fibre broadband by 2021, with an investment of €525 million in the next stage of developments designed to place the country ‘at the global head in availability of digital infrastructure.’
Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy said in a presentation of the Plan for the Extension of Broadband, that Spain must take a leap to become a reference to the challenges of the future, stating that digitisation must take centre stage of the political debate and is a governmental priority.
According to the March 2018 Quarterly Market Update by Lightcounting, 2017 was a record year for revenues in the optical components industry.
Aggregate 2017 revenues of public optical components, said the specialist market research firm, totalled $8.266 billion for 2017, 8 per cent higher than reported for 2016 ($7.639 billion). The transceiver-only figure provided by the survey data is $5.482 billion for 2017, which is half-a point higher than 2016 ($5.451 billion). For transceivers alone, said the company, 2017 was a still a record, but by an insignificant amount.
Xtera has transmitted 120Tb/s over a single repeatered fibre in an experiment with University College London (UCL), using a hybrid distributed-Raman/EDFA amplifier with a bandwidth of 91nm.
The UK government’s Spring Statement 2018 has revealed the first wave of allocated funding under its Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) scheme – which was announced within the Autumn Budget – providing more than £95 million for 13 areas across the UK.
Cignal AI has released its Optical Hardware Report for the last quarter of 2017. The report detailed, amongst its findings, a growth in spend in the Asia and the EMEA region as larger equipment vendors gained traction. North American optical capex, on the other hand was said to be much weaker than expected because of lower spending by incumbent operators.
The latest figures of the FTTH Market Panorama - prepared by IDATE for the FTTH Council Europe - were released at the FTTH 2018 conference in Valencia.
The figures demonstrate that the number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe has increased, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers in the EU39 by the end of September 2017 – a 20.4 per cent rise on September 2016.
Openreach has pledged to bring high-speed broadband to three million UK premises by the end of 2020 as part of its newly launched 'fibre first' programme.
The move follows an earlier announcement by the UK government that it has met its superfast broadband target of 95 per cent of homes by the end of 2017 (see UK government delivers superfast broadband target, still more to be done).
The market for active optical cables (AOC) and embedded optical modules (EOM) is set to experience unprecedented growth, according to the latest report from specialist market research and consulting company, LightCounting.
Now in its tenth edition, the study has forecast a likely rise of 33 per cent in unit shipments by 2021, in comparison with the company’s research a year ago. In spite of this, however, the revenue forecast for 2021 has only risen very slightly as prices erode.
The number of large data centres operated by hyperscale providers is rapidly approaching the 400 mark, and will reach 500 within the next few years, according to the latest report from market intelligence firm Synergy Research Group.
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