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Carriers embrace OTN optical switching

17 May 2011
The vast majority of operators will adopt Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching technology in their networks, according to the latest survey by Infonetics Research. All the carriers interviewed by the market research firm have deployed OTN interfaces for optical transport, while most plan to use OTN as part of their switching equipment in the next three years.
 


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PIANO+ project targets dynamic optical access networks

16 May 2011
A £1.7m (€1.95m) pan-European collaborative project to develop the internet access networks of the future will start next month.  Irish firm Intune Networks has received a substantial part of that funding (£520,000) to develop a dynamic architecture for the local access network that will support local services and 1Gbps access speeds while also reducing cost and energy consumption.
 


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Xilinx buys Modelware for 100G traffic management

16 May 2011
Xilinx, a vendor of programmable logic chips, is beefing up its communications business with the acquisition of Modelware, a supplier of intellectual property (IP) cores and reference designs for packet processing and traffic management.  The news comes just one month after the company bought packet transport start-up Omiino.
 


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Fujitsu announces 100G capabilities

16 May 2011
Fujitsu Network Communications has announced new 100Gbps transponder and muxponder cards for the Flashwave 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform, which will become generally available in the fourth quarter of this year.  The cards will increase the capacity on each wavelength ten-fold while also lowering the transmission cost per bit, to help operators meet the soaring demand for bandwidth on core networks.
 


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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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