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5G networks will take off in Asia and US, while European operators hold on to 4G, says GlobalData

Created August 8, 2017

5G networks will become mainstream by 2020, but Europe will lag behind Asia and the US, as operators seek to make the most of 4G, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData Technology. The company’s latest market report forecasts that over half of all mobile subscriptions will be 5G-capable in South Korea by 2022, compared with only around 7% in Europe.



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LC Push-Pull Uniboot Connector offers productivity and convenience

Created August 8, 2017

The LC Type line of products available from Suncall America deliver the high-optical performance required by today’s most demanding fibre optic and networking applications, the company states.

The newly-announced LC Push-Pull Uniboot Connector utilizes the familiar push-pull installation and removal feature, with a no-jig polarity reversible function for convenient versatility. Additionally, the seamless latching design ensures a stable connection and a strong, stress-resistant retention force.



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Deep Blue Cable and TE Subcom to build new fibre-optic subsea net linking Caribbean to Americas

Created August 7, 2017

Deep Blue Cable, the developer, owner and operator of a state-of-the-art subsea fibre-optic system providing connectivity across the Caribbean islands and to the Americas, has announced that it has contracted with TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company – an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, to build and deploy the Deep Blue subsea cable system.



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Adva posts Q2 2017 revenues of €144.2 million

Created August 7, 2017

Adva Optical Networking has announced financial results for its second quarter of 2017, which ended on June 30, 2017. Quarterly revenues increased to €144.2 million from €141.8 in Q1 2017. This marks a decrease of 8.3% year-on-year (Q2 2016: €157.2 million) and is within in the guidance announced in April, 2017.

Pro forma operating income in Q2 2017 stood at €9.2 million or 6.4% of revenues, up from €6.6 million or 4.7% of revenues in Q1 2017. This number represents a €5.0 million YoY increase (Q2 2016: € 4.2 million) and is also within previously announced guidance. Operating income amounted to €8.1 million (Q2 2016: €3.1 million). Cash and cash equivalents totaled € 80.8 million. Net liquidity reached €30.8 million and net working capital €100.3 million.



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UK’s Call Flow deploys Adtran-powered 10 Gbps FTTH infrastructure

Created August 7, 2017

Adtran, a developer of next-generation open networking solutions, has announced that Call Flow has chosen its XGS-PON solution to power the UK’s first generation of symmetric multi-Gigabit Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) services.

The rapidly-growing ultrafast broadband operator has already built out up to 100 Mbps FTTC-based services across Southern England and, to allow services to scale, has now selected Adtran’s next-generation 10Gbps FTTH solution.



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Fiber Optic Centre (US) names Larry Donalds as Business Development manager

Created August 7, 2017

Fiber Optic Center, (FOC), an international distributor specializing in fibre optics, optics and speciality high-tech materials, has announced the appointment of Larry Donalds as its Business Development, Fibre Design and Manufacturing, Technical Sales manager.

Donalds brings more than 35 years’ experience from 3M Company, based in St. Paul, MN after he recently retired. During his time with 3M, he spent 24 years in the development and manufacture of specialty optical fibre, utilizing the “voice of the customer,” helping 3M design and produce fibres to meet specific customer applications and performance criteria.



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CST Global’s sales of lasers into booming PON markets pass 25 million

Created August 7, 2017

CST Global, a subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB, has announced that its indium phosphide laser sales have exceeded 25 million units and its sales of DFB lasers into Chinese and Indian GPON markets are now approaching 2 million.

CST Global’s CEO, Neil Martin, commented, “Achieving 25 million InP lasers sales in the PON markets and almost 2 million DFB laser sales in the Chinese and Indian GPON markets represent significant milestones for CST Global. However, we had identified the market potential and have invested in the staff, machinery and processes necessary to support this growth.



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100 Gbits/s PIN Photodiode Array Unveiled

Created August 7, 2017

Applied Optoelectronics Inc (AOI) has announced the successful development of 100 Gbits/s PIN photodiode (PD) arrays for high-speed optical receivers.

According to the company, the InGaAs PIN PD is a front illuminated photodiode with a large modulation bandwidth, high responsivity, and low dark current. The product is a 4 x 25 Gbits/s PD array, and is designed specifically for 100 Gbits/s transceiver modules for datacentre and 100G EPON transceivers for FTTH applications. The PIN PD can also be used for the PAM4 receivers used in the AOI 200G and 400G data centre transceivers. In addition, the 25 Gbits/s singlet PD can be used in 25G SFP28 transceivers for 5G wireless and 25G EPON applications.



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Cavium enlarges its portfolio of switch-chip offerings

Created August 7, 2017

Cavium has unveiled two new families of switch chips that address enterprise and carrier-access networks as well as mainstream cloud data centres.

The chip families, known as the XP60 and the XP70, are targeted at applications that include 25Gbit/s interface switches, enclosure designs such as blade servers, 5G cloud radio access network and GPON aggregation.



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Superior cable management claimed for high-density fibre panel

Created August 3, 2017

Amphenol Telect has unveiled a high-density fibre distribution chassis that it says boasts cable management features that will change the way networks connect.

The C2LINX is aimed at hyperscale networks and is designed to maintain appropriate bend radius standards and protect fibre against possible snags, tension and attenuation.  It supports 144 terminations in a one rack unit, and is available in 1RU, 2RU and 4RU versions.  Each C2LINX tray holds two modules that can be mixed and matched with patch-only, patch and splice, splitters, DWDMs, WDMs, CWDMs, MPOs, TAPs and pre-terminated modules to address multiple configurations.



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