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FormFactor's fast photonic wafer probers enable rapid tests through faster photonic alignment than previously possible. (Credit: FormFactor Inc)

Testing and alignment seek to scale up manufacture

Integration, automation, collaboration, customisation and designing for testing and manufacturability will help component, module and system makers expand with lower costs, finds Andy Extance

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Deep water

Keely Portway takes a look at the most recent developments in submarine networks, and the issues and trends currently shaping the market

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The smart money

With communication infrastructures getting smarter, Keely Portway asks, what are the advantages and the challenges of automation?

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High notes

When it comes to baud rates, is higher always better?

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Hidden gems

How developments in modern fibre can help operators not only ensure fast, efficient deployment in MDUs, but also increase buy-in from consumers

Fibre networks have allowed 5G trials to take place across areas of South Africa such as Port Elizabeth (MD_Photography/Shutterstock.com)

Africa 2030

Kithinji Muriungi of KamsHub presented at this year’s OFC, focusing on how fibre technology in Africa might look in 2030

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Moral fibre

With more than half of homes in Europe now covered by FTTH/B, how do we build on this momentum in a sustainable way? Keely Portway finds out

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In tandem

Keely Portway considers the current state of 5G deployment and fibre networks’ role in its operation

Super 400

Fibre Systems takes a glance at the current market for 400G technology, and some of the latest developments available

High-density fibre can enable a new world of communication (image credit: Corning)

Pushing limits

Remote working, 5G and FTTH are pushing demand for denser, easier-to-deploy fibre, finds Andy Extance

 

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A passion for metro

Panelists from Polimi, CTTC, TUE and The University Carlos III of Madrid give their views on the future multi Tb/S metro network

The show must go on

The recent virtual OFC Conference covered some of the industry’s hottest topics. Keely Portway reports from the Market Watch conference talk about the current state of the industry. 

Switched on

What are the implications for UK providers and industry from the all-IP migration changes, One Touch Switching and Ofcom Telecoms Market Review? Mike Locke explains

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TV stars

Cable television network operators are readying themselves for customers to pull fibre deeper into their networks, finds Andy Extance

 

Feeling the squeeze?

Advanced network automation could be integral to meeting capacity growth, but what’s the best way to implement it? Keely Portway asks the question

The magic number

With advances in silicon technology gathering pace, Keely Portway discovers three main ways they are being leveraged to enable the evolution of coherent optical engines

Altnets access all areas

In the third of our FTTH ‘chain’ series, Keely Portway considers challenges during access and maintenance works, and the solutions

Independents' day

Alex Blowers, chair of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) speaks to Fibre Systems about the work being undertaken by altnets, the challenges they face and how the association is playing its part to help

People power

Emma Atkins asks how we, as an industry help to close the gap in the education, attraction and retention of women in fibre

Seeking a path beyond pluggable modules

Enabling on-board and co-packaged optics requires photonic integrated circuits and silicon photonics, but the exact format is yet to be established, finds Andy Extance

Centre of attention

The rise of the data centre has arguably driven much of the demand for greater bandwidth and higher data rates. What does it mean for the components market?

 

Hand-in-hand

How will the next generation of optical networks provide the capacity to support unwavering increases in traffic, and does one solution really ‘fit all’? Keely Portway finds out

 

A tale of two platforms

Could indium phosphide photonic integration be key to the ongoing development of high-performance coherent optics?

Partnering for the full package

In the second part of our series on the FTTH ‘chain’, Keely Portway considers challenges during the installation stage of works, and available solutions

A smart future

Looking into the future of telecommunications, it could be argued that AI and telcos will effectively transform each other, explains Raf Meersman

Can we fix it?

