TalkTalk launches new company for faster fibre rollout

22 November 2018

TalkTalk has established a new company called FibreNation, under an independent chair, with the aim to roll-out full fibre infrastructure to around three million UK homes and businesses.

Series-B funding allows Dutch developer to increase production, develop future technologies

19 November 2018

Dutch developer of dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) optical components, Effect Photonics has now completed its second round of financing to accelerate the ramp of its tunable small form-factor pluggable production line and aid development of future technologies.

New Zealand’s Chorus reaches half a million fibre connections

19 November 2018

New Zealand operator, Chorus has reached 500,000 ultra-fast broadband connections on its network. As part of the announcement the company also revealed that it plans to reduce the wholesale price of its premium fibre product.

European Electronic Communications Code passed by EU Parliament

16 November 2018

European Parliament has voted in favour of establishing a European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and a body of European regulators for electronic communications.

Cosemi acquires Optella to open new markets

15 November 2018

Cosemi Technologies has acquired South Korea-based optical connectivity provider for long-reach optical interconnect applications, Optella.

Gold Standard Quality Mark Scheme launched by INCA

14 November 2018

LONDON, UK – The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) has launched a new Gold Standard Quality Mark Scheme to highlight best practices in performance, design and operations.

II-VI to acquire Finisar for $3.2bn

09 November 2018

US optoelectronic component manufacturer II-VI has announced that it will acquire optical communications firm Finisar for $3.2 billion

Global optical components market overdue for growth, says LightCounting

07 November 2018

Optical analyst firm LightCounting has released its latest Optical Communications Market Forecast Report, which finds that the cloud is the biggest driver in limiting the optical transceiver market’s decline in 2018 to less than 3 per cent.

Sixth annual Gimme Fibre Day pays tribute to Sir Charles Kuen Kao

05 November 2018

Members of the optical communications industry celebrated the sixth annual ‘Gimme Fibre Day’ on 4 November this year, by paying tribute to Sir Charles Kuen Kao, who passed away in September.

Ofcom revisits dark fibre plans

02 November 2018

UK communications regulator, Ofcom has revealed new proposals, alongside a consultation on its Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR), to revisit allowing companies laying high-speed fibre cables – used by large businesses, mobile operators and broadband providers – unrestricted access to Openreach’s ducts and poles.

Telia Carrier, Infinera partner to demonstrate real-time 600Gb/s transmission in live production network

01 November 2018

Infinera has partnered with Telia Carrier to demonstrate what the companies say is the first real-time transmission of 600Gb/s wavelengths in a live production network.

UK announces digital services tax for large tech firms

01 November 2018

Under the measures announced in the 2018 UK Budget, chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond revealed that a digital services tax (DST) is to be introduced in 2020. The new tax will force larger digital businesses such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to pay tax on UK-generated sales.

The move is designed as an interim measure, pending global reform, to make sure that the corporate tax system is ‘sustainable and fair across different types of businesses’. It is predicted that the tax could raise £1.5 billion over four years.