EXFO names Ciena veteran Philippe Morin as COO

28 August 2015

Test and measurement vendor EXFO announced that Philippe Morin will be joining the company as chief operating officer (COO) in early November.

Cardiff cluster to commercialise compound semiconductor research

20 August 2015

Cardiff University has signed a deal with semiconductor wafer supplier IQE to establish a centre for compound semiconductor excellence in Wales.

The for-profit venture – the first of its kind in the UK – will seek to develop an expertise ‘cluster’ in the development and commercialisation of compound semiconductor technologies.

Transmode shareholders approve Infinera acquisition

19 August 2015

Infinera’s offer for Swedish metro optical specialist Transmode has received a green light from the majority of shareholders, meaning that the deal will be consummated in the next few days.

As of 7 August 2015, the end of the acceptance period under the offer, shareholders representing approximately 95.8 per cent of the total number of outstanding shares and votes in Transmode, had accepted the offer.

Europe enjoys optical spending revival, reports IHS

18 August 2015

Global sales of optical network hardware grew 22 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) compared to the previous quarter, but was essentially flat compared to a year ago, according to the latest report from market research firm IHS.

Preliminary results from IHS Infonetics Optical Network Hardware report indicate that Europe is the only major world region to post positive year-over-year growth in 2Q15, with spending up eight per cent.

New York bid wins US photonics manufacturing competition

28 July 2015

The White House has announced the winner of the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI): the consortium led by the State University of New York (SUNY).

Proposed as part of President Obama's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI is being established to bring government, industry and academia closer together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and make the United States more competitive in this critical new industry.

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone conduct TWDM-PON field trial

27 July 2015

Vodafone is investigating the potential of using advanced access network technology over its existing infrastructure by carrying out a field trial of time and wavelength-division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM-PON) technology in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent.

The pair have been collaborating on TWDM-PON development since 2010. When Alcatel-Lucent introduced its TWDM-PON system at Broadband World Forum last October, the vendor said it had been developed together with Vodafone.

Sharks don't dine on subsea fibre-optic cables, says ICPC

10 July 2015

Sharks are not the nemesis of the Internet, says the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC), which has released an analysis of the main causes of submarine cable breaks.

Essentially, sharks and other fish were responsible for less than one per cent of all cable faults up to 2006. Since then, no such cable faults have been recorded, the organisation says.

European Commission backs new Europe-Latin America subsea cable

09 July 2015

The European Commission is supporting construction of a new submarine fibre-optic cable between Europe and Latin America, linking Lisbon in Portugal with Fortaleza in Brazil.

Today Latin America relies on undersea cables going to the US to carry nearly 90 per cent of its communications traffic to Europe. The one existing cable that directly connects Latin America and Europe is outdated and only used for voice transmission.

Gigaclear celebrates trio of wins under BDUK broadband scheme

09 July 2015

Alternative service provider Gigaclear has picked up three contracts under the second phase of the UK government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which aims to infill gaps in broadband coverage in rural areas.

Last week, the small but growing fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) provider signed a deal with Superfast Berkshire to bring fibre to 11,700 homes and businesses in West Berkshire. Last month, Gigaclear was awarded contracts in Essex and Gloucestershire.

Fibre broadband boosts US home values, study finds

08 July 2015

During its conference last week, the FTTH Council Americas released a white paper finding that access to fibre-to-the-home may increase a property’s value by up to 3.1 per cent.

Alcatel-Lucent advances China Mobile and China Unicom’s move to the cloud

06 July 2015

Alcatel-Lucent has signed wide-ranging frame agreements worth more than €1.1 billion with two of the largest telecoms companies in the world, China Mobile and China Unicom.

Under the agreements – designed to facilitate the operators’ transition to dynamic cloud-based networks – Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, and agile optical networking products, as well as network functions virtualisation (NFV) capabilities and Nuage Networks’ software defined networking (SDN) technologies.

Alcatel-Lucent transfers optical manufacturing site to Flextronics

03 July 2015

Alcatel-Lucent has completed the transfer of its optical transport manufacturing activities in Trieste, Italy, to Singapore’s Flextronics.

Flextronics will take responsibility for new product introduction, manufacturing and integration as well as repair services of Alcatel-Lucent optical equipment at the site. Alcatel-Lucent and Flextronics have also signed a five-year, renewable contract for the supply of optical products.