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26 May 2017

Optical components companies have finally emerged from the shadow of the dot-com crash, with the majority returning to profitability in 2016, according to market research firm LightCounting in its ‘State of the Optical Communications Industry’ report.

In fact, the sales-weighted average profitability of publicly-traded optical component and module suppliers reached nine per cent in 2016, exceeded the average net profits of their main customers – communication service providers (CSPs) and suppliers of networking equipment (see figure).

23 May 2017

The popularity of gigabit services has soared over the past year, and there are now at least 603 operations around the world offering gigabit internet services, a jump of 72 percent since June 2016, according to test and measurement vendor Viavi Solutions.

Viavi Gigabit Monitor

18 May 2017

Nokia has signed a definitive agreement with China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center to integrate Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB) and Nokia's China business. The new joint venture will be branded Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB).

The arrangement is similar to the joint venture that existed between Alcatel-Lucent and China Huaxin, which is a Chinese state-owned investor.

12 May 2017

Coriant reports the successful completion of a trial to show disaggregated 100G, 150G, and 200G optical transmission over live fibre-optic links in Telefónica Germany’s existing 10G DWDM network.

Conducted earlier this year, the trial showed how an open transmission systems and disaggregated networking technology – in this case using Coriant’s Groove G30 platform – can be used to increase network capacity more than 10-fold, avoiding the need to invest in new fibre.

12 May 2017

The global consumption of fibre optic sensors will increase to reach $5.98 billion in 2026, up from $3.38 billion in 2016, according to the latest market forecast and analysis from ElectroniCast Consultants.

The study considers both distributed continuous sensors and point (local) fibre-optics sensors. The market share in terms of value is segmented according to region and application category, which include manufacturing, civil engineering, military and aerospace, petrochemical and energy, and biomedical/scientific applications.

10 May 2017

Infinera has carried out a successful submarine network field test of its Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) with Canalink, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the ITER group. Canalink owns a system of undersea fibre-optic cables linking the Canary Islands with the Iberian Peninsula and the western coast of Africa.

The test, which was conducted on Canalink’s 1,393km cable linking the Conil landing point on the Spanish mainland with Tenerife in the Canary Islands, showed that it would be possible to upgrade the subsea cable well beyond its original design capacity.

09 May 2017

One of the barriers to retail competition over local fibre networks has been lack of software to connect retail service provider systems with those of local infrastructure providers. Now fibre companies in Ireland have joined forces to address this issue.

Enet, a wholesale communications provider, has signed a deal with SIRO that will enable enet to become a SIRO aggregator.

08 May 2017

Gigaclear has secured an additional £111 million (€131 million) in equity funding to build new fibre networks in rural Britain. This will enable a significant acceleration in the build rate of these ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks, reaching and connecting hundreds of thousands of people.

08 May 2017

US operator Verizon has taken further steps to secure supplies of fibre-optic cable for its next-generation network roll-out, by awarding a supply agreement to European cable manufacturer Prysmian Group.

The new three-year contract with Prysmian is worth approximately $300 million and will include the supply of more than 17 million fibre-kilometres of ribbon and loose tube cables.

05 May 2017

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Viptela, a privately held software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) company based in San Jose, California, for $610 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

03 May 2017

The optics market will enjoy robust growth in 2017 even though many network operators are cutting capital expenditure, according to market research firm LightCounting, which has just issued an update to its Optical Communication Market Forecast.

27 April 2017

BKtel, a developer of active and passive products for hybrid fibre coax (HFC) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, will take over the broadband business activities from German electronics manufacturer Kathrein from June 1, 2017.

The newly formed BKtel Networks GmbH located in Rosenheim will continue business activities for the following product lines: fibre nodes, coaxial amplifiers, underfloor taps, broadband communication modules, headends, and remote PHY equipment.

All the technical staff experts are expected to transfer to BKtel.

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