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The Optical Networks industry is moving at phenomenal pace, with news being made by the minute. New products are being developed seemingly everyday, companies are merging in order to benefit from each other's new technologies so that whole solutions can be offered to the end customer. New networks are being developed, updated and expanded to keep up with anticipated bandwith demand.
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Foreword: Mythical King Midas was blessed, and by the same token cursed, by the fact that everything he touched, including food and loved ones turned to gold, this being the perfect ironical commentary on the serious limitations of being filthy rich. It would be an equal irony if LMGR, the Toronto firm which claims to be able to put more channels down a single fibre than most people could conceive of using, found that this apparent gigantic leap in technical productivity - which the company says with staggering optimism could be commercially available within a few months - was a similar gift which effectively all but destroyed large amounts of value in the sector it aims to serve. Certainly it seems very unlikely the world's commercial markets could react for several years, if not decades, with marketable applications that could consume such capacity, and the consequences of having available such a hugely productive transmission technology whose root concept is claimed to be already viably out in commercial markets is pretty staggering. However the limiting parameter may well be distance, which the announcement was coy about.
Pirelli/Hitachi conduct AMN5192 OC-192 terminal/WaveMux interoperability tests
Following the announcement in March by Frontier Communications that it planned to employ Hitachi's AMN 5192 OC-192 equipment with Pirelli's WaveMux system on the fibreoptic network express lane it is developing to connect 120 markets across the United States, Pirelli and Hitachi America announced they had successfully completed direct interface interoperability testing in the red and blue bands of the WDM spectrum between the two subsystems.
Nortel and Tyco to jointly serve up to $15bn global optical network construction mkt.
May 25th Nortel Networks and Tyco Submarine Systems announced they had entered into an agreement to jointly provide their customers with optical solutions for global terrestrial and undersea communications networks, enabling the deployment of very large intercontinental optical networks for global carriers, in a market which some analysts have concluded could reach more than $15bn by 2002. The scope of the agreement includes joint marketing, supply, services, and possible R&D.
Billboard acousto-laser projection grp claims 65,356 channels over "distance" in one fibre
May 25th Light Management Group Inc of Toronto (LMGR), whose operating division Laser Show Systems has already developed and now commercially delivers (using a technique the company said which had been demonstrated by Alexander G. Bell in 1880) acousto-optical digital projection devices and whose laser equipment projects full motion colour digital PC output 200 meters to outdoor billboards, announced that using a patented technique to acoustically manage light the company had demonstrated the ability to transmit 65,536 separate channels of light over distance in a "singular optic fiber". This gives a theoretical capacity 400 times the latest market-leading Nortel Networks announcement of 160 channels per fibre. LMGR said it expected to sign license agreements for the technology with several market leaders in optic transmission in the near future and estimated that a commercial solution for interoperability with existing hardware from companies such as Cisco, Nortel and Lucent for use by major telcos would be available in early 2000.
KPNQwest funds $805m debt at nominal 7.2% for 13,000kms IP European network
May 25th Qwest Communications confirmed that its joint KPNQwest European venture with incumbent Dutch telco KPN, announced in November 1998 and finalized on April 13th, which plans to complete by 2001 construction of their 13,000 kms IP-based fibreoptic network, had successfully secured $805 million of 10-year debt in a combination of 450 million in US dollars at 8.232% and 340 million euros = $357 million at a nominal 7.125%, to complete construction of that network.
C-COR, in process of Convergence.com merger, pays $50m for Silicon Valley Comms
May 25th 45 year old C-COR Electronics of State College, Pennsylvania, a supplier of NMS and technical services for two-way HFC networks around the world), which expects to complete its recently announced merger with Convergence.com of Atlanta (a supplier of Internet-enabling technical services) by the end of June announced that the company had also signed a letter of intent to acquire within the next few months for around $50 million five years old Silicon Valley Communications Inc (SVCI) of Santa Clara. SCVI is a supplier of comprehensive fibreoptic transmission systems used in advanced HFC networks including 1310nm forward and return path transmitters and receivers, 1550nm DWDM transmitters, 1550nm externally-modulated transmitters, EDFAs in 3 RU and 1 RU sizes and SNMP compliant NMS. Mary Fong, Chairman of SVCI, said the combination of SVCI's products with C-COR's RF amplifiers, Navicor nodes, NMS, network design and activation capabilities and Internet enabling technical services, would form a total set of product and service solutions for customers throughout the full broadband network life cycle.
Ohio CLEC Buckeye Telesystems uses Cerent 454 to support growth in HFC/telephony
May 25th Cerent Corpn of Petaluma California, whose Cerent 454 optical transport platform is said by the company to be the first to support any network traffic type over any optical bit rate at 50 percent lower cost than traditional SONET solutions, and which since its introduction in December 1998 the company claims is already being used by over 50 service providers throughout the US and Canada, announced that Buckeye Telesystems, a facilities-based CLEC of northwest Ohio, had selected the Cerent 454 (which Cerent said also acted as a DCC and an IP and ATM switch - delivering both electrical and optical services on the same chassis). This it was now deploying in fault tolerant OC-48 ring configurations, with plans to expand to five rings and 15 terminal nodes throughout Buckeye's Ohio and Michigan network with the option of a simple card change expansion to OC-192 later.
Buckeye's services to SMEs include dial tone, private line and Frame Relay services, and their CATV subsidiary Buckeye Cablesystems is currently upgrading its HFC infrastructure and rolling out high-speed cable modem services.
Major MSO now trialling Sci-Atlanta's "bdr" for increased HFC reverse path capacity
May 25th Scientific-Atlanta announced the first in a new family of "bdr" (baseband digital reverse) products designed to increase HFC reverse path network capacity for multimedia and interactive services such as Internet TV and telephony were being currently trialled by a major MSO and were due for shipping in August. For hub-to-headend applications, initial products include Digital Modules, for digitally encoding and multiplexing interactive services onto the network from hub locations, laser modules at both 1550nm and 1310nm wavelengths for digitally transmitting interactive signals over fibreoptic cable, and receiver modules for decoding and demultiplexing digital interactive signals at the headend. Scientific-Atlanta said its bdr technology would also be available in Scientific-Atlanta's Prisma fibreoptics platform and, when combined with DWDM technology, would support up to 32 unique reverse path streams over a single fibre with minimal signal degradation. For node-to-hub applications, Scientific-Atlanta said its bdr technology would be available in the Prisma 6940 and 6944 optical nodes, enabling the doubling of reverse traffic capacity over a single fibre.
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