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15 July 2013

Internet speeds could be accelerated by up to 100 times by the use of graphene in telecommunications, according to university researchers.

In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, researchers from the Centre for Graphene Science at the Universities of Bath and Exeter demonstrated for the first time incredibly short optical response rates using graphene, which could pave the way for a revolution in telecommunications.

15 July 2013

Modulight has announced the nomination of Kalle Palomäki to the company's board of directors. Palomäki brings to the board extensive experience in international sales. He has a background in sales and general management in the area of information technology and is currently Senior Vice President at Efecte.

Palomäki's nomination is effective immediately and he will assume board membership as non-executive director. His nomination follows the retirement of Hubert Jouve from the board. Dr. Jouve will continue as active shareholder and senior advisor to the Board.

10 July 2013

Europe’s largest optical communications conference, ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) will feature presentations from global industry experts and institutions about the latest developments in optical communications techniques, systems and networks.
 

05 July 2013

The high costs of installing fibre connections are leaving thousands of people without broadband connections, while plans to roll out super-fast broadband in the UK are running two years late.

A damning report by the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) is forecasting that the programme, which is aimed at providing superfast broadband to 90 per cent of premises in every area of the country, will complete the project 22 months later than planned.

01 July 2013

AFL has rebranded Optimal Cable Services, a manufacturer of fibre optic cable and provider of connectivity products based in Melbourne, Australia, after it acquired the company in February.

Since 1986, AFL has acquired more than 30 companies worldwide while continuing to operate in Melbourne and provide quality products to growing markets in the south Pacific area.

26 June 2013

City of York Council is aiming to become the most digitally connected city in Europe by 2015 by extending its state-of-the-art pure fibre network.

24 June 2013

Alcatel-Lucent and Telenor Group have signed a three-year global frame agreement that aims to give customers fast, buffering-free mobile video and improve overall Internet service quality. The agreement will enable the deployment of mobile Internet optimisation for Telenor’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks in Europe and Asia.
 

19 June 2013

Global analyst firm Ovum says it expects the optical components (OC) market to grow by four percent in 2013, driven by wide area network (WAN) and datacom demand.

Between 2012 and 2018, the global analyst firm predicts that the total OC market will expand at an eight percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to a new high of US$10.5bn, again driven by increasing optics demand in the datacom and WAN segments.

12 June 2013

An agreement between CityFibre and Level 3 Communications promises dedicated gigabit-speed internet services over fibre networks throughout the United Kingdom, with the city of York as teh first beneficiary.
 
As part of the agreement, CityFibre will connect its next-generation metropolitan fibre networks to Level 3’s global IP network, offering CityFibre customers access to Level 3’s high-speed IP service. Customers connected to the network will receive a dedicated symmetrical gigabit-speed Internet service, with very high capacity and low latency, the companies say.
 

12 June 2013

CLEO - the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2013 exposition – is set to open at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Among the exhibitors will be Vytran, a supplier of optical fibre-splicing and processing products, which will emphasize its tools and techniques for creating optical fibre splices and fused-fibre components critical for fibre lasers and other applications.

12 June 2013

Six of the world’s leading research and education networks and two commercial partners have demonstrated for the first time a transatlantic 100 gigabits-per-second transmission link for research and education between North America and Europe during the TERENA Networking Conference 2013 (TNC2013), held in Maastricht, Netherlands. These demonstrations showcased emerging technologies and advanced applications for science, research and education.

01 September 2012

Lasers that fire for as little as a ten billionth of a second provide advantages with many materials, such as no heat affected zones or melting with cold ablation, as revealed at a recent AILU workshop. Rob Coppinger reports

These fast lasers, lasers that fire, or pulse, as quickly as ten or millionths of a billionth of a second, were a focus of the Association of Laser Users’ (AILU) annual 'Ultra precision laser manufacturing systems, technologies and applications workshop'.

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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang