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Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscope with integrated generator simplify debugging

Created May 22, 2017

Rohde & Schwarz claims to be the first oscilloscope manufacturer to offer an integrated arbitrary waveform and pattern generator in the “lab class”. With the generator, all R&S RTO2000 and R&S RTE oscilloscopes can deliver test signals on two analogue and eight digital channels, making it possible to test complex circuits in a minimum of space using a single instrument. Even fully automated compliance tests can be performed.



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Infinera and Canalink validate Infinite Capacity Engine over subsea cable

Created May 22, 2017

Infinera has announced a successful subsea field test with Canalink across its subsea cable. The test, conducted with the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) and featuring Infinera’s fourth-generation photonic integrated circuit, demonstrated the capability to upgrade the cable capacity by a factor of 13.



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Automatic fusion splicer provides increased productivity with reduced splice cycles

Created May 22, 2017

As the world’s first fully automatic fusion splicer, Fujikura Europe’s 70S provides “great ROI for customers and increased productivity via reduced splice cycles”, the company claims.

The 70S requires only four operational steps per splice, reducing splicing time to just six seconds. The 70S is also said to be the only machine to withstand drop testing on all six sides from a height of 70cm



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NEC ups subsea transmission bar

Created May 19, 2017

NEC Corporation has announced that it has demonstrated a transmission capacity of 50.9 Terabits per second on a single optical fibre, over a distance greater than 11,000km. According to the company, this is the first time 50Tb has been achieved over 10,000km using C+L band Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFAs). Such a capacity over that distance corresponds to a record-breaking capacity distance product of 570 Pb-km (Petabit per second-kilometer).



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DarkStar Mux/Demux lifts off

Created May 19, 2017

XKL LLC, a provider of fibre optic networking systems, has launched the DarkStar Mux/Demux – Amplifier (DMD-A) optical utility appliance. The DMD-A provides a variety of filter options, including 48- or 96-channel mux/demux and 4-or 6-band combiner filter, and allows for point-to-point or east/west configurations. It also supports up to four Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFAs), depending on other installed options. XKL’s DMD-A optical appliance includes dispersion compensation and an integrated optical switch for path protection.



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Ensemble SmartWAN wins Leading Lights award for most innovative NFV strategy

Created May 18, 2017

Ensemble, a division of Adva Optical Networking, has announced that its SmartWAN platform has won Light Reading’s Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor).

Just presented in Austin, Texas, on the eve of the Big Communications Event, the award recognises the value of Ensemble’s open virtualised networking platform for deploying and managing virtual SD-WAN and other NFV services at scale.



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Prysmian awarded $300 million optical cable supply agreement from Verizon Communications

Created May 18, 2017

Prysmian Group, a significant operator in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a supply agreement from US telecom company Verizon Communications to support the company’s network expansion around a next-generation fibre platform that will speed the deployment of 5G services, while improving 4G LTE and other broadband capacity.

The three-year contract is worth approximately $300 million and will include supply of more than 17 million fibre kilometers of ribbon and loose tube cables.



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TNO and NCSC launch guide to dealing securely with the Internet of Things

Created May 18, 2017

Dutch research organisation TNO has launched in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NL) a new guide to “Dealing Securely with the Internet of Things”.

The guide gives insights and information about implementing equipment and processes that may be considered to relate to IoT, as well as support to structure this process and to identify pitfalls.



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CENX named Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor in Leading Lights Awards

Created May 18, 2017

CENX, a developer of software solutions for the telecom industry, has been awarded the “Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor” award in the latest edition of Light Reading’s Leading Lights Awards in recognition of its namesake product, which allows service providers end-to-end, real-time visibility into their network in a single pane.

Leading Lights is the annual awards program hosted by Light Reading, a publication covering the global communications networking and services industry.



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MRV plugs optical DCI flexibility gap?

Created May 11, 2017

Data Centre Interconnect specialist MRV Communications™ Inc has unveiled the OD-4-DCI, its new optical transport platform aimed at the DCI market. Part of MRV’s OptiDriver® family of WDM metro transport solutions, the OD-4-DCI is designed to enable modular, ultra-high density DCI in a compact 1RU form factor with stackable management, and so offer higher bandwidth point-to-point connections between data centres.

MRV points out that, with rapidly changing bandwidth needs, flexibility in DCI is a valuable commodity. The company notes that OptiDriver line cards, that are supported by the OD-4-DCI chassis, exclusively use pluggable optics. This facilitates pay-as-you-grow bandwidth capacity expansion. Additionally, pluggable optics means that data centre operators only have to invest CapEx as needed, enabling them to adopt the most current optical innovations.



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