In Brief

Network Rail of the UK has awarded Alcatel a EUR130m for a new optical transmission network, based on its next-generation, data-aware Optical Multi-Service Nodes.

Teem Photonics of Grenoble, France has launched a space-saving splitter array series..With multiple configurations of planar splitters in a single package, system designers can reduce the number of discrete splitters.

Corning's new Polarisation-Maintaining Flame Retardant fibre is a 400µm UV-coated fibre buffered to 900µm with a polyester-elastomer coating.

Telia of Stockholm has deployed Riverstone RS routers to enable Ethernet services in its regional ATM network. Telia's Hakan Berlin said, "By expanding our network to reach diverse users, the routers deliver IP services over disparate networks."

Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology will use Lumentis' optical platform to research new routing protocols for network convergence.

Sweden's Transmode Systems, together with system integrator Pan Dacom, has sold its CWDM solution to German service provider TelemaxX.

France's first private telecoms operator, Cegetel, is deploying Extreme Network's vMAN capability to deliver its One-LAN Virtual MAN service.

At OFC 2003 in Atlanta, Kodeos Communications demonstrated technology capable of 200km optical transmission without dispersion compensation or forward error correction.

Frankfurt-based utility Mainova is extending its data recovery and business continuance strategy using Fiber Channel and Gigabit Ethernet over a DWDM network, based on Cisco's ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform.

Italian metro Ethernet service provider Acantho is to use Cisco's ONS 15454 Multiservice Provisioning Platform and ONS 15302 Multiservice Access Platform.

LambdaNet Communications has extended the reach of its pan-European IP network to Washington DC. Connectivity to New York has been available since August 2002.

Ulm Photonics, chip makers Primarion and Microsemi, and fibre maker OFS have demonstrated the first ever 120Gbit/s optical data link over 300m of multi-mode fibre ribbon.

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