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Silicon photonics ready for take-off towards ‘multibillion-dollar’ market

Created December 5, 2016

Datacenters with few other emerging applications will become a multibillion-dollar market for silicon photonics by 2025, according to market analyst company Yole Développement. The principal reasons for this expected boost for silicon technologies are that transporting increasing levels of data with existing technologies will soon reach its limit and photons will continue replacing step-by-step electrons throughout networks.



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High-performance OTDR module for remote fibre test systems

Created November 29, 2016

Today’s regulatory regime has made it more important than ever for telecom carriers to proactively monitor and maintain their fibre networks. In particular, the huge penalties specified in service level agreements and quality of service commitments give carriers financial incentives to invest in maintaining fibre networks.

Now, Yokogawa Europe has launched a high-performance optical time-domain reflectometer module – the AQ7277B – which is designed for use with remote fibre-test systems (RFTS). An RFTS is designed to improve the efficiency of operation and maintenance of fibre lines at a cable termination station by constantly monitoring individual fibres. The system indicates a failure location on an “electronic map” and automatically alerts maintenance staff.



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IBS scientists in Korea develop optical components to manipulate light

Created November 29, 2016

Korea’s Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, located within the country’s Institute for Basic Science (IBS), has developed three key components of a new type of optical circuit, with implications for speeding up optical communications. These devices are said to “combine the advantages of photonics and electronics on the same platform”.



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186 Communications deploys Adva’s FSP 3000 across north east US

Created November 29, 2016

Adva Optical Networking has announced that New England-based fiber solutions provider 186 Communications has deployed the Adva’s FSP 3000 throughout the Northeast United States. The new network architecture expands 186 Communications’ fibre backbone meaning that it can rapidly respond to the demands of broadband providers and enterprise customers.



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Huawei showcases 5G and LTE dual connectivity in live demo with 4K video

Created November 29, 2016

At the 2016 Global MBBF (Mobile Broadband Forum), Huawei demonstrated a 5G and LTE Dual Connectivity live demo with a 4K video on-demand service. The demo was based on Cloud RAN architecture with a 21Gbps single user peak throughput achieved.

Huawei said this Cloud RAN-based 5G and LTE Dual Connectivity makes possible the fast deployment of 5G NR (“new radio”) over existing LTE networks, and serves as a milestone for efforts towards an initial 5G launch.



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Telefónica addresses huge growth in video traffic with IP-MPLS network

Created November 25, 2016

Telefónica is testing a 200-gigabit optical mesh network in Barcelona, adding to its existing optical mesh deployment across Madrid. Both mesh networks are part of the optical infrastructure that underpins the operator’s nationwide IP-MPLS network that is under construction.

The operator embarked on the new network to support the growth in video-on-demand and over-the-top streaming services. “In one year we are getting the same



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Fujikura Europe offers suite of modular test products for optical networks

Created November 22, 2016

Fujikura Europe is to offer Rogue and aeRos – a suite of modular optical systems test products based on the way network operators build, operate, and maintain their networks – to its product offering. This patent-pending architecture from sister company AFL enables technicians to control their test hardware directly from any Android smart device.



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Next-gen UC&C solution achieved through simplified, hybrid-Cloud model

Created November 21, 2016

ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, has introduced a new generation of small-medium business (SMB) solutions providing access to advanced Cloud services. These new solutions ‘make IT simple’ for SMBs to use and for the channel partners serving them.



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28 Gbaud linear InGaAs optical receiver offers adjustable gain for PAM-4

Created November 21, 2016

Discovery Semiconductors has introduced a linear PIN and transimpedance amplifier with user-adjustable gain. The device is primarily designed for 25 to 28 Gbaud / 50 to 56 Gbps Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM-4) and 25 to 28 Gbps NRZ-ASK (PAM-2) modulation formats for 1310 nm and 1550 nm single-mode systems. This new product, the DSC-R418, is currently available only in Discovery’s self-contained Lab Buddy instrument.



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ZTE demonstrates commercial IoT services at World Internet Conference

Created November 21, 2016

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE has demonstrated its “Smart Parking and Smart Water Monitoring” services based on narrow-band Internet of things (NB-IoT) at the recent World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Jointly launched by China Mobile Zhejiang Branch and ZTE, Smart Parking and Smart Water Control are China’s first commercial NB-IoT services to comply with the 3GPP standard.



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