Slovak Telekom switches to all-IP network

Slovak Telekom has announced that it has successfully moved its entire customer base - 678,000 business and residential customers combined - to an IP (Internet Protocol) based network.

The company follows in the footsteps of another Deutsche Telekom subsidiary that has switched to an all-IP network; Makedonski Telekom in Macedonia completed the switch in February 2014. More than 35 per cent of its customer base in Europe is now using all-IP networks, the German operator says.

University of York to head Quantum Communication Hub

Researchers from UK universities and industry have come together in a unique collaboration to develop secure quantum communication technologies.

Led by the University of York, the project has bid successfully for government funding from the new £155 million National Network of Quantum Technology Hubs. The researchers hope to build compact, affordable quantum encryption devices, as well as the UK's first optical network secured by the fundamental laws of physics.

Hibernia networks extends subsea cable to southern Ireland

Hibernia Networks has announced that it will land a direct connection of its Express cable to Cork, Ireland via a new landing station. Hibernia is the only transatlantic cable provider to own and operate three different cable landing stations in Ireland and the only provider with six diverse routes connecting the island to North America and Europe on its wholly owned and operated infrastructure.

BT trial FTTB in the City of London

BT has announced trials of Fibre to the Basement (FTTB), a technique that could deliver broadband to hard-to-access locations in cities across the UK. The technology, developed and funded by BT, is the first deployment of its kind anywhere in the country and will be piloted in two City of London buildings from next month.

As a result of the trial, 225 homes in the Middlesex Street Estate and around 50 SMEs based at 65 London Wall will have access to download speeds of up to 80Mbps from more than 130 different service providers for the first time.

Verizon lights up 200G long-haul link with Ciena

Verizon has successfully deployed what it is calling the first office application of 200G technology. The 200G wavelength was provisioned in early December over approximately 200 miles on Verizon's ultra-long-haul production network between Boston and New York.

This demonstration highlights that 200G technology works with existing network infrastructure without impacting live customer traffic carried on the same network removing the need to make costly modifications to existing fibre or network equipment.

Huawei expands European presence with photonics research

Imec, a nanoelectronics research centre, and Huawei have announced a further step in their strategic partnership focusing on optical data link technology. The joint research on silicon-based optical interconnects is expected to deliver benefits including high speed, low power consumption and cost savings.

Huawei has now joined imec’s research programme which focuses on optimising bandwidth density, power consumption, thermal robustness, and cost at the system level.


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