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Yenista Optics unveils optical component test platform

Created June 13, 2017

Yenista Optics has developed the CTP10, a next-generation platform for the fast testing of passive optical components such as Photonic Integrated Circuits and Wavelength Selective Switches. The CTP10 mainframe hosts up to 10 hot swappable modules and contains embedded software for configuring the desired test set-up. The GUI displays the graphs and analysis results simultaneously on two external screens.



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EIT Digital creates Security Operations Centre to tackle cyber-attacks

Created June 12, 2017

Cyber attacks against critical infrastructures can have significant impact and cause material and financial losses. For example, such an attack against an electricity network, made in December 2016 in Ukraine, caused a major blackout, a type of event with an estimated average cost of €20 million per hour. The Innovation Activity of EIT Digital works for developing a cloud based Security Operations Centre for detecting and responding to attacks made against critical infrastructures.

The EIT Digital “Security Operations Centre for Critical Infrastructures” Innovation Activity focuses on protecting critical infrastructures against so called advanced persistent threats. These threats are executed over a long period of time by skilled attackers with significant resources at their disposal.



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Fibre optic connector market expected to reach $5.9 billion by 2025

Created June 12, 2017

The global fibre optic connector market is foreast to reach $5.9 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research. The fibre optics segment is expected to grow, significantly, over the forecast period. Fibre optic connectors have huge potential to be incorporated into a wide range of applications in the healthcare, railway, defence & aerospace, and oil & gas sectors.

This technology is under constant R & D and aims to develop low-cost applications and technological solutions for the mass market. The fibre optic technology has gained prominence over the past few years, owing to the persistent research & development activities and the escalating demand from high bandwidth communication and data services.



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Teleste at Anga Com: OpenRPD initiative drives smooth migration to future cable nets

Created June 12, 2017

The Remote PHY technology specified by CableLabs allows deployment of distributed DOCSIS architectures in HFC networks. It will offer operators a way to increase capacity and extend usefulness of their coax networks to answer the growing data transmission needs.

The cable industry is going through a rapid change, as operators are searching for solutions to provide consumers with more and more network capacity and services which enable smooth and reliable online use of versatile video and TV content. In the European setting alone, this means that Gigabit-level broadband connections should be available for tens of millions of subscribers within the coming years.



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Network of crystals to support long-distance quantum communications

Created June 12, 2017

Quantum physics can ensure that a message has not been intercepted before reaching its destination.

Thanks to the laws of quantum physics, a photon can exist in two distinct states simultaneously, comparable to a coin thrown in the air, which is virtually both head and tail before it reaches the ground. Like when the coin is grabbed, this superposition of states is destroyed as soon as it is read.

This interesting feature allows one to detect an eavesdropper when sending a message. However, this technique has so far been limited to short distances.



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Finnish 5G test networks piloting digital business and service models of the future

Created June 12, 2017

Finland’s 5G test networks are shifting their focus from technology development more towards large-scale service trials. The work continues in close cooperation with key vertical industry partners that, in the future, are planning to deploy their digital services on top of mobile network platforms.

The new 5G network capabilities will be able to meet the varying requirements of different industrial use cases in addition to the traditional mobile broadband services offered to consumers today.



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Adtran RFoG beats OBI without cabinets

Created June 12, 2017

Adtran, a ldeveloper of next-gen open networking solutions, has announced its new Radio Frequency over Glass solution with Optical Beat Interference mitigation technology. Adtran says this RFoG solution accelerates an MSO’s FTTH initiatives by supporting the reuse of existing CATV assets within both the headend and home:

“This approach greatly extends the return on investment cycle while smoothing the transition from hybrid fibre coax and CATV-based triple play to Gigabit FTTH and IPTV-ready deployment models.”



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XKL’s eVolocity bridges gap between lit service and DWDM networks

Created June 12, 2017

XKL LLC, a provider of fibre optic networking systems, has expanded its eVolocity platform, now with features including DWDM networks and lit service handoffs across the same interface. This capability allows users to connect physically separate private DWDM networks within a single platform.

XKL says the ability to light dark fibre and interface to lit services, including subsea, terrestrial and aerial, with a single, integrated platform, enables customers to create more flexible networks.



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Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 now available – and already deployed

Created June 12, 2017

Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, has announced the general availability of the new Infinera Cloud Xpress 2, providing data centre interconnect operators 100 Gigabit Ethernet services with unmatched scale, simplicity, security and efficiency. Cloud Xpress 2 has already been deployed in major internet content provider networks.

This package is the first platform deployed in live networks featuring Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4), powered by the FlexCoherent Processor and fourth-generation photonic integrated circuit.



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New subsea cable to provide alternate Asia-Africa route

Created June 12, 2017

A new submarine cable system, IOX Cable System, will enhance communications capabilities along the more than 8,850 km of its route between India and South Africa. When laid, the new fibre system will provide the first open cable in Mauritius, and connect for the first time the island of Rodrigues.  Providing an ultimate design capacity of over 13 Tb/s per fibre pair, the system will also deliver  connectivity to current and future undersea cables on the east and west coast of Africa, and operate as a gateway to the continent and as a new alternate route between Asia and Africa.



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