Fibre features prominently in Orange’s €15B investment plan

30 March 2015

French operator Orange has recently announced details of a five-year strategic plan that will see the company spend more than €15 billion on network modernisation.

Under the plan, called ‘Essentials2020’, Orange aims to triple average data speeds compared to 2014 on both fixed and mobile networks in all the countries where it operates by the end of 2018.

Tiny silicon photonic switches go large

20 March 2015

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a novel silicon photonic switch, which has the largest scale and the lowest optical losses reported to date for such a highly integrated device. Their research is considered one of the top-rated papers at OFC 2015.

Pacnet extends SDN to the optical layer with Infinera

18 March 2015

Software control has finally reached the optical layer with the commercial launch of a transport software-defined networking (SDN) based service from Pacnet.

Pacnet, a wholesale service provider in the Asia-Pacific region, has deployed Infinera’s new Open Transport Switch (OTS) software to extend the network-as-a-service capabilities delivered via the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) platform.

Coriant targets metro edge with 7100 Pico platform

16 March 2015

Coriant has unveiled the 7100 Pico, a compact packet-optical transport platform optimised for service enablement at the edge of metro networks.

The 7100 Pico extends the reach of the existing Coriant 7100 product family that it acquired from Tellabs, which also includes the 7100 Optical Transport System (OTS) and 7100 Nano.

Italy hopes to invigorate broadband with €6B investment

16 March 2015

The Italian government has approved a plan to bring the country’s high-speed broadband access into line with European Union targets - with the promise of €6 billion in public funds to upgrade infrastructure.

"We are creating a plan to give our country the digital infrastructure, the digital highways like any other European country," said Italian Minister of Economic Development, Federica Guidi.

Polatis optical switches power Bristol smart city network

06 March 2015

Optical switch developer Polatis has landed a key role in a new software-defined optical network that will provide the foundation for a smart city initiative in Bristol, UK.

‘Bristol is Open’ is a city-wide network that will enable greater interaction between people and places. Combining sensors and other devices with agile communications networks and high-performance computing resources, the smart city will be able to respond intelligently in real time to everyday events including traffic congestion, waste management, energy supply and more.

Gigabit trend fuels record broadband equipment sales

06 March 2015

Worldwide spending on broadband aggregation equipment increased by 9 per cent in 2014 to reach $8.2 billion - driven by sales of GPON equipment, particularly in China - according to the latest report from Infonetics Research, now part of market research firm IHS.

The global broadband aggregation equipment market, including DSL, PON and Ethernet FTTH, finished 2014 on a strong note, with fourth quarter 2014 revenue growing 7 per cent sequentially to $2.2 billion, the analyst firm says.

EU project to develop ‘smart thermal’ photonic devices

05 March 2015

An EU-funded project plans to develop intelligent circuits that will allow photonic devices to regulate their own temperature, making them up to five times more efficient.

The three-year Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) project, led by the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, has secured €5.2 million in funding under Horizon 2020’s call for Smart Integration Systems.

Ciena debuts chips, architecture for a web-scale world

03 March 2015

Ciena has released a broad array of new products to address the requirements of what it calls the ‘web-scale world’. These include a pair of new coherent chipsets, a new metro network architecture and service delivery switches for small cell mobile backhaul.

The new products are designed to deliver expansive bandwidth, operational efficiency and network agility – characteristics needed in networks dominated by applications such as cloud computing, network virtualisation and openness, according to Ciena.

Super-receiver unscrambles super-channel data

02 March 2015

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have developed a new way to process coherent optical signals, which could double the distance that data can travel error-free through fibre-optic cables. Their work was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Divide and conquer: JDSU to split into Viavi and Lumentum

27 February 2015

JDSU has taken an important step towards the separation of its business into two independent and publicly-traded companies - by filing a Form 10 registration document with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

JDSU also revealed the names of both future companies – Viavi and Lumentum.

The Form 10 provides a detailed outline of the company that is expected to spin off and the process to be followed. Once approved by the SEC and pending final approval by JDSU’s board of directors, the two entities will have clearance to legally separate.

Avago to acquire storage networking specialist Emulex

26 February 2015

Avago Technologies has agreed to buy Emulex, which makes products for storage networking, in an all-cash transaction valued at $606 million plus debt, bringing the total amount payable to around $609 million (€544 million).

Emulex investors will receive $8 a share in cash, a 26 per cent premium over the share price when the deal was announced.