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SiGe Semiconductor, Ottawa, Canada, has added the SE1052W transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and the SE1250L limiting amplifier to its LightCharger series of optical interface components. The devices suit fibre-optic modules used in next-generation datacom and telecom equipment supporting SONET/SDH, OC-192, STM-64, fibre channel and 10G Ethernet communication. The SE1052W TIA works with SiGe's SE1250L, claimed to be the highest bandwidth, lowest power 12.5Gbit/s amplifier available.

Teleglobe has agreed a deal with NORDUnet to provide a high bandwidth link connecting the Icelandic research and education community to NORDUnet, the Nordic Internet highway connecting research and education networks.The agreement requires the provision of a STM-1 155mbit/s connection between Reykjavik and Lyngby, Denmark.

Pirelli Telecom Cables & Systems, Milan, has agreed with Panduit Ltd. to include its Sirocco Blown Fibre System in the latter's structured cabling solutions. Italy will be the first market to benefit from the introduction of the system — launched at the Cabling show in Milan in February.

Lumentis AB, Stockholm, is expanding its sales efforts in Germany by adding Dr. Jürgen Kozok as a sales manager for the region. Previously with Fujitsu and Marconi, Kozok says he will use his expertise in the telecommunications industry to "increase sales activities and expand customer and partner relationships for Lumentis in Germany".

Ireland's Eblana Photonics, a provider of lasers for broadband access communications, has secured a USD4.5m investment in a Series B fundraising. The round was led by London-based pan-European venture capital firm TLCom Capital Partners — its first investment in Ireland — and involves existing investors ACT Venture Capital and Enterprise Ireland. It brings the total funds raised so far to USD7.75m.

51 Degrees, London, has secured an Ethernet contract with Hanover-based LambdaNet Communications. Following deals with Gamma Telecom, Omnetica and Neos Networks, Lambdanet will also be using 51º's Ethernet platform to connect customers. With a 22,000km-long fibre and IP network connecting 104 cities in 10 different countries servicing more than 180 customers, LambdaNet claims to operate one of Europe's most closely woven fibre and IP networks.

Extreme Networks is supplying Ethernet switching to NetCologne for Germany's first end-to-end Gigabit Ethernet MAN in the Cologne/Bonn area. Under the name EtherNetCologne, it will enable it to allocate between 10Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s flexibly for each user, guaranteed for specific applications. "Ethernet delivers more and is more flexible than SDH," said NetCologne's product line manager data Hans-Jürgen Schmack, allowing it to offer tailored solutions to corporate users while cutting administrative overheads.

Hanover's LambdaNet Communications is to cut back its Spanish network and staff, in line with its policy to keep operational costs to a minimum and only build and maintain networks in regions where customer demand is high. affect LambdaNet networks in Germany, France, or other European markets are unaffected, since subsidiaries and their networks are managed as independent businesses.

The UK's Thus has chosen Ciena's Online Edge Multiservice CWDM platform for its City Ethernet LAN extension services. It can now offer carrier-class, metro and national Gigabit Ethernet services to enterprises. City Ethernet links sites through private Ethernet connections at the same speed as the office network. National Ethernet extends its benefits to include flexible bandwidth and tariffs for all needs and budgets.

For next-generation grid computing Amsterdam University has chosen Force10 Networks' E-Series switch/routers, which aggregate Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections from computer nodes of the university's Distributed ASCI Supercomputer II.cluster into a 10 Gigabit Ethernet upstream connection to SURFnet, the Dutch national research and education network.

Swiss opto module maker Opto Speed has opened a US sales office in Silicon Valley headed by sales manager Ching-An Cheng and application engineer Daniel Hung. "Regional support in an area with a strong customer base is crucial to our success," said Cheng.

Cisco has new intrusion protection and firewall extensions for its integrated security portfolio. To avoid users spending time discerning false alarms from real attacks to their networks, Cisco is launching its IDS Software Version 4.0, Cisco Threat Response (CTR) technology, the IDS 4250-XL Sensor and Catalyst 6500 Series Intrusion Detection System (IDSM-2) Services Module, and improved intrusion protection management.

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