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TE Connectivity to acquire Seacon

11 April 2014

TE Connectivity has signed an agreement to acquire the Seacon group, a provider of underwater connector technology and systems, for $490 million.

The Seacon group serves the military marine and sub-sea sectors for remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles, as well as oil and gas, environmental, and oceanographic applications.

One million premises now passed in Scotland

11 April 2014

More than a million homes and businesses in Scotland can now connect to high-speed fibre broadband, BT has announced.

The engineering milestone was passed as the Scottish Borders town of Hawick became the latest community to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion commercial roll-out.

The 1m total includes more than 330,000 premises in Glasgow and the west; 190,000 in Edinburgh and the Lothians; 120,000 in the south of Scotland; 100,000 in Aberdeen and the north-east and 93,000 in Tayside and Fife. Openreach engineers have now laid more than 1,850KM of fibre cable in Scotland.

Prysmian ups the submarine ante

10 April 2014

Prysmian Group has invested in its submarine project execution capabilities in the conversion of its vessel 'Cable Enterprise' from a moored cable laying barge into a DP2 cable-laying barge, able to use its own propulsion within the work site.

Seacom partners Akamai Technologies

09 April 2014

Seacom has announced a partnership with Akamai Technologies,  and will deploy Akamai content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African IP network footprint.

The nodes will accelerate and optimise HTTP content, rich media, downloadable files, video, music, software updates and other Web content requested by operators and Internet Service Providers connected to Seacom's IP network, according to the company. African customers will enjoy lower latency, faster speeds and more reliable service.

ByteSphere snapped up by Exfo

07 April 2014

Exfo has acquired the assets of ByteSphere, a privately held software company in the Boston area, which specialises in IT management and network monitoring solutions.

R&M acquires Advanced Fiber Systems

07 April 2014

Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) has acquired the business activities and operating assets of Advanced Fiber Systems (AFS) in India.

AFS is a renowned manufacturer of fibre-optic products and solutions for the Public Network market and has been an R&M certified assembly partner for the E-2000TM connector for several years. It was founded in 2002 and has its production facility located in Bangalore. The management and all employees of AFS will transfer to R&M in India.

R&M approves Finisar transceivers

07 April 2014

Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), the Swiss developer and provider of connectivity systems for network infrastructures, has approved Finisar, the world’s largest supplier of optical communication components and subsystems, as its transceiver supplier.

Transceivers from market and technology leader Finisar will support R&M’s high-performance optical cabling solutions. R&M says its decision is aimed at supporting organisations with data centre capital expenditure savings and the implementation of leading-edge network link architectures.

Voucher funding to connect to York gigabit network

31 March 2014

The digital connectivity of the business community in the city of York, UK, has taken a leap forward with the launch of a connection voucher scheme as part of the SuperConnected Cities programme. The vouchers offer businesses up to £3,000 towards network connection costs, enabling them to access affordable gigabit speed services in the city over CityFibre’s pure fibre network, the York CORE.

Zinwave partners with Twincom

31 March 2014

Zinwave, a global provider of active distributed antenna systems (DAS) for in-building wireless coverage, has partnered with TwinCom Trading Corporation, a wireless communications company based in Manila, to support its expanding customer base in South East Asia.

Hamamatsu completes Beijing factory

31 March 2014

Hamamatsu Photonics has announced the completion of a new building at its Beijing Hamamatsu Photon Techniques subsidiary to expand its manufacturing capacity, as well as its and research and development activities in China. Operations at the new building located at the Langfang Factory, have already begun.

Telecom Austria hails successful field trial

31 March 2014

Telekom Austria has successfully tested the 400G high-speed technology between Zagreb in Croatia and Ljubljana in Slovenia. This field trial focused on testing the 400 Gbit/s technology on existing fibre optic cables.

New laser design promises faster fibre optic broadband

28 March 2014

Researchers at Caltech have developed a new semiconductor laser that could transmit data at higher speeds along an optical fibre. The work could pave the way for faster broadband internet and other optical fibre communications.

The new laser design has a much higher spectral purity than the semiconductor distributed-feedback (DFB) laser that is at the heart of today’s fibre optic communications. The new laser has more than 10 times the linewidth improvement compared to commercial semiconductor lasers, the researchers state, with the possibility of further increase in coherence.

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