Viewpoint

22 June 2017

Optical fibers and optical communication systems are the technologies that made possible the internet revolution and the global availability of high-capacity wireless communications (LTE, 4G, etc.). This fundamental global infrastructure is the result of enormous investments realized by telecommunication operators and governments over the last several decades and leverages the great properties of optical fiber as a transmission medium: large bandwidth, low attenuation, low cost, light weight, and immunity to the electromagnetic field.

23 May 2017

The insatiable global demand for data and computing resources is driving an ever-accelerating proliferation of cloud data center infrastructure. To keep pace with this demand, it’s estimated that cloud service providers daily deploy enough new server and networking capacity to onboard a Fortune 500 enterprise. New data center build outs continue unabated, with facility footprints so large that they’re commonly measured in football fields. This aggressive build out activity will augment existing data center infrastructure that’s already massive in scale.

26 April 2017

HellermannTyton has designed a range of outlets, distribution boxes, customer connection points and connectorised wall boxes that, combined with the fibre splice closures, provides full end-to-end FTTH solutions for new developments and existing buildings. Depending on the size of the building, be it a large or small multi dwelling unit (MDU) or a single dwelling unit (SDU), this range of products offers a number of options in fibre connectivity and distribution.

7 March 2017

MACOM has enabled over a million 100G modules going into data center and enterprise applications. This number is beyond even the largest projections reported by market analysts to date, and includes leadership positions in long reach and short reach laser and VCSEL drivers, CDRs and TIAs. We believe this is just the beginning of a ramp that will see demand for 100G connectivity within data centers triple over the next four years.

11 January 2017

iOLM greatly simplifies Tier 2 OTDR certification and allows technicians with relatively little experience to certify and if necessary, analyze and troubleshoot fibre cabling regardless of the complexity of the link. Further, by testing each link with multiple configurations the OTDR will provide the most accurate reports ensuring that only good links pass and only bad links fail.

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CableLabs is spearheading efforts to develop a proposal that uses coherent optics to dramatically boost the capacity of hybrid fibre coaxial networks, reports Andy Extance

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Systems vendors are using intelligent software to squeeze more performance from optical networks. Pauline Rigby reports on developments at OFC 2017