Thursday, January 19, 2023

América Móvil and Telxius plan Tikal cable to Florida

América Móvil and Telxius are planning a subsea cable linking Guatemala and the United States. 

The cable, named AMX3 by América Móvil and Tikal by Telxius, will link Puerto Barrios (Guatemala) with Boca Raton (US) with an initial estimated capacity of 190 Tbps. An additional possible landing in Cancun (Mexico) is being considered.

ASN has been chosen to build the cable and a supply contract is already in force. ASN will provides options to increase capacity and to incorporate additional branching units to serve other destinations.

For América Móvil, this is a new step to build a most extensive subsea network in the Americas, which delivers capacity through more than 197 thousand km of submarine cables, including the AMX-1 submarine cable that extends 18,300 km and connects the United States to Central and South America with 13 landing points and also the South Pacific Submarine Cable that extends 7,300 km along the Latin American Pacific coast, connecting Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and Chile with five landing points. Both systems provide international connectivity to all of their subsidiaries in these geographic areas.

For Telxius, Tikal is the 7th new next-generation cable to complete its network since 2018 in addition to Brusa, Mistral, Tannat, Junior, Marea and Dunant. This means a multiterabit, robust set of new next-generation subsea cables fully serving the Americas and Europe while enhancing Telxius traditional routes. Overall, Telxius will feature a 82,000 km network that has been designed to connect the main digital data hubs on both sides of the Atlantic.

UK's National Grid deploys EXFO for fiber monitoring

The UK's National Grid has selected EXFO to provide monitoring for its ongoing fiber network health assessment.

National Grid has deployed an overhead fiber optic operational telecommunications network across its electricity transmission infrastructure that carries critical information essential for secure and efficient utility operations. EXFO will measure, analyze, and report results from an 80 km span of the National Grid network -- in one of the most challenging areas of the UK for weather issues – over a 12-month period. Deployment of test equipment and Intellisense devices got underway in October 2022.

EXFO said its technology will help assess the operational condition of the fiber network, while predicting its remaining technical lifespan and identifying potential points of weakness or failure. EXFO will also collect data from Intellisense Systems micro weather station (MWS) Internet of Things (IoT) devices being deployed to measure the specific environmental impact of wind, humidity and meteorological events. EXFO's Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based analytics solution will amalgamate and correlate data from both the fiber optic network and weather system inputs, and dynamically predict, detect, and prevent outages and impairments in the network that might otherwise go unnoticed.

  • EXFO's optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) fiber monitoring units are being deployed at key nodes on the fiber optic network to monitor its optical transmission characteristics and measure its health and condition.
  • Data inputs from both the fiber monitoring units and the Intellisense micro weather station devices will feed into EXFO's SensAI platform which classifies, correlates and groups abnormal events affecting network performance.
  • The UK's operational telecommunications network is part of the country's Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and has been operating for over 30 years.

Telefónica and Pontegadea increase their participation in Telxius

Telefónica and Pontegadea have acquired the 40% stake in Telxius Telecom, S.A. which to date was held by entities managed by KKR. Consequently, Telefónica and Pontegadea now own 70% and 30% of Telxius, respectively.

Mario Martín, CEO of Telxius, said: “We are very proud of the decision of Telefónica and Pontegadea to strengthen their alliance and increase their participation in Telxius. The closing of this transaction encourages us to continue growing our digital infrastructure business. I would like to thank KKR for their continued support of our strategy focused on growth and value creation over the years.”

Telefonica to Divest up to 40% of Infrastructure Operations to KKR for Euro 1.275B

Telefónica announced it has reached an agreement with global investment firm KKR Group for the sale of up to a 40% stake of Telxius Telecom, its global telecommunications infrastructure company, for a total of Euro 1,275 million, or Euro 12.75 per share. Under the agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals, Telefónica and KKR plan to partner to develop and expand the global telecom infrastructure operation, including through the development...

Telefónica sells 10% stake in Telxius to long-term partner

Telefónica will sell a 9.99% equity stake in Telxius, its infrastructure arm, to Pontegadea for a total of 378.8 million euros.  This transaction represents a price of 15.2 euro per share of Telxius. Telefónica said the deal incorporates a long-term partner in a holding company that controls its infrastructure arm.  The sale has been structured via Telefónica’s subsidiary, Pontel Participaciones, which owns 60% of Telxius’ capital stock....

POET develops 100G CWDM4 and 100G LR4 chip-on-board for ADVA

POET Technologies has developed multi-engine 100G CWDM4 and 100G LR4 chip-on-board solutions for its lead customer, ADVA Optical Networking SE.

POET’s multi-engine transmit and receive chips will be used in a pluggable solution that packs the functionality of four independent 100Gbit/s interfaces into a single QSFP-DD housing.

“ADVA’s MicroMux Quattro brings the industry’s smallest aggregation technology all the way to the network core. Engineered as a standard-compliant plug in a QSFP-DD form factor, it fits into a 400Gbit/s socket, enabling it to meet legacy needs. This innovative pluggable solution packs the functionality of four independent 100Gbit/s interfaces or two independent 200Gbit/s interfaces into a single QSFP-DD housing,” said Ross Saunders, GM of Optical Engines, ADVA. “POET’s unique design of its optical engines with hybrid integration of optical chips and monolithically integrated MUX and DMUX enables us to deliver industry-leading products in a small form factor that is scalable to high volume production as well as to higher data rates, such as 1.6Tbit/s and 3.2Tbit/s, thereby enabling much higher bandwidth in a pluggable form factor.”  

“We are excited to work with ADVA and to enable a high-density platform with a large market potential,” said Vivek Rajgarhia, President & GM of POET. “POET’s Optical Interposer platform provides a high level of photonic integration to provide unique solutions in miniature form factors. We believe that our wafer-scale integration platform provides ADVA with compelling solutions that are well aligned with their current and future products.”

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OFS launches 150 W Raman fiber laser module

OFS is introducing a 150 W Raman Fiber Laser Module at the upcoming Photonics West Exposition in San Francisco from January 31 through February 2, 2023.

Phil Familletti, OFS Product Manager, states "OFS has designed the Raman Fiber Laser Module to serve as an ideal high-brightness pump source for other fiber and solid-state lasers. The new 150 W, 1480 nm Raman Fiber Laser Module significantly pushes the performance of Raman lasers designed for pumping EDFA's.  The combination of the OFS Raman Fiber Laser Module and the OFS VLMA-Er Amplifier Module targets emerging applications such as next-generation LIDAR and free-space optical communications.  Other applications include high brightness fiber laser pumping, pumping solid-state lasers, medical applications, and test and measurement." Technical details will be reported at Photonics West by Andrew Grimes in presentation 12400-49 "Long-term, stable, 115W output from an Erbium fiber amplifier pumped by a Raman fiber laser".