Next-gen telecommunications is goal of EU MODE-GAP project with Phoenix Photonics

Aug. 22, 2011
Surrey, England--Phoenix Photonics is taking part in the EU MODE-GAP project to combat current optical telecommunications capacity limits.

Surrey, England--Fiber-optic specialists company Phoenix Photonics is taking part in a European Union (EU) collaborative R&D project to investigate the fiber-optic technologies needed to achieve a 100-fold increase on current optical telecommunications capacity limits. Phoenix will be focused on the critical fiber-optic components part of the project as the EU looks to create a new platform to keep pace with world telecommunications demand as the physical capacity limitations of single-mode fiber transmission are reached.

"Components providing the functionality of a network are the fundamental building blocks of any system," said Phoenix Photonics CEO Ian Giles. "The new fibers proposed within the projectknown as MODE-GAPto facilitate spatial division multiplexing, demand a whole new range of components. Our role is to address the challenge to provide these advanced fiber components, which will be based on our proven in-house technologies."

The MODE-GAP project is funded under the EU 7th Framework Programme and seeks to provide Europe with a lead in the development of next-generation internet infrastructure. Combining the expertise of eight photonics partners, MODE-GAP will develop transmission technologies based on specialist long-haul transmission fibers, and associated enabling technologies such as novel rare-earth doped optical amplifiers, transmitter, and receiver components and data-processing techniques to increase the capacity of broadband networks.

Other organizations involved in the program alongside Phoenix are the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre, ESPCI ParisTech, OFS Fitel Denmark APS, the COBRA Institute at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eblana Photonics, Nokia Siemens Networks GMBH & Co. KG and the Tyndall National Institute of University College Cork.

SOURCE: Phoenix Photonics; www.phoenixphotonics.com/website/news/index.html

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Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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