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Transmode connects Slovenia with Austria

08 October 2013

Transmode has supplied the Slovenian company Telemach with a high-capacity optical network running from the capital Ljubljana to the country's second city, Maribor, and to Vienna in Austria. The network is intended to significantly reduce operating costs and long-term overheads.

Date set for Africa/Brazil cable

07 October 2013

A date has been set to start work on a new communications cable linking Africa to South America for the first time.

According to Angola Cables, more than 6,000km of optical fibre cables will be laid between the Angolan coast and the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, during the Cape2Rio2014 regatta – into which the Angola Cables company has entered a team – being held between the 4 January and 4 February 2014.

The company says the cable will be 6,165km long, and is expected to be operational some time in 2015.

Fibre system ensures train safety in Hong Kong

07 October 2013

Researchers in Hong Kong have successfully tested an optical sensor system that monitors the tracks and warns train operators of potential problems.

A string of fibre-optic sensors running along a 36-km stretch of high-speed commuter railroad lines connecting Hong Kong to mainland China has taken more than 10 million measurements over the past few years to demonstrate that the system can help safeguard trains against accidents.

Demand for 'honesty and transparency' from broadband firms

07 October 2013

The FTTH Council Europe has demanded more transparency and honesty from broadband companies following a news release relating to the roll-out of a vectoring solution.

HP says its SDN ecosystem creates business opportunities

04 October 2013

HP says it has unveiled what it describes as the industry’s first enterprise-class software-defined networking (SDN) open ecosystem with the HP SDN Developer Kit (SDK) and the HP SDN App Store, creating new business opportunities for partners, and providing a simple way for customers to purchase and deploy network services.
 

Croatian DWDM trial reveals multi-vendor interoperability

04 October 2013

Deutsche Telekom says it has proved the viability of multi-vendor interoperability on a 100Gbit/s long-haul dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) link, as part of its TeraStream pilot network at Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia.

The link was implemented using a common standard for the optical line side which was jointly developed by Deutsche Telekom, Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent (Alu) and Cortina Systems.

OFC 2014 lines up headline speakers

04 October 2013

OFC 2014, the leading conference for optical communications and networking professionals, has announced its line-up of keynote speakers for its plenary session. 

For the first time since 1998, OFC will take place near Silicon Valley, at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, from 9 to 13 March.

Search on for FTTH champions

02 October 2013

Nominations are being sought for the FTTH Council Europe Award, which recognises outstanding support for the acceleration of fibre to the home in Europe. The winners of the award will be presented in a plenary session at the FTTH Conference 2014 in Stockholm on 20 February 2014.

New chairman for CityFibre

02 October 2013

CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent fibre optic infrastructure provider to secondary cities, has appointed Peter Manning as its chairman.

Manning, who is also chairman of Marston Group and formerly CEO of Colt Telecom, will join CityFibre’s board immediately to support CEO, Greg Mesch, in taking the fibre infrastructure provider through what it expects to be a period of strong growth.

Hawaiki cable attracts another customer

02 October 2013

iiNet has issued a letter of intent to submarine cable group Hawaiki, confirming its plans to acquire fibre capacity on the Australia-US segment of the Hawaiki submarine cable system.

The 14,000 km cable system, scheduled for completion in late 2015, will link Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US west coast.

The deal will see iiNet acquire fibre capacity on the Sydney-to-US cable leg and the trans-Tasman leg linking Sydney to Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand. The cable will initially provide up to 3Tbps capacity using 100Gbps wavelength technology.

FTTH Stockholm event reflects Nordic ambition

20 September 2013

'Showcasing a Brighter Future' is the theme of the next edition of the FTTH Conference, taking place at the Stockholmsmässan exhibition centre in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18 to 20 February 2014.

FTTH Council Europe, which is organising the event, says the The Nordic nations – and Sweden especially – have become the most advanced fibre countries in Europe. Nearly half of all Swedish households have access to a FTTH connection, and 23 per cent of homes in the country are already FTTH subscribers. Norway, Denmark and Finland also have high levels of FTTH deployment and adoption.

Molex acquires FCT Electronics Group

19 September 2013

Molex, a global electronics components company, has completed the acquisition of FCT Electronics Group, based in Munich, Germany.  FCT Electronics specialises in designing and manufacturing custom mixed-layout connectors and cable assemblies. This strategic acquisition is expected to expand the presence of Molex solutions in the global medical electronics, industrial, telecom and aerospace industries.
 

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