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Semrock appoints new account manager

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

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

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

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

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.

OECD countries fibre uptake continues to accelerate

New data shows a fast increase in broadband adoption in OECD countries – with a particularly steep acceleration in the use of fibre.

Figures just released for the international economic organisation of 34 countries, for the year to December 2012, show a steady trend increase in fibre adoption – with the share of fibre subscriptions in fixed broadband increasing to 14.9 per cent (up to 48.7 million fibre broadband lines). Fibre grew by 12.7 per cent in 2012, four times as much as fixed broadband at 3.27 per cent.

Hollow fibre 'transmits data 30 per cent faster'

The USA's The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is claiming to have developed a hollow optical fibre that can transmit data 30 per cent faster than conventional broadband fibre.

DARPA says the design, which uses a hollow, air-filled core, improves performance by forcing light to travel through channels of air, instead of the glass around it.

ESB eyes Irish super-fast network

Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is planning to build a super fast fibre network, and is currently looking for a partner for the initiative.

ESB is aiming to connect nearly half a million homes in the first phase of the development, mainly in towns outside the main metropolitan areas of Dublin and Cork and at speeds of up to 150Mbps.

The Irish Times newspaper reports that Vodaphone and BT are interested in collaborating in the project, which could start in the early part of next year, but both firms have declined to comment on the matter.

Modrus chooses CityFibre to connect data centres

IT and telecoms services provider Modrus is gaining a new fibre infrastructure from CityFibre, one of the UK’s leading independent fibre infrastructure providers.

Connecting its head office and main operating centre in the city of Bournemouth with its three datacentres in London, the new link will replace Modrus’ existing BT connection to become its new primary link, enabling the company to improve its customer service with faster server set-ups.

Adtran platform chosen for Indonesian roll-out

Adtran a US-based provider of next-generation networking solutions, has announced that Lintasarta has chosen the Total Access 5000 broadband platform as the backbone of the company’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service roll-out.

Indonesia’s largest telecommunications provider Lintasarta is deploying FTTP to deliver faster broadband speeds for business services that demand service level agreements (SLAs) for continuous service performance and availability. Adtran says the Total Access 5000 is purpose-built for supporting premium, consolidated broadband services.

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