China Mobile is currently building a new optical transport network that will support improved data centre interconnect, consumer broadband services and 4G backhaul. The operator has chosen Nokia to build the integrated IP/optical transport network, and deployment has already begun. The network will also support the next-generation of network services, especially 5G.
Subsea fibre optic solutions provider, Xtera is partnering with ADVA in order to develop the capacity and reach of the open networking solutions supplier’s optical transport products. ADVA will license Xtera’s Raman technology for use in both unrepeatered and terrestrial environments.
As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance
Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move
Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby
With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand