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MicroCare expands Asian operation with Singapore base

07 May 2014

MicroCare, a manufacturer of fibre optic cleaning products as well as precision cleaning, coating and lubrication products, has opened a distribution centre in Singapore. The facility will support customers throughout the south-east Asia region as well as the greater China marketplace. Managing the new division will be Jerald Chan, who was recently hired as regional sales manager.

Alestra and Alcatel partner to break Latin records

07 May 2014

Mexican information technology and communications specialist Alestra has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent in order to bring to the market a broadband offering with speeds of up to 400 Gbps. Alestra claims its new network has no parallel in capacity and service in Latin America, allowing the company to deal with the growing need of the corporate sector as a result of the evolution of cloud services.

Kenton collaborates with Cyan on 100G networks

06 May 2014

The Kenton Group is to offer 100G networks with  SDN / NFV to its European and Middle East customer base following a landmark agreement with Cyan, a leading provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical transport solutions (P-OTP) for network operators.

The companies say the agreement will allow Cyan to further expand deployments of its solutions worldwide, while enabling The Kenton Group to deliver more scalable packet aggregation and transport capabilities when building high-performance 100G networks for its customers.

Future-proof or face disgruntlement, says Utel

01 May 2014

An independent research and development company for telecommunications systems is warning operators and service providers to future-proof their fibre and copper network upgrades or face increasing numbers of disgruntled customers.

Despite fibre to the home, building or cabinet becoming more and more widespread for many networks across Europe and the rest of the world, for most it is still not possible to monitor status in real time. For most operators managing copper networks, it is also impossible to have reliable visibility all of the way into the customer premises.

OptaSense's 'fibre optic microphone' up for prestigious award

29 April 2014

A company that has turned fibre optic cable into an ultra-sensitive microphone has been nominated for a prestigious engineering award.

OptaSense joins Cobalt Light Systems, an SME using cutting-edge materials science to fight terrorism; and Rolls-Royce, the engineering giant behind the world's first vertical take-off system for a supersonic fighter jet, as a contender for in the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, the UK's longest running national prize for engineering. It identifies outstanding innovation with proven commercial promise and tangible societal benefit.

Quantum key distribution trial will deliver greater network security

29 April 2014

NPL, Toshiba Research Europe, BT and ADVA Optical Networking, have successfully trialled quantum key distribution (QKD) technology over a live 'lit' fibre network.

The organisations say the trial paves the way for more advanced research into QKD, which they describe as 'the next frontier of data encryption technology, which will deliver even greater levels of network security'.

Comcast agrees to shed nearly four million customers

29 April 2014

Comcast has agreed to shed nearly four million subscribers to ensure that it does not become too large if it goes ahead with a merger with Time Warner Cable.

The US company has agreed to a net reduction of approximately 3.9 million video customers – meaning that, if the merger goes ahead, Comcast will retain less than 30 percent of total national MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) subscribers, while maintaining what it describes as 'the compelling strategic and financial rationale' of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

Etisalat agrees Maroc Telecom share purchase

28 April 2014

Etisalat – Abu Dhabi's Emirates Telecommunications Corporation – has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Maroc Telecom from the French company Vivendi.

The deal was initially proposed back in November, at a price of €4.2 billion, and is intended to be concluded by the end of May.

Etisalat says the deal will create a company that provides services from Morocco in the west to Abu Dhabi in the Gulf region and Sri Lanka in the east.

€500 million plan for rural Eire rollout

28 April 2014

The Irish government has revealed a €500 million plan to bring high-speed broadband to around a million rural homes and businesses across the country.

Eire's minister for communications Pat Rabbitte announced that the fibre scheme would bring high-speed connectivity to premises in more than 1,000 towns and villages, and would involved the country's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Vodafone, using an existing network of pylons.

Lumerical files patent with applications in silicon photonics

25 April 2014

Lumerical Solutions, a provider of photonic design software, has announced the filing of a provisional patent application titled, ‘Method to improve the accuracy of mode matching methods such as eigenmode expansion or rigorous coupled wave analysis.’ 

This patent targets applications in the field of silicon photonics and integrated optics including tapers, spot size converters, y-branch splitters, directional couplers and waveguide Bragg gratings incorporating smoothly varying refractive index profiles.

Dramatic broadband differences revealed in UK

24 April 2014

Vastly differing download speeds across the UK have been revealed in a survey of broadband services across the country.

According to the comparison website uSwitch, two roads – Erw Fawr, Henryd, Wales, and Weatley Road, Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, have average download speeds of just 0.6 megabytes per second, which means that it would take as along as 15 hours to download an HD-quality film.

Xtera chosen for Brazilan networks

24 April 2014

Xtera Communications has announced that its '100G-and-beyond' optical networking platform, Nu-Wave Optima, has been approved for use in Brazilian backbone networks.

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – Anatel – has confirmed that Xtera’s equipment fully complies with the requirements of the Brazilian telecommunications authorities and will enable Brazilian operators to benefit from Xtera’s Wise RamanTM solution for long spans and long reach in their long-haul networks.

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