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Telia Carrier launches new Internet backbone PoP in Berlin

Created April 10, 2017

Telia Carrier has added a new point-of-presence (PoP) to its network, providing agile connectivity services for what it described as the “booming economic sector” in Berlin, Germany.

The new data centre, Carrier-Colo, owned by IPB, is one of the most connected facilities in the region providing connectivity and other IP services to international, national and regional start-ups, carriers, cloud and content providers. Located between Frankfurt, Germany and Warsaw, Poland, the new PoP builds upon Telia Carrier’s recently added, low latency, DWDM route, the Frankfurt – Warsaw Express, to meet increased demand in the German capital.



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Exfo appoints Philippe Morin as new CEO transition; Lamonde becomes Executive Chairman

Created April 10, 2017

Exfo, the network test systems developer, has announced that Germain Lamonde, the company’s founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, has appointed Philippe Morin as the company’s new CEO, effective April 1, 2017.



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BICS gets in the Groove

Created April 10, 2017

Global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services BICS is deploying the Coriant Groove™ G30 Network Disaggregation Platform in its pan-European network. The Coriant solution is designed to enable BICS to cost-efficiently meet the growing demand for high-capacity, low latency connectivity in major European metropolitan area markets, including London, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Marseille.



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EXFO’s new platform enables all-in-one spectral & transport 100G testing solution

Created April 4, 2017

The FTB-4 Pro offers the industry’s smallest form factor and delivers unprecedented power, flexibility and scalability for tests in high speed networks, data centers and R&D labs.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, March 20, 2017— EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF), the global network test, data and analytics experts, today announced the launch of theFTB-4 Pro platform, the industry’s smallest platform for testing high speed and optical networks. The deployment of 100G in key markets calls for comprehensive test solutions which are specifically designed to thoroughly test 100G links effectively and efficiently.



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Nokia and Facebook break subsea cable performance records

Created April 3, 2017

Nokia and Facebook have set new spectral efficiency and capacity records in multiple submarine field trials over a 5,500 km submarine cable between New York and Ireland. The submarine field trial of Nokia Bell Labs’ new Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS) technology used shaped 64-QAM, which achieved a record spectral efficiency of 7.46 bits/s/Hz and increased the stated capacity of the system by almost 2.5 times.



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Fujikura Europe presents new 500W air-cooled CW lasers

Created March 31, 2017

Fujikura Europe says it is becoming “a major competitive force in the industrial laser market” with its pulsed fibre lasers and the anticipated launch of its new 500W air-cooled CW lasers.

The Pulsed Fibre Laser FLP-G10 series offers a beam quality with an M2 value of typically 1.3; the developer says it has “a proven track record with more than 6,000 lasers deployed in the field. The series is suited to deep metal engraving at high power on reflective materials, but is also competitive at lower powers too.”



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Luxtera to offer high-performance silicon photonics platform with TSMC

Created March 31, 2017

Luxtera, a pioneer in silicon photonics developments, has partnered with TSMC for next-generation silicon photonics manufacturing. This cooperation enables key technologies for future cloud, mobile infrastructure, enterprise, and high-performance computing platforms.

The companies are together developing what they are calling “an innovative silicon photonics technology platform” intended to more than double optical link performance while enabling four times the raw data rate of any competing silicon photonics solution.



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HiLight Semiconductor completes $6M ‘B’ series venture capital round

Created March 31, 2017

HiLight Semiconductor, based at the Southampton University Science Park, UK, has announced the completion of its third round of Venture Capital funding, following seed investment by Oyster Capital in 2013 and Series A funding led by Atlantic Bridge Capital in May 2015. The company also has offices in Bristol, UK, China, Taiwan and Japan.

The Series B funding is again led by Atlantic Bridge, with follow-on investments by Oyster Capital and Gary Steele, Executive Chairman. The round, totalling $6.1m also had participation from a new strategic investor.



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Rohde & Schwarz launches oscilloscope with 10-bit vertical resolution and touchscreen

Created March 31, 2017

At Embedded World 2017, in March in Nuremberg, Germany, Rohde & Schwarz premiered its RTB2000 entry-level oscilloscope for education, R&D and manufacturing. Prices start from just €1,250 and the scope delivers functionality previously only available in substantially higher priced oscilloscopes, the company claims.

The R&S explained the background to this development, “For most of the past three decades, oscilloscopes have predominantly offered 8 bits of vertical resolution, which allows a signal to be mapped to one of 256 vertical positions.”



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Exaring deploys Adva’s FSP 3000 for Cloud-based entertainment services

Created March 31, 2017

Adva Optical Networking has announced that the German digital service provider Exaring has deployed its technology in the country’s first fully integrated platform for IP entertainment services. Built on Adva’s FSP 3000 system, Exaring’s new national backbone network will transmit high-quality, on-demand television and gaming services to around 23 million households.

The 100Gbit/s core transport infrastructure, which also features Adva’s FSP Network Manager, has a total fibre length of 12,000km. Its reach, reliability and low latency were proven in rigorous large-scale field trials. Adva’s long-term partner Dacoso designed and implemented the network.



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