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HIG Capital acquires assets of Xtera Communications

Created March 7, 2017

HIG Capital, a global private equity investment firm with over €20 billion of equity capital under management, has acquired substantially all the assets of Xtera Communications, a provider of innovative and bespoke sub-sea fibre optic solutions. HIG previously provided debtor-in-possession financing to the Xtera debtors in connection with the Chapter 11 case.



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Ericsson, Telstra, and Motorola deliver first LTE broadcast-enabled PTT call

Created March 7, 2017

Telstra, Ericsson, Motorola Solutions, and Qualcomm Technologies have achieved the first LTE Broadcast-enabled PTT call on Telstra’s commercial LANES Solution. Telstra’s LTE Broadcast capability allows PTT group calls to be delivered simultaneously to all members of a group call with high assurance, low latency and separated from regular mobile traffic. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress, last week, in Barcelona, Spain.



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Ciena’s Waveserver Ai delivers scale and power efficiency for data centre interconnects

Created March 7, 2017

Ciena has introduced the Waveserver Ai, bringing industry-leading capacity and power efficiencies to data centre interconnect applications, along with a server-like operational model. This simple platform enables mass availability of on-demand cloud connectivity and high-capacity services.



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Fremco introduces The Nanoflow, a fully automatic fibre blowing machine

Created March 6, 2017

The Nanoflow, Fremco’s fully automated fibre blowing machine, is powered by a 24V 2.0 Ah Li-ion battery, measures 200mm X 135mm X 100mm and weighs just 2.5kg. Snap on adaptor plates and duct adaptors mean users can easily change between different fiber and duct sizes, without the need for tools.



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Emtelle launches QWKconnect

Created March 3, 2017

Emtelle has announced the launch of its innovative and instantaneous QWKconnect, the connectorised fibre bundle for FTTH that offers product and installation cost savings for over €160 per home, and a reduction in installation equipment of €12,000 per two man team.



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Yokogawa launches higher-performance successor to AQ6315A

Created March 2, 2017

The new AQ6374 is the successor to the Yokogawa and ANDO-branded AQ6315A wideband optical spectrum analyser and includes diffraction grating-based monochromator technology, an enhanced user interface and an air purging feature.

Yokogawa have enhanced the control technologies originally developed for the AQ6370 series, with the AQ6374 model now achieving measurement speeds up to 40 times that achieved by the AQ6315A. The ability to sample 100001 points of data, 100 times as much as the AQ6315A, enables high resolution measurement over a broad wavelength range, while data-transfer rates during remote control via Ethernet are up to 100 times faster.



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Board-level optical interconnect sales will generate $5.6 bn by 2022

Created March 2, 2017

Market analyst CIR forecasts that sales of board-level optical interconnects will reach $5.6 billion by 2022, up from $696 m in 2017. Its report “Opportunities in Board-Level Optical Interconnects: Optics-Enabled Circuit Boards, Optical Engines and Optical Backplanes”, the analyst says much of the growth will come from an entirely new class of MSA-compliant optical boards that will provide massive backbone capacity for routers and switches compared to today’s conventional electrical backplanes and motherboards.



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Indonesian operator beefs up optical backbone

Created March 2, 2017

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) has deployed Coriant’s coherent optical transport and universal switching technology as part of a nationwide upgrade to its fibre-based backbone network. The network modernisation initiative is designed to improve the performance and increase the capacity of Telkom’s terrestrial and subsea optical transport infrastructure to meet growing demand for high-bandwidth mobile and fixed line services and applications



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Keysight Technologies works with Huawei on Phase II of China 5G R&D trial

Created March 2, 2017

Keysight Technologies has begun working with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on phase II of the China 5G Technology R&D Trial. Using its UXA N9040B signal analyser and 89601B VSA signal analysis software, Keysight has conducted the first integration tests with Huawei’s 5G prototype base station. The tests cover numerology, frame structure, and new waveform in the 5G new radio – 5G NR – protocol.



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Transceiver noise is major limit to maximising optical communication capacity

Created March 2, 2017

Why do lab results often fail to live up to simulations when determining the capacity of optical fibre? That is the question UNLOC researcher, Dr Lidia Galdino (from UCL’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, London) asked. She was surprised to discover that the devices used to transmit and receive optical signals – the transceivers – are more important than was previously thought, she concluded.



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