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TPG to buy capacity on Hawaiki submarine system

28 August 2013

Australia-based TPG Telecom has announced its intention to buy fibre capacity on the Australia-US segment of the Hawaiki submarine cable system.

As reported, the 14,000-km cable system will link Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US west coast and is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Under the multi-million dollar deal, TPG will acquire fibre capacity from Sydney to the USA, as well as on the Hawaiki trans-Tasman segment from Sydney to Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand.

Passive optical LANs find new voice

23 August 2013

Seven companies have come together to form a trade association to foster the use of passive optical networking (PON) in local area networks (LANs), reflecting growing interest in the technology.
 
The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) was set up by Corning, IBM, SAIC, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Zhone and 3M. The founder members are all involved in providing infrastructure, electronics, integration, distribution, and consulting services.
 

Software-defined networking gets boost from Ciena

23 August 2013

The network specialist, Ciena Corporation is building a software-defined, multi-layer wide area network (WAN), in collaboration with with CANARIE, Internet2 and StarLight to boost confidence in the technology of software-defined networking (SDN).

Dark Freedom taken over in California

14 August 2013

Wilcon, a provider of fibre optic and data center infrastructure on the West Coast of the USA, has acquired Freedom Dark Fiber Networks, a high-capacity dark fibre provider in southern California. The combined company will constitute one of the largest fibre-optic networks in southern California.

Austria and Netherlands create large European fibre network

14 August 2013

Telekom Austria and the Dutch company KPN International have come together to create one of Europe´s largest fibre networks. The agreement doubles the joint footprint, with 173 Points of Presence (PoP) in 35 countries, and offering a wide range of backbone-based services for international wholesale carriers and large business customer.

ECOC to host record number of speakers

09 August 2013

Next month’s ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) 2013 exhibition, will play host to the Market Focus theatre and see a record number of speakers from market-leading companies such as BT and ViaSat. The exhibition will be held on September 23 to 25 at the ICC London ExCeL.

Now in its eighth successful year the Market Focus, sponsored by Oclaro, will host 29 sessions over three days and be divided into five main topic areas – mass market broadband, high speed optical transmission, data centre networks, optical network agility and optical integration.

Transmode enjoying improved sales

09 August 2013

Transmode, a provider of packet-optical networking products, has published positive financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

In the three months to June, sales increased to approximately $44.7 million , corresponding to an increase of 8.6 per cent (14.7 per cent adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations) compared to the corresponding quarter in 2012. Net profit was $7.6 million for the quarter.

Semrock appoints new account manager

09 August 2013

Semrock has announced that it has appointed James (Jim) Harp as its new business development strategic account manager.

Harp’s primary responsibility will be to focus on Semrock’s high-volume optics business opportunities. With more than a decade of industry sales experience, Jim has previously held senior sales leadership positions with Perkin Elmer, and brings a well-rounded optics background to Semrock. Jim holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.



Hawaiki provides extra connection for New Zealand

09 August 2013

New Zealand will soon benefit from its second underwater fibre optic link to the rest of the world, following the completion of a US$350 million deal.

The agreement between Hawaiki Cable and Northland, the region covering the country's north island, will see the cable – which will connect the country to the United States, Australia, and reveal Pacific states – come ashore near the northern town of Whangarei.

MOU for Finisar and U2T Photonics

09 August 2013

Finisar and U2T Photonics have entered a memorandum of understanding with respect to exclusive access to and joint development of all Indium-Phosphide (InP)-based Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) technology developed at the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI).

Under the deal, Finisar and U2T obtain immediate and exclusive access to HHI high speed InP modulators, including polarisation multiplexed I-Q modulators for 100G coherent applications. Concurrently, U2T has acquired all of the assets of COGO Optronics.

VI Systems acquires exclusive US patent rights

09 August 2013

VI Systems, a provider of ultra-high speed components for data communications, has acquired an exclusive license to the US patent 8,472,496 – Optoelectronic Device and Method of Making Same – for applications in optical data communications, sensing, and illumination using vertical cavity light–emitting diode structures.

Let independent fibre providers fill in gaps, says report

09 August 2013

Independent fibre structure providers should be allowed to fill in gaps left by BT, according to a report by the House of Commons Rural Affairs Committee.

Rural businesses, schools and households have fallen behind their urban counterparts when it comes to broadband access, according to the Rural Communities report published today. The roll-out of superfast broadband to 90 per cent of rural areas will be delivered late, and it is unclear when the target of universal access to 2Mbps broadband will be achieved.

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