ETA Keeps Technicians at the Cutting Edge of Fiber Optic Technology

Growing demand for more telecom capacity drives need for certified professionals with validated skills

The fiber optics industry is an ever evolving one, so ETA(R) International Fiber Optic Subject Matter Experts met recently to update the program competencies and exams. The major driving force behind the widespread use of fiber optics communication is the high and rapidly increasing demand for more telecommunication capacity and internet services, and requires certified professionals with validated skills to design, install and maintain the physical layer of fiber optic systems.

Omnitron Increases Capacity of Multimode Fiber

Launchs the iConverter Multimode CWDM/X Multiplexer

Irvine, CA

Omnitron Systems Technology, Inc., a leader in data communications and fiber connectivity products, today announced the launch of the iConverter  Multimode CWDM/X multiplexer.  The iConverter Multimode CWDM/X 4 and 8 Channel CWDM Multiplexer and Demultiplexer plug-in modules significantly increase the capacity of multimode fiber networks.

Alcatel's strategic undersea cables unit to be swallowed by Nokia

Reverses plan to sell a majority stake in Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN)

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it will not sell its undersea cables unit, meaning the strategic business which underpins the global Internet will be taken over by Nokia once it completes its acquisition of the Franco-American group.

The Finnish firm unveiled in April the 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as they aim to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei.

China to spend $182 billion to boost Internet by end of 2017

Goal is to accelerate the development of fiber optic broadband and high speed 4G mobile networks

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will spend more than $182 billion to boost Internet speeds by the end of 2017, a top government body said, as Beijing moves towards a more service-driven economy to boost growth.

The State Council said the government will invest more than 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) this year on network construction, with at least another 700 billion yuan ($112.8 billion) spent over the following two years.

The goal is to accelerate the development of fiber optic broadband and high speed 4G mobile networks, the governing body said on its website.

Orange to boost network investments to fuel recovery by 2018

Follows similar moves by Deutsche Telekom and Britain's Vodafone

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Orange will plow 15 billion euros ($15.9 billion) into upgrading networks until 2018 to differentiate itself from rivals in a price war in its domestic market.

Orange, Europe's fifth-largest telecom operator by market value, also said that it would take until 2018 for its sales and core operating profit to exceed 2014 levels.

For Google, new FCC rules may bring unfamiliar government oversight

Company says new rules will not affect decision to invest in Fiber

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of Google Inc's major business operations could fall under the day-to-day jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for the first time, potentially subjecting the fast-moving Internet company to regulations it has often criticized.

Aiming to set "net neutrality" rules that guide how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, the FCC will vote Feb. 26 on whether to impose tighter regulations by classifying them more like traditional telephone companies.

Italy's digital future seen at stake in battle for Metroweb

Servicing homes with fiber optic cable is a tough and costly task

Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - A small company renting out optical fiber cables in Milan has become the subject of a fierce takeover battle between Telecom Italia and global mobile giant Vodafone, with a national high-speed fiber network seen as the ultimate prize.

Both companies have set their sights on buying a controlling stake in Metroweb that infrastructure fund F2i is selling.

Vodafone says other carriers should be allowed to take Metroweb stake

Also asked that all Metroweb shareholders be allowed to appoint board members

Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - The Italian arm of mobile phone group Vodafone believes that so-called other licensed operators (OLO) should be allowed to take a stake in Metroweb if infrastructure fund F2i sells its controlling holding in the Italian fiber optic network firm, Vodafone said in a letter to Italy's competition watchdog AGCM.

AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

Follows Obama's call for stricter regulations that would treat ISPs like public utilities

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments.

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks.

Google, Asian telecoms to build $300 million undersea cable to Japan

'FASTER' network will have initial