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Deep pockets: US faces $150 billion fibre bill

Created July 20, 2017

Professional services giant Deloitte says the USA needs to invest between $130 billion and $150 billion in fibre infrastructure over the next five-to-seven years. This will be the price for unlocking the full commercial potential of 5G mobile networking, boosting high-speed service competition, and increasing rural broadband access in the country.



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100G-plus coherent WDM worth $14 billion by 2021

Created July 20, 2017

In a newly released report from the Dell’Oro Group, Wavelength Division Multiplexer (WDM) market revenue is forecast to reach $14 billion by the year 2021. According to the research house, this particular market segment will be driven by the demand for 100G-plus coherent wavelengths. During the period surveyed, the total Optical Transport equipment market, including WDM, multiservice multiplexers and optical switches, is projected to reach $15 billion.



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LZH scientist founds FiberBridge Photonics to make custom fiber components

Created July 14, 2017

On June 14th, 2017, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Theeg, a scientist at the Laser Zentrum Hannover founded the 18th spin-off company of the research institute. Specialising in custom glass fiber components, fiber modules and manufacturing systems for these components, the FiberBridge Photonics company will provide customers from research, production, telecommunications and medical technology with individualized products.

In March 2016, the business idea was awarded at the StartUp-Impuls ideas competition organised by Sparkasse Hannover bank and the hannoverimpuls firm in the “Going Global” category. Furthermore, in November 2016, scientists of the LZH received funding through the EXIST research transfer program of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.



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ZDF relies on Rohde & Schwarz and Fraunhofer HHI for transition to DVB-T2

Created July 14, 2017

After one of the biggest equipment upgrades in the history of broadcasting in Germany, regular operation of DVB-T2 HD started on schedule this year. ZDF, the largest public broadcaster in Germany, selected the R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz with HEVC technology from the Fraunhofer HHI for its headend implementation.

The transition to DVB-T2, including switching off DVB-T, was accomplished without a single hitch in just one night.



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Coherent introduces new QBH format, air-cooled fibre optic cables

Created July 14, 2017

Coherent – formerly Optoskand AB – has introduced RQB Fibre Optic Cables – described as new air-cooled, beam delivery, fibre optic cables with a standard QBH interface. These are designed for use with fibre lasers operating at CW power levels up to 1.5 kW, and pulsed lasers as high as 1 MW.

The developer says that this specification makes these new cables an attractive option for cost-sensitive applications level, and also enhances system simplicity when utilised with air-cooled fibre lasers.



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Uni of Waterloo and Ciena research advances Internet connectivity

Created July 14, 2017

Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada, are working with Ciena to find solutions to help network operators and Internet providers respond to the insatiable demand for faster data transmission over the Internet.

A key area of Waterloo’s partnership with Ciena involves squeezing as much capacity as possible out of fibre optic cables, which handle upwards of 95 per cent of all intercontinental communications, including $10 trillion a day in financial transactions. The research relationship received funding support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).



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Ericsson Unified Delivery Network boosts NTT DOCOMO’s media offering

Created July 14, 2017

Ericsson has been selected by one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, NTT Docomo to deliver its Unified Delivery Network solution. The UDN, the first deployed by Ericsson in Japan, will enable NTT Docomo subscribers to access a diverse range of high-quality content over the operator’s mobile network.



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China Unicom, Ericsson and Qualcomm demonstrate Cat-M1 VoLTE use cases

Created July 14, 2017

China Unicom, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, have demonstrated for the first time Cat-M1 Voice over LTE (VoLTE) use cases at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, which closed on 1 July.

The demonstrations were conducted using Ericsson’s Internet of Things and VoLTE-capable network infrastructure, IoT devices integrated with Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modems, and China Unicom’s radio spectrum and verification of the technology and multi-service capabilities. Two Cat-M1 VoLTE use cases were demonstrated at MWC Shanghai: a fire alarm trigger panel and a GPS emergency tracking device.



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Interoute named leader in Gartner’s MQ for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe for 4th time

Created July 14, 2017

Network operator Interoute has been named a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe, for the fourth consecutive year. The annual report provides businesses with an impartial evaluation of vendors’ strengths and capabilities.

The citation stated, “Interoute continues to be a leader in the field for managed infrastructure platforms with a strong focus on automation, self service and application portability. Interoute’s unique Cloud Fabric simplifies the integration of public & private cloud, colocation and traditional hosting with its software-defined platform.”



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Nokia unveils its next-generation hardware for cloud-scale routing

Created July 10, 2017

Nokia has unveiled its latest IP routers powered by its FP4 network processor chipset that has taken six years to develop.

The IP edge and core routers that will use the FP4 network processor include the 7750 Service Router (SR-s) edge router family and the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS-XC) IP core router.



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