In an attempt to lead the way in innovation and network Telia Carrier to add Coriant CloudWave Optics to pan-European fiber-optic backbone network. Among the first implementations of the CloudWave Optics technology will be a 400G-enabled fiber route between Copenhagen and Frankfurt. Telia Carrier also will apply the technology to routes like a submarine cable long-haul link to London. We respect their drive to expand. Check out the story here as reporeted from lightwaveonline.com. Photocredit: commons.wikimedia.org
A new undersea cable constructed with Google’sbacking has just gone online linking the US west coast with Japan. The name of the cable, fittingly, is FASTER, and it is, in fact faster. FASTER uses six fiberpairs to push all that bandwidth using 100 different wavelengths of light. The cable is about 10 million times faster than your broadband at home, to give you a little perspective. The project began in 2014 and has laid more than 5,592 miles of cable. It transmits 60 terabytes of data per second. Facebook and Microsoft have announced plans to lay a cable stretching from the US to Europe that will have a capacity of 160 Tbps. Let the competition continue! Read the story in its entirety here. Thanks to extremetech.com for the story and for photo credit too.
I am very fascinatied by the history and development of fiber optics as a resource, and as an industry. I reently came across a really cool article written from Jeff Hecht that I thought is a great summary on how it all came to be. Jeff does a great job of giving us the big picture and showing us some of the major break throughs that occured to get us to where we are at today with this technology. Check out his article here.
Much as we would suspect, increases in fiber-optic broadband access increases value for multiple dwelling units (MDU) and for owners alike. This only makes sense as the growing prevalence of the internet has become ubiquitous and almost a staple of most households. A recent study commissioned by Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas found that availability of fiber-optic broadband access to individual apartments will increase rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) by 8% and 2.8%, respectively. Check out the full article hereas presented by lightwaveonline.com. Photo credit to Nokia.
BCC’s John Richard Rahn predicts changes in the use of flow cytometry. The laser-based technique is used in an increasing number of bio-analysis applications. He expects the industry to grow in importance to become a $6.3 billion industry by the end of the decade. He is predicting “significant changes” over the next five years as the technology establishes a growing base in biotechnology labs. Read the full article here as presented by optics.org.
As reported by lightwaveonline.com and the Lightwave Staff, XTerra has announced that they are opening a subsea branching unit as part of their product offering. Apparently they believe the submarine cable network is burgeoning to the extnet that such a capital investment will provide a good enough return to warrant the expenditures. Read the whole story here.
SEACOM, which operates the submarine network of the same name as well as other undersea and terrestrial networks in Africa, says it has reached a purchase agreement to acquire South African fiber-optic network operator FibreCo Telecommunications. Terms of the acquisition, conducted through affiliate SEACOM South Africa, were not disclosed. The deal is subject to approval by the South African Competition Commission.
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says it has supplied its GeoMesh Extreme technology to Southern Cross Cables to enhance the submarine network operator’s undersea network. GeoMesh Extreme features Ciena’s 6500 T-Series equipped with the company’s WaveLogic Ai tunable coherent optical engine. Among other milestones, this is the first submarine network deployment of the GeoMesh Extreme technology over compensated cable, says Ciena.