Times Microwave Systems’ new CCT-03 coaxial cable cutting tool is uniquely optimized to cut Times Microwave’s ≤ 0.600” diameter coaxial cable with just one cut.
We’re only a few days into the New Year and all we can say is the outlook is uncertain. The enthusiastic hype that has filled the news in the past with promises of 5G solving the world’s problems has turned to skepticism. “Smart” cities are being discussed as not such a smart idea anymore. The latest battles in the “pole wars” we’ve written about before now focus on placement of small cells for 4G/5G, not on installing aerial fiber optic cables.
The seamless interconnect of data center facilities is needed to deliver lightning-fast speeds, and yet internet content providers (ICPs) have grown at such a rate there has barely been enough time to create the rigorous testing regiment necessary. Add the rising cost of cabling infrastructure and the array of interoperability protocols to the mix, and the scale of the challenge becomes even more overwhelming.
2020 is only a few days old and already the edge data center industry is off to a running start. For example, Forrester Research recently reported that 57% of mobility business leaders surveyed are interested in leveraging edge computing in 2020.
The introduction of 200µm coated fibers in the market is causing a paradigm shift in cabling and splicing technology. These smaller fibers are found in loose fiber cables, and offer many benefits compared to standard 250µm loose fiber cables. The only real disadvantage is that currently most 200µm fiber applications can only be spliced one fiber at a time. If a technician wants to ribbonize these 200µm loose fibers for mass fusion splicing, the simplicity is lost.
The next generation of bend-improved fibers will be a critical tool for network providers and operators working to support 5G.
The deadline for entering BICSI’s 2020 Cabling Skills challenge has been extended to January 16. Race against the clock and your peers to complete industry tasks and emerge victorious. All current BICSI Installers and Technicians are eligible to enter, and selected competitors will receive a complimentary registration to the 2020 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition. Prizes for the Cabling Skills Challenge will be awarded and the grand champion will walk away with $5,000.
NeoPhotonics’ new 400G capable ClearLight CFP2-DCO transceiver is being shipped for end-customer trials. This is the industry’s first transceiver module able to deliver as much as 32 Terabits of capacity per fiber – significantly higher than today’s 200G CFP2-DCO capacity or the emerging 400G CFP2-DCO capacity.
Three researchers from Corning, Dana Bookbinder, Ming-Jun Li, and Pushkar Tandon, who invented ClearCurve bend-insensitive optical fiber, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in Washington D.C. in May. They are among 22 inventors who will be inducted at that time. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The Ethernet Alliance has named Peter Jones of Cisco Systems, as their new Chairman. The former chair of the NBASE-T Alliance, which merged with the Ethernet Alliance in 2019, and an active member of multiple Ethernet Alliance committees, Jones assumed his new role in late 2019.