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CityFibre has £200 million expansion plans

Created July 6, 2017

UK fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings is aiming to raise a further £200 million in funding via a share sale to finance the growth of its network in the UK.

Among CityFibre’s goals are:

  • The expansion of CityFibre’s fibre metro networks from 42 UK towns and cities today to not less than 50 towns and cities by 2020
  • The commencement of construction of FTTH facilities, addressing the residential market, in five to ten UK towns and cities during 2018
  • In support of the company’s strategy to focus on wholesale fibre services and accelerate the commercialisation of CityFibre’s fibre assets, the acquisition of Entanet International Limited, a provider of wholesale communications services, for a consideration of £29 million in cash.


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CENX appoints Edward Kennedy as President and CEO

Created July 6, 2017

CENX, a developer of software solutions for the telecoms industry, has appointed Edward Kennedy to be its President and Chief Executive Officer. Kennedy brings 30 years of leadership experience to CENX, having served in strategic, executive positions for numerous telecommunications companies over the years, most recently as the CEO, and President of Tollgrade Communications.

Sean Dalton, Chairman of the board at CENX, commented, “Having spent more than 30 years building global networks, Ed has an extensive understanding of the service provider landscape and appreciates the importance of having real-time actionable network intelligence.”



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ORC presents ‘ultimate’ fibre solution for ultra-stable applications

Created July 6, 2017

A team from Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre has demonstrated a specialty optical fibre with zero-sensitivity to temperature changes.

Published in the optical journal Optica, a paper entitled; “How to make the propagation time through an optical fibre fully insensitive to temperature variations”, reports a significant advance in stabilising the time that it takes for laser light to pass through an optical fibre.



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Telia Carrier expands to Portland to meet demand for increased bandwidth

Created July 6, 2017

Telia Carrier has launched two new PoPs in the Portland, Or, US, area, bringing improved diversity and high speed connectivity to service, content and cloud providers in the Pacific Northwest. Telia’s new locations include Hillsboro, a key connection point for sea cable landings coming from the west as well as international traffic from Asia.

The company’s expansion to the Portland area gives OTT providers, hyperscale cloud networks and carriers the ability to directly connect in market rather than backhauling traffic to other regions, which adds latency.



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Portable R&S oscilloscope troubleshoots automotive applications

Created July 3, 2017

Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its R&S Scope Rider, adding triggering and decoding software for the CAN flexible data rate and single edge-nibble transmission bus systems. The company says it is the only portable oscilloscope capable of analyzing CAN, LIN, CAN-FD and SENT bus signals, making it suitable for troubleshooting automotive applications – from commissioning to drive tests.



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Adva to acquire MRV Communications for $69 million

Created July 3, 2017

Adva Optical Networking has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MRV Communications, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Adva will make a tender offer of $10.00 per share for all the outstanding common stock of the California-based provider of network solutions for data centre operators, service providers and enterprises.

The offer equates to an aggregate purchase price of USD 69 million and has been approved and unanimously recommended by both the board of directors of both companies.



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IoT the ‘top priority’ in driving digital transformation – global research report

Created July 3, 2017

The Internet of Things – IoT – has become the leading technology for digital transformation and is the number one priority for 92 per cent of organisations, according to global research findings published today by Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications. The Inmarsat Research Programme study focusing on the enterprise application of the IoT revealed that machine learning (38 per cent), robotics (35 per cent), and 3D printing (31 per cent) were also key requirements for effectively delivering digital transformation for business.



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New gigs for Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform

Created June 30, 2017

In one, the private Luxembourgish operator LuxNetwork has contracted for the supply of the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with integrated WaveLogic Encryption for its new 100 Gbits/s network. That deployment is designed to help LuxNetwork increase its network capacity to support the growing bandwidth and security demands of Luxembourg’s important financial sector, large enterprises and international wholesale customers.



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NBN selects Coriant CloudWave optics to scale national Australian core network

Created June 27, 2017

Coriant, a developer of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale Internet operators, has announced that NBN, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network, has selected the Coriant CloudWave Optics solution to scale its existing nationwide optical transport backbone network in response to growing demand for broadband network capacity.



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II-VI buys Integrated Photonics, developer of optical isolators for $45 million

Created June 27, 2017

• Acquisition is valued at approximately $45.0M in cash – with a $2.5M earn out
• Business to become a division of II-VI Photonics segment
• II-VI’s guidance for the quarter is unchanged

II‐VI Inc., a developer of engineered materials and optoelectronic components, has announced the acquisition of Integrated Photonics, Inc., headquartered in Hillsborough, NJ, in a cash transaction valued at approximately $45.0 million at closing and with a $2.5 million earn out.



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