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Entering the Terabit Era: Verizon, NEC complete high-speed field trial

12 April 2011
Verizon and NEC Corporation of America have demonstrated simultaneous transmission of 100Gbps, 450Gbps and 1Tbps optical signals over an installed fibre network.  The results of the trial, which was performed last year on 3,560 kilometres (2,212 miles) of fibre of Verizon's network in the Dallas area, were outlined in a post-deadline paper at the recent OFC/NFOEC Conference in Los Angeles.
 


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Xilinx buys optical transport chip start-up Omiino

12 April 2011
Xilinx, a company best known for its programmable logic devices, has purchased Belfast, Northern Ireland, start-up Omiino for an undisclosed amount.  The start-up develops silicon intellectual property for packet-optical transport network (P-OTN) applications at speeds up to 100Gbps.
 


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Google kicks off bids for Nortel

12 April 2011
The final piece of bankrupt telecoms equipment company Nortel has come up for sale – its vast patent portfolio.  Google has entered a stalking horse sale agreement with Nortel that could see it acquire all the firm’s remaining telecoms and technology patents for $900m (€622m) in cash.
 


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Finisar plans to bring tunable lasers in-house with Ignis buy

12 April 2011
Optical components maker Finisar has increased its stake in Norwegian firm Ignis ASA, and has put in an offer to buy the remaining shares for a cash consideration of NOK 8 (€1.02) per share.  However, it’s not the only company interested in buying the firm.


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Start-up Kaiam claims photonic integration breakthrough

12 April 2011 
Optical start-up Kaiam made its debut by announcing Series A funding and demonstrating its first products – 40Gbps optical transmitter and receiver subassemblies for QSFP modules.  The start-up says it has a novel way of aligning the individual components on a hybrid photonic integrated circuit, which delivers high manufacturing yield, high performance and low cost.


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Optical processors from Ciena deliver flexible modulation

8 April 2011 
The latest 100 Gigabit ASICs from Ciena support programmable modulation schemes that trade transmission speed for optical reach. The WaveLogic coherent optical processors are already shipping inside Ciena’s ActivFlex 6500 packet-optical platform and will be added to the ActivSpan 4200 advanced services platform in the coming months.
 


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Optical components and transceiver market growth to continue in 2011

5 April 2011 
Optical transceiver sales worldwide will exceed US $3 bilion in 2011 (€2.11 billion), an increase of 10%, according to market research firm LightCounting. Growth will be slower than 2010, however, when optical transceiver sales grew 35%. Market research firm Ovum reports similar market dynamics for optical components where the global market also grew by 35% in 2010 to reach $5.6 billion.
 


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JDSU: sales of tunable XFPs exceed 300-pin devices

23 March 2011
Components vendor JDSU announced that shipments of its tunable XFP products exceeded those of its legacy 300-pin transponder for the first time in financial Q2 2011 (October to December 2010).  This marks the beginning of a major shift in the optical transponder market as larger, legacy form factors are replaced with pluggable modules about one quarter of the size.
 


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DT signals go for FTTH expansion

23 March 2011
Deutsche Telekom says it will begin to expand its fibre-optic network this year.  The company expects to deploy FTTH in 10 cities in 2011, with the aim of passing 160,000 homes by the end of the year.    This is the first step in the operators’ plans to connect 10% of all households in Germany within five years, as announced at the end of last year.
 


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Heavy Reading: 2011 will be the year for 100G

22 March 2011
An explosion of 100Gbps field trial activity, product announcements and commercial shipments is coming in 2011, signalling the start of serious commercial activity in 2012, according to a new report from Heavy Reading. Now is the time for suppliers to engage their customers about 100G products and roadmaps, says Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading and author of the report.
 


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