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Blow by blow

David Stockton gives an account of past, present and future developments in blown fibre technology and equipment

Future passive

What will passive optical networks look like in future? Robert Roe explores some promising new research directions

A brighter future

FTTH Council Europe President Edgar Aker spoke to Fibre Systems about the new action plan to increase FTTH adoption in Europe

ROADMs move into the cloud

Reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers will bring flexibility and efficiency to data centre interconnect transport networks, argues Coriant’s Bill Kautz

Redefining density

Corning’s Matthew Guinan considers how products that maximise density can help operators cope with the increasing amounts of fibre in their networks

Soft optics, hard photons

Geoff Bennett examines the evolution of coherent super-channels and how the use of software programmable modulation formats gives operators new options for network optimisation

Keen to clean

Beth Harlen spoke with Mike Jones, MicroCare vice president international, and Scott Wells, business manager Europe, about the importance of cleaning in the fibre-optics industry

Long-distance vision

Ian Davis explains how ultra-low loss and large effective area designs for optical fibre can enhance the operation of long-haul optical transmission in modern optical networks

Latin America embarks on FTTH journey

FTTH deployment in Latin America has suddenly accelerated and offers massive potential for growth. Robert Roe examines the unique circumstances in this interesting market

The problem with packaging

With packaging costs dominating the cost of optical transceivers, will silicon photonics ever provide the cheap, fast optical links that data centre managers crave? Rebecca Pool finds out

Blurred boundaries

How should the metro network be described? Jon Baldry considers how optical systems vendors are responding to the changing requirements in the metro market

Good grounding


AFL has expanded far beyond its origins as a manufacturer of optical ground wire, and now offers a broad portfolio of fibre-optic products. Robert Roe talks to Phil Edwards, president of AFL EMEA

The many paths of Asian fibre

The most prominent examples of FTTH deployment in the Asia Pacific region aren’t necessarily the most instructive. Benoît Felten explains why

Self-service bandwidth

Software control has finally reached the optical layer. Pauline Rigby talks to Infinera about its involvement in the first commercial deployment of a software-defined optical network

Search engines of change

Demand from Internet companies is remodelling the network equipment market. Andy Extance talks to telecoms market research firm Ovum about the consequences

Cable conundrum

Competition from fibre-to-the-home networks is putting cable operators under pressure. Robert Roe investigates the options available to cable operators wishing to upgrade their networks

Backhauling with fibre

Modern installation techniques and smaller, lighter cables enable more economical fibre deployment in mobile backhaul networks, writes Vanesa Diaz

Stacking the odds in favour of PON

Current technologies for passive optical networks are reaching their limits but, as Robert Roe discovers, making the right choice of next-generation technology is not easy

Can ocean cables go green?

Efforts to use submarine fibre-optic cables to gather important environmental data are off to a promising start, finds Andy Extance, but significant hurdles remain

Connecting the 
past to the future

Since starting out as a zinc die casting company more than 50 years ago, John Guest has diversified into many areas and is now very active in the blown fibre push-fit connectors market. 
Tim Gillett reports

Testing times for GPON

As GPON rolls out, equipment interoperability issues abound. Will certification ease today’s rising test and measurement costs. Rebecca Pool finds out

Metro contextual

A recent study has predicted fast growth in data traffic on metropolitan access and aggregation networks. Transmode’s chief technical officer Sten Nordell offers a perspective on the situation. By Tim Gillett

Capacity conundrum

With providers facing the challenges of keeping up with internet traffic growth, terabit-scale systems are on the rise, Robert Roe writes

The long and the short of it

Architects of the largest data centres have set optical engineers a challenge: to create cheaper 100 Gigabit interfaces that span up to 2km. Roy Rubenstein reports

Testing times

Test and measurement equipment will be a key focus for exhibitors and delegates at ECOC 2014 in September. With many products to choose from, Robert Roe investigates how providers of test and measurement equipment stand out from the crowd

90 years and counting

JDSU has a proud history – and a keen eye on the future. Tim Gillett meets Russell Taws and Brandon Collings

Is the future active?

A wide range of applications means that the market for active optical cables is growing strongly, as William Payne discovers

Packing a punch

It may be a cog in the network but the packet-optical transport system (P-OTS), is now a point of convergence of several trends transforming the network, writes Roy Rubenstein

Perpetual state of upgrade

From humble beginnings 120 years ago, Anritsu has developed to become a global leader in fibre technology. Tim Gillett meets Jonathan Borrill, director of marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa  Asia (EMEA), to find out more

One fibre everywhere

Vanesa Diaz, market development engineer at Corning Optical Fiber, describes the benefits of a bend-improved optical fibre featuring full compatibility with legacy deployments

Tackling the mobile data tsunami

Over the past couple of years a new buzzword has entered network discussions. Siân Harris finds out what mobile fronthaul is, and why mobile operators are so excited about it

Distribution of wealth

Fibre to the distribution point has the potential to bring superfast broadband to the home – as well as profits to operators, argues Robert Roe

Time for change

Revamped regulation is crucial to curb dwindling revenues among European operators – but, Rebecca Pool asks, will reform reach the industry in time?

Changing of the guard

After years of data centres being held back by their own networks, things are finally progressing, argues Roy Rubenstein

Swiss reliability on a global stage

Fifty years after its formation in a tiny workshop, Reichle and De-Massari is thriving – and still stressing the importance of providing the highest-quality products.
Tim Gillett reports

Progress without limits

Now is the time to encourage governments worldwide to invest in fibre to the home – not in 20 years time, according to FTTH Council president Karin Ahl. Robert Roe reports

Programming the network

Interest in transport software-defined networking has grown over the past year, but Roy Rubenstein finds there are still challenges to be overcome