Infinera Appoints Cloud Infrastructure Executive Rajal M. Patel to Its Board of Directors

22 September 2015

SUNNYVALE, CA - Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced the appointment of Rajal M. Patel to the board of directors of Infinera, effective September 17, 2015.

Optus connects Cairns to Perth with 100G from Alcatel-Lucent

21 September 2015

Optus, an Australian service provider and a subsidiary of Singapore-based Singtel, has completed an upgrade to its inter-capital fibre network from Cairns to Perth – increasing overall capacity by a factor of ten to 100Gb/s per wavelength.

GBI selects Ciena to upgrade connections to the Middle East

18 September 2015

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a service provider that operates an integrated network connecting the world to the Middle East, has signed an agreement with Ciena to upgrade its submarine and terrestrial networks.

GBI will deploy Ciena's 6500 packet-optical platform to enhance network flexibility and scalability, boosting capacity through the use of 100G and 200G coherent wavelengths.

Finisar Awarded Excellence in Delivery and Flexibility by Cisco

18 September 2015

SUNNYVALE, CA - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), the world leader in optical transceiver technology, today announced that it has received the 2015 Excellence in Delivery and Flexibility Award from Cisco®.

FTTH Council Europe director general departs

17 September 2015

The FTTH Council Europe has announced that its director general Hartwig Tauber has decided to step down from his position, effective 30 November.

After more than ten years’ service to the organisation, Tauber says he is moving on for personal reasons. The Board of Directors of the FTTH Council Europe will assess its next move over the coming weeks.

Chunghwa Telecom commences commercial deployment

15 September 2015

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest service provider, has collaborated with Alcatel-Lucent on what they claim is the world’s first commercial deployment of access technology. uses an architecture called fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) to provide ultra-high speeds – which Alcatel-Lucent dubs ‘ultra broadband’ – over short copper tails, allowing operators to take advantage of existing infrastructure for customer connections.

UK fibre providers oppose Ofcom's dark fibre plan

15 September 2015

CityFibre, euNetworks, Virgin Media and Zayo – all significant private investors in UK digital infrastructure – have formed an industry group to campaign for a regulatory regime that encourages investment and infrastructure competition.

Finisar CEO Eitan Gertel steps down

11 September 2015

Optical components company Finisar has announced that its board of directors has accepted the resignation of chief executive officer and director Eitan Gertel. No reason was given for his departure.

Jerry Rawls, the company's executive chairman and principal executive, will assume the title of chief executive officer, a position he previously held from 1999 to 2008.

LightCounting: Web 2.0 spending will offset service provider capex decline

11 September 2015

An increase in spending by Web 2.0 companies will help to counteract the decline in service provider capital expenditure, according to market research firm LightCounting in its “August 2015 Market Forecast and Database”.

The 15 web content companies in LightCounting’s Internet Index collectively spent $19 billion on servers, network equipment, and other property and equipment in the first six months of 2015 – up 16 per cent from the same period last year.

Thorlabs acquires Vytran from NKT Photonics

31 August 2015

Photonics products manufacturer Thorlabs has announced plans to acquire Vytran from Denmark-based NKT Photonics. The sale, which Thorlabs’ anticipates will improve its product offerings to the photonics market, is expected to close in September 2015.

Headquartered in New Jersey, United States, Vytran makes high performance products to taper and fuse optical fibre. The company’s fibre processing technologies are used in a broad range of precision applications including telecommunications, medical components, fibre lasers, and sensing systems.

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.