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Free space optics to speed stock exchange

28 March 2014

Data transmitted between the data centres of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq will soon be made by a laser network, which is due to be switched on in March.

Chicago-based Anova, a low-latency network and optical engineering firm, has set up the laser network that covers the 35 miles between the data centres of the NYSE in Mahwah, New Jersey and those of Nasdaq in Carteret, NJ.

Coriant and Juniper collaborate to increase network capacity

27 March 2014

Coriant, a supplier of metro-to-core transport solutions, has announced the latest progress in its collaboration with Juniper Networks to create an integrated packet transport network (IPTN).

Recent joint R&D between the two networking innovators resulted in the first multi-vendor line side interworking between router and DWDM system suitable for long haul (LH) transmission.

Fibre broadband company's advert breached code

07 March 2014

A fibre broadband provider in the UK has been reprimanded by the country's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for the use of misleading language in advertisements.

Rural FTTC users in UK 'might as well be on dial-up'

07 March 2014

Poor broadband provision in the UK is damaging children's education in rural areas, according to a survey.

Figures from insurance company NFU Mutual, which surveyed 1,600 parents, suggest that a third of those with internet access in rural areas believe the provision is too slow.

Guidance for network disaster damage

07 March 2014

Natural and human-caused disasters can damage or destroy data and communications networks – and several presentations at the 2014 OFC Conference and Exposition next week in San Francisco will present information on strategies that can mitigate the impacts.
 
Disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, or even terrorist attacks, can damage data centres and the communication links between them, causing massive losses in data and costly disruptions.
 

IBM sets data transfer record

05 March 2014

Researchers at IBM have set a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fibre, a type of cable that is typically used to connect nearby computers within a single building or on a campus. The achievement demonstrated that the standard, existing technology for sending data over short distances should be able to meet the growing needs of servers, data centers and supercomputers.

Photonic devices built via standard CMOS process

05 March 2014

Engineers have demonstrated that low power photonic devices can be fabricated using standard chip-making processes. The work was part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Photonically Optimised Embedded Microprocessors (POEM) project.

They have achieved what the researchers say is a major milestone in photonic technology. The work will be presented at this year’s Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference and Exposition, being held from 9 to 13 March in San Francisco.

Drop technologies 'could increase fibre deployment'

20 February 2014

Simple drop technologies for easy, fast and cost-effective fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) installations could, if more widely adopted, increase the rate of fibre deployment in Europe, according to the head of Fujikura's fibre optic division.

Fujikura says it has fine-tuned a high-performance low-friction cable for duct applications which can be pushed from the basement of the building to the individual subscriber. The low friction coating and optimised mechanical design minimises the physical resistance of this process. Field installable terminations allow minimal cable inventory.

Nexans and TeliSwitch form partnership

20 February 2014

Nexans and TeliSwitch have formed a partnership to promote a suite of automatic optical distribution frame (AODF) solutions – which, the companies say, offers the potential for FTTH operators to dramatically reduce their network reconfiguration and service times, especially for PoP (point of presence) installations in remote, hard-to-reach locations.

Ultra-fast broadband revenues 'to grow by 95 per cent over the 5 next years'

20 February 2014

IDATE has released the latest issue of its World FTTx database, which is part of its ongoing service covering the ultra-fast broadband market. The organisation provides key data on this market across the globe, covering more than 70 countries and 150 key players, and providing forecasts up to 2017.

Tyndall luminary wins optoelectronics prize

20 February 2014

Eoin O’Reilly, head of theory, modelling and design at Ireland's Tyndall National Institute has been named as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics.

Fibre industry 'needs to do more' – Karin Ahl

20 February 2014

Fibre to the home or building (FTTH/B) adoption in Europe is gathering pace, with the total number of subscribers increasing by 29 per cent in 2013 – substantially faster than the year before when growth was around 15 per cent – according to the latest update to the European FTTH market panorama, which was unveiled at the FTTH Conference 2014 at the Stockholmsmässan exhibition centre yesterday.

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