How do we, as an industry, build better broadband for a post-pandemic world? The answer could be fixed, suggests Stefaan Vanhastel

High time

A glance at the current market for fifth-generation coherent optics, and some of the latest developments available

Green future

Recovery plans for a post-pandemic world have one key ingredient in common across the globe – sustainability. Keely Portway outlines how the telecoms sector is playing its not insignificant part

Future gazing

Leading industry lights talk to Keely Portway about the challenges and opportunities faced by the optical communications supply chain in the last 12 months, and predict what could lie ahead

Begin at home

Keely Portway on how the pandemic has affected FTTH deployment in Europe and America, and what needs to be done in the next 12 months to meet various governments’ ambitious targets

In it together

The all-important multi-vendor interoperability can only be achieved via industry collaboration, finds Keely Portway
 

Keyed up

2020 has shown standards are key to building the networks of tomorrow, and that’s something to be excited about, argues Bernd Hesse

Pass the test

Keely Portway examines the latest 400ZR implementation agreement and asks, what does it mean for test and measurement?

CityFibre’s recruitment programme will include the identification and training of thousands of unemployed UK residents

In for the skill

There's a shortage of skilled fibre professionals in Europe. How can we, as an industry, work towards addressing this? Keely Portway finds out 

US fibre reaches further

Consumer hunger for better broadband is driving greater penetration of optical technology in HFC and full-fibre networks, finds Andy Extance

According to plan

In the first of a new three-part series, Keely Portway addresses some of the challenges and opportunities during individual processes of the FTTH ‘chain.’ This issue, network planning and design

 

Keep it coherent

Full capacity? When it comes to 800G coherent, Keely Portway considers how to address capacity-reach

Access all areas

How the access equipment market is faring in the current climate, and some of the latest tools available

Up to standards

In the third instalment of our multimode fibre series, Keely Portway looks at how some of the latest standards demonstrate multimode's continuing relevance

Let's get physical

Romain Tursi examines why rapid-link health validations are vital in multiple dwelling units, and how technicians can improve efficiency

Shifting sands

Georgina Williams takes a look at how voice communication in the UK has evolved and what it could look like in the future

Tools of the trade

Keely Portway takes a look at what fibre engineers consider to be the most essential characteristics for test and measurement equipment, and how vendors are designing-out complexity to meet this demand

Get into shape

Keely Portway looks at how probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS), could address the limitations associated with conventional coherent modulation, and why it is fast becoming an industry disruptor

Bridging the gap

PIA has proven its value in a project to build a carrier-independent dark fibre route between Bristol and South Wales in the UK. Mark Weller explains

Going for gold

Geoff Bennett evaluates how 50 years of innovation in optical communications has more recently helped to bring light from the shadow of Covid-19

Sum of its parts

Guillaume Baral outlines some of the significant benefits of adopting a more agile, modular approach to product development for fibre networks

The future's bright

Keely Portway evaluates some of the latest trends when it comes to multimode fibre, and looks at why it is currently something of an industry bright spot

Testing times

Keely Portway takes a look at the market for test and measurement equipment in the current climate, and some of the latest tools available

5G fuelled by full-fibre diet

A look at how the kind of full-fibre infrastructure that will be essential to support 5G can be realised in line with roll-out targets

A deep impact?

A round-up of the impact of Covid-19 on the optical communications industry from a number of leading analyst firms

Uncharted territory

Niall Looney summarises his business experience to date in dealing with the current Covid-19 pandemic, from a network design consultancy’s point-of-view

Graphene dreams

Graphene could transform networks if its remarkable properties can sustain a viable supply chain, finds Andy Extance

A la mode

Keely Portway takes a look at the future for multimode fibre and the opportunities it presents to the data centre market

Mixing it up

A look at building future-ready terrestrial networks with hybrid optical fibre cables, with Sergei Makovejs and Matthew Guinan

The fast lane

Raf Meersman offers three routes to 5G that could ensure less capital and operational expenditure for operators, for all of which, convergence is key

Teaming up

Keely Portway finds out how optical networking interoperability is achieved through industry collaboration

Homeward bound

Keely Portway takes a look at what needs to be done over the next 12 months to move toward the goal of copper switch-off

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