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Industry leaders launch Fibre Optic Sensing Association

Created May 2, 2017

The Fibre Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), headquartered in Washington, DC, the USA’s first trade association dedicated to fibre optic sensing, was launched this month (April 2017) with the aims of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fibre-optics-based technologies.



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OFC 2017: Hengtong Cable Group and Inland Energy announce US collaboration

Created April 28, 2017

The formation of Hengtong USA, LLC, an US-based optical cable sales and technical support company, was announced at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles (OFC) 2017, based on a collaboration between Hengtong Cable Group of China and Inland Energy of California.



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ECOC 2017 announces final call for papers

Created April 28, 2017

The ECOC 2017 exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden, has already surpassed the 2016 exhibition in size among strong industry confidence, and ECOC 2017 in Gothenburg promises to be a success. The conference organisers are requesting any further interested parties and potential speakers to submit papers and register for the conference as soon as possible.



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Australian broadband operator ponders nextgen PON

Created April 24, 2017

Australia’s National Broadband Network (nbn) has partnered with Nokia to trial new NG-PON2 fibre technology as a means of delivering symmetrical speeds of 10 Gbits/s to its Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) end-user buildings. This is ten times faster than the current nbn top FTTP speeds of 1 Gbits/s.

In tandem with technologies such as G.fast or XG.FAST, a future deployment of NG-PON2 could also benefit end-users connected to retail services over nbn’s Fibre To The Basement (FTTB) and Fibre To The Curb (FTTC) networks. Additionally, it could provide extra capacity in the fibre that supports nbn’s HFC and fixed wireless networks.



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Bright lights: optical infrastructure markets pass $17 billion by 2021

Created April 18, 2017

ACG Research has released its 2H 2016 worldwide optical infrastructure and optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) forecasts which run through 2021. According to the research firm, the worldwide optical infrastructure market is predicted to grow from $13.6 billion in 2016 to $17.3 billion by 2021. Purchases of optical DCI equipment are expected to grow from $1.69 billion in 2016 to $4.3 billion in 2021. Growth is predicted in all geographic regions.



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HellermannTyton completes data connectivity range, offering comprehensive network cabling

Created April 18, 2017

HellermannTyton has announced the completion of its GST Connectivity range for use on Category 6A, 6 and 5e networks. The series features compact RJ45 jacks, CAT6A UTP patch cords, modular jack panels and cable termination tools.

Leading the GST line is the component compliant CAT 6A UTP jack, featuring a performance-optimised, multi-layer PCB and contact set. Twelve colours enable IT teams to create custom identification scenarios.



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Sterlite Tech’s optical communications products qualified with Europe’s CPR

Created April 18, 2017

Sterlite Tech, an end-to-end global technology leader in smarter digital networks, is now providing high-quality optical fibre cables qualified with harmonised European EU305/2011 Construction Products Regulation (CPR). All cable products in the EU must meet the CPR qualification and carry the CE marking by July 1, 2017.



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Ekinops and OneAccess enter negotiations for combining the companies

Created April 18, 2017

Ekinops, a developer of next-generation optical network equipment, and the major shareholders of OneAccess, a supplier of network access solutions, have entered discussions for the acquisition of OneAccess by Ekinops.

The acquisition would create a leader in solutions for telecom networks with combined revenues of more than €76 million, and form what Exkinops is calling “a major player in transport solutions, Ethernet services and business routing for networks”. The companies are consulting with their respective employee representatives about the proposed plan. Their goal is to finalize negotiations once the opinions of workers are received.



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Adva cuts risk of NFV migration with One Network Edge device

Created April 18, 2017

Adva Optical Networking has launched its FSP 150 ProVMe (P2.4). The device has been engineered to remove the risk of introducing virtualization and helps CSPs to easily and cost-effectively roll out NFV. The system achieves this with the inclusion of a hot-swappable, pluggable server that enables NFV rollout as and when needed.



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NUS Singapore researchers invent ultra-thin multilayer film for next-gen data management

Created April 18, 2017

A team of scientists led by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has invented a novel ultra-thin multilayer film which could harness the properties of tiny magnetic whirls, known as skyrmions, as information carriers for storing and processing data on magnetic media.



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