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BT playing the long game on rural roll-out

09 August 2013

BT has stated that it is unlikely to derive a financial return on its investment in rural fibre broadband for at least 10 years.

As reported, the broadband provider has been something of a lone crusader in providing rural broadband access, after several other companies decided that it was not an area in which it was easy to make a profit.

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.

Three companies take steps to improve Spanish fibre network

09 August 2013

Three European telecoms giants have embraced a spirit of collaboration in an effort to expand Spain's fibre optic network in homes and business premises. Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange have signed an agreement to share vertical fibre optic infrastructures in buildings across the country.

Huawei named in plans for major Pakistan/China project

09 August 2013

Huawei, the Chinese ICT giant, is reportedly involved in plans to link Pakistan and China fibre-optically – including laying an 800-kilometre stretch of cable alongside the world-famous Karakoram Highway.

According to the Pakistani financial press, the proposed project is part of an $18 billion plan to better link the two countries with a new road and rail track aimed at creating an efficient Pakistan-China ‘economic corridor’.

BT to offer ultrafast FTTP service

09 August 2013

Internet provider BT has confirmed that it will soon be offering an ultrafast 300Mbps 'fibre to the premises' (FTTP) service for consumers who require extra bandwidth.

The service will initially be available within 50 exchange areas where FTTP infrastructure has already been deployed.

The company says that the launch of the Infinity 300Mbps FTTP service will see BT offer the fastest speeds of all the major ISPs, with 300Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream speeds. BT says the speeds are up to 40 times faster than those achievable through the use of copper.

Graphene could lead to step-change in internet speeds

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.

New director for Modulight

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.

Experts lined up for ECOC

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.
 

Fibre's high cost scuppering broadband roll-out

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.

Rebrand for Optimal Cable Services

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.

York marching towards digital title

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.

Alcatel-Lucent and Telenor feel the need for speed

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.
 

Ovum predicts fast growth in optical components market

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.

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