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QSFP-DD MSA Group announces form factor specification

Created March 31, 2017

The Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) Multi Source Agreement group has released a specification for the new QSFP-DD form factor. In total, 52 companies came together in support of the QSFP-DD MSA to address the industry need for high-density, high-speed networking solutions.

Established in March 2016, the QSFP-DD MSA group accepted the challenge to meet the market demand for a next generation high-density, high-speed pluggable module form factor. The MSA group has succeeded in releasing a specification with broad market support that overcomes the technical challenges of specifying a QSFP28 compatible double-density interface.



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US FTTH organisation rebrands as Fiber Broadband Association

Created March 30, 2017

FTTH Council Americas President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold has announced that the association has launched a modernised brand that it believes will better reflect the evolution and makeup of the industry it represents, and the services its members deliver. The new brand and descriptor is “Fiber Broadband Association, accelerating the connected future” and will be the association’s formal name in all aspects of its public image.

“The Fiber Broadband Association represents members that are building the world’s highest-performing fibre optic broadband networks for consumers at home, businesses and the critical role fibre plays supporting new and emerging technologies like 5G wireless networks,” said Burnett Gold. “Modernising our brand acknowledges this evolution and brings a new sense of excitement into our effort to represent an industry, inclusive of other fibre-supported technologies with a common goal of building the world’s fastest-growing technology platform for consumers, businesses and innovation.”



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Fujitsu on pole for fronthaul

Created March 30, 2017

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. has announced the availability of the HSN8110A/D Pole-Mount Transport Multiplexer as the newest addition to its family of Smart CPRI Transport solutions. The HSN8110A/D, optimised for outdoor small cell sites, provides CPRI fronthaul transport between remote radio heads (RRHs) and a centralised baseband unit (BBU) in Centralised Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architectures, or serves as an Ethernet backhaul interface for distributed RAN architectures.

Announced in March 2016, Fujitsu’s Smart CPRI Transport solution is designed to provide an intelligent means by which mobile network operators can implement C-RAN architectures. Specifically designed to support advanced C-RAN fronthaul deployments, the solution contains a smart WDM system with integrated diagnostics, remote visibility, self-healing functionality, and ultra-low latency.



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BT and Ofcom reach agreement on future governance of Openreach

Created March 28, 2017

BT and Ofcom have reached agreement on a long-term regulatory settlement that will see Openreach become a distinct, legally separate company with its own Board, within the BT Group. The agreement is based upon voluntary commitments submitted by BT that the regulator has said meet its competition concerns.



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Photonics components developer Optoscribe opens new facility in Scotland

Created March 28, 2017

Livingston, Scotland-based company Optoscribe, a global supplier of glass-based integrated photonic components, is pleased to announce it has opened a new facility to accommodate rapid growth and future expansion plans.

The new 7,400 square foot building includes a Class 1,000 laser processing clean room and a Class 10,000 assembly, characterisation, test & assembly clean room. In addition, the new facility has ample expansion space to accommodate the company’s aggressive growth plans over the next few years.



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OFC 2017: GigPeak live demos addressed challenges of network, Cloud growth

Created March 28, 2017

GigPeak, a developer of semiconductor ICs and software solutions for high-speed connectivity and high-quality video compression over the network and Cloud, showcased a range of new products at OFC 2017, demonstrating the massive growth in the datacentre and telecom markets – and how to deal with it.

The company commented that its latest solutions could help solve the challenges associated with increasing requirements for higher densities and greater speeds as Cloud and networking services become ever more central to consumers’ lives.



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OFC 2017: Kaiam, Corning present co-packaged terabit photonic interconnect

Created March 28, 2017

Kaiam and Corning showcased an optical engine and single-mode fibre interface connector suitable for co-packaging with a 12.8Tb/s switch chip at OFC 2017, last week. The partners say that by converting high-speed signals to optical within the switch package, this high-density engine has the potential to cut chip interconnect power consumption in half.



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OFC 2017: NeoPhotonics launches high-power DFB arrays for Si-photonics

Created March 28, 2017

NeoPhotonics, a developer of optoelectronic solutions for the highest speed communications networks in telecom and datacentre applications, has announced the availability of high-power 1310 nm lasers and laser arrays qualified for use with low-cost, non-hermetic packages for 100G silicon photonics-based QSFP28 modules in data centre applications.



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OFC 2017: Luxtera debuts duplex 100G-CWDM2 optical transceiver module

Created March 28, 2017

Luxtera at OFC 2017 announced the sampling of its 100G-CWDM2 QSFP optical transceiver module. Leveraging the company’s latest silicon photonics chipset, the LUX45202 optical transceiver has been developed to target 100G build outs for cloud, enterprise, and high performance computing end users.



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MPO technology for multi-fibre type solutions

Created March 17, 2017

The MPO, from Sanwa, is designed to be used with their full line of connectors, as well as a stand-alone system. Users can choose from individual components, such as MT ferrules, MPO adapters, MPO connector kits, or an entire assembly in 12-, 24-, or 48-port models.

Key features include a choice of standard and high-grade SM and MM, compliance to IEC, TIA, RoHS, and REACH standards, as well as a flammability rating of UL 94 V-0.



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