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ECOC Market Focus Set to Address Key Challenges Facing the Optical Industry

19 August 2014
 
London, Friday ** August, 2014-Mass Market Broadband, Photonics integration, Data Centre Networks, Packet-optical, Optical Network Agility and Service Providers are the key topics for this year’s Market Focus sessions. The sessions sponsored by Inphi are a key part of the ECOC exhibition, with over 27 sessions confirmed from some of the industry’s global leaders the sessions will address some of the key issues facing currently facing the optical industry. The Market Focus sessions will be held at the ECOC exhibition in Cannes on the 22-24th of September 2014.
 


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Alcatel-Lucent plans submarine unit IPO

19 August 2014
 
As part of its second quarter financial results, systems vendor Alcatel-Lucent said it is planning a public offering for its submarine networks unit in the first half of 2015 to raise capital for expansion. The vendor has not revealed exactly how much it hopes to raise.
 


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Inphi buys Cortina’s optical transmission chip business

19 August 2014
 
Semiconductor developer Inphi has agreed to buy Cortina Systems’ high-speed interconnect and optical transport product lines for $52.5 million (€39.2 million) in cash and $73.5 million (€54.9 million) in stock. 
 


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Danish team claims 43T optical transmission record

19 August 2014
 
The high-speed optical communications (HSOC) team at DTU Fotonik has secured a new world record for the amount of data transmitted down a single optical fibre. The team managed to send 43Tbps over a new type of optical fibre containing seven optical cores rather than just the usual one. 
 


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Cavium to acquire switch chip start-up Xpliant

19 August 2014
 
Cavium has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Xpliant for US $90 million (€67 million). The Silicon Valley-based fabless semiconductor start-up provides dense switching devices for the data centre, cloud computing, service provider and enterprise markets. Cavium has already invested $15 million in the start-up; the remaining $75 million will comprise $40 million (€30m) in cash and $35 million (€26m) in stock.
 


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IEEE begins work on 25 Gigabit Ethernet

19 August 2014
 
The IEEE has begun work on a 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) standard. The IEEE has created a Call for Interest group that will gauge the industry's interest in creating a Study Group to investigate single-lane 25GbE for server interconnect. The IEEE work coincides with the recent 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium initiative, backed by firms such as Microsoft and Google, to promote 25GbE and 50GbE to connect top-of-rack switches to network interface cards on servers.
 


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Infinera recruits senior Verizon executive to tackle cloud networks

14 August 2014
 
Stuart Elby, a senior network technologist at Verizon, has joined Infinera. Instead of defining operator requirements that multiple system vendors must fulfil, Elby has chosen to work for one.
 


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Infonetics: Europe to lead telecoms spending in 2014

24 July 2014
 
Europe will be in the telecom capex driver's seat this year, while North America can expect a slowdown. That’s the perhaps surprising conclusion of latest report from Infonetics Research.  The “Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers” report analyzes global and regional market trends and conditions.
 


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Microsoft, Google lead push for 25G Ethernet in data centres

24 July 2014
 
Data centre network vendors and operators say a new Ethernet standard is needed in cloud data centres. The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has released a specification for 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 50GbE, which they say is needed to connect top-of-rack switches to network interface cards on the servers in a more cost-effective manner.
 


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Ciena launches software to enhance network agility

24 July 2014
 
Ciena has unveiled software that it says will provide service providers with greater control over their networks. The Agility software portfolio from Ciena includes a multi-layer software-defined networking (SDN) controller implemented using the OpenDaylight framework, three network applications and enhancements to Ciena's existing V-WAN network services module.
 


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