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Level 3 to acquire rival Global Crossing

13 May 2011
Level 3 Communications has announced an agreement to buy Global Crossing in a $3bn (€2.1bn) deal including debt. The deal highlights the merits of consolidation in the long-haul communications services market.
 


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The advent of fibre-to-the-chip FPGAs

13 May 2011
Altera, a vendor of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips, is developing optically-interconnected programmable devices to address growing demand for communications bandwidth. The vendor has yet to describe its technology demonstrator in detail, but said it will do so later this year.
 


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Enablence to refocus its business on optical components

13 May 2011 
Enablence wants to return to its roots by shedding its optical systems division and growing the optical components side of the business.  The announcement was made as part of the company’s preliminary financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2011.
 


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Capella secures $20m for expansion

13 May 2011
Capella Intelligent Subsystems has raised $20m (€14m) in venture capital funding, as the company rides the wave of the fastest growing segment of the optical communications market – reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs).  Capella makes wavelength-selective switches (WSSs), which provide the core functionality in ROADMs, directing signals in the optical domain without needing to convert them back to electronics.
 


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Tera Santa Consortium targets terabit optical networking

5 May 2011 
A project to enable one terabit transmission over an optical wavelength has been announced by a consortium of Israeli companies and universities. The Tera Santa Consortium will develop a terabit optical platform using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) .
 


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Entering the Terabit Era: Verizon, NEC complete high-speed field trial

12 April 2011
Verizon and NEC Corporation of America have demonstrated simultaneous transmission of 100Gbps, 450Gbps and 1Tbps optical signals over an installed fibre network.  The results of the trial, which was performed last year on 3,560 kilometres (2,212 miles) of fibre of Verizon's network in the Dallas area, were outlined in a post-deadline paper at the recent OFC/NFOEC Conference in Los Angeles.
 


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Xilinx buys optical transport chip start-up Omiino

12 April 2011
Xilinx, a company best known for its programmable logic devices, has purchased Belfast, Northern Ireland, start-up Omiino for an undisclosed amount.  The start-up develops silicon intellectual property for packet-optical transport network (P-OTN) applications at speeds up to 100Gbps.
 


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Google kicks off bids for Nortel

12 April 2011
The final piece of bankrupt telecoms equipment company Nortel has come up for sale – its vast patent portfolio.  Google has entered a stalking horse sale agreement with Nortel that could see it acquire all the firm’s remaining telecoms and technology patents for $900m (€622m) in cash.
 


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Finisar plans to bring tunable lasers in-house with Ignis buy

12 April 2011
Optical components maker Finisar has increased its stake in Norwegian firm Ignis ASA, and has put in an offer to buy the remaining shares for a cash consideration of NOK 8 (€1.02) per share.  However, it’s not the only company interested in buying the firm.


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Start-up Kaiam claims photonic integration breakthrough

12 April 2011 
Optical start-up Kaiam made its debut by announcing Series A funding and demonstrating its first products – 40Gbps optical transmitter and receiver subassemblies for QSFP modules.  The start-up says it has a novel way of aligning the individual components on a hybrid photonic integrated circuit, which delivers high manufacturing yield, high performance and low cost.


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