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Huawei ships coherent 100G system to KPN

19 July 2011
 
Huawei has joined the small but growing group of vendors shipping coherent 100Gbps transmission systems.  The customer is KPN, the incumbent operator in the Netherlands, which has installed the Chinese vendor’s 100Gbps technology on one of the busiest internet routes in the world between London and Amsterdam.
 


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China Telecom, Alcatel-Lucent to bring broadband to millions

19 July 2011
 
China Telecom has selected Alcatel Lucent to provide passive optical networking (PON) equipment for its large scale fibre deployment in China’s cities.  The “Broadband China, Fibre Cities” project, announced in February this year, aims to connect more than 100 million households in underserved areas over the next three years.


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Fabless semiconductor firm IPtronics secures $6m funding

19 July 2011
 
IPtronics, a supplier of electronic chips used in parallel optical modules, has secured $6m in follow-up funding from existing investors, including private investor group 10IPT10 and venture capital funds Creandum and Sunstone Capital.  The investment will be used to accelerate business development and to enhance the firm’s intellectual property portfolio.
 


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SK Telecom in 40Gbit/s network upgrade

19 July 2011
 
SK Telecom already uses 10Gbps and 40Gbps DWDM equipment. But it now plans to increase network capacity by deploying additional 40Gbps links using Nokia Siemens Networks’ hiT 7300 DWDM platform.
 


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Low-noise amplifier could extend network reach

19 July 2011
 
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have demonstrated an optical amplifier with record low noise, which could extend the reach that optical signals can travel before needing amplification by a factor of four.  The phase-sensitive amplifier (PSA) has a noise figure of 1.1 dB; an improvement of 3dB compared to most erbium-doped fibre amplifiers (EDFAs).
 


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EZchip details the industry

19 July 2011
 
The first disclosed 200Gbps data plane network processor has been announced by fabless chip company EZchip Semiconductor. The NP-5 has double the packet processing performance compared to the company’s existing NP-4 network processor and will sample from year-end 2012.
 

 



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Plastic optical fibre eyes data centre applications

15 June 2011
 
German firm VI Systems says its 850nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) is behind the breakthrough experiment by scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology, who transmitted 25Gbps over 100m of 80µm-diameter-core plastic optical fibre (POF). POF is usually limited to lower speeds between 50Mbps and 1Gbps in automotive and home networks.
 


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PMC-Sierra

15 June 2011
 
A new system-on-chip (SOC) from PMC-Sierra could give 40Gbps systems a new lease of life.  Dubbed POLO 40, the new chip is a highly integrated off-the-shelf solution that provides coherent detection capability for metro, regional and long-haul 40Gbps transmission equipment.
 


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Corning says demand for fibre exceeds supply

15 June 2011
 
Fibre-to-the-home is creating mini-boom in the market for optical fibre, if comments from Corning are anything to go by.  The US fibre maker says it is struggling to keep up with demand.  “We’re actually sold out in fibre right now,” Corning’s chief financial officer Jim Flaws told the Reuter’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Summit recently.


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Record-breaking laser transmits 26Tbps

15 June 2011
 
German scientists have set a new record for the most data transmitted using a single laser – 26 terabits per second.  The technique, described in the journal Nature Photonics, could provide new way of meeting the demands of high-bandwidth communication over long distances while also keeping down the energy bill.
 


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