Optoscribe and Sumitomo Electric Industries have partnered with the University of L’Aquila, Italy, to establish the first multi-core fiber (MCF) testbed for space-division multiplexed (SDM) communications in a real-world field environment. The collaborators expect the MCF testbed will host R&D activities related to SDM transmission over MCFs for optical communications. The testbed will see use for device testing, transmission experiments, and software-defined networking research. It also will be part of an ongoing 5G trial; L’Aquila is one of five Italian sites selected for trialing 5G technologies.
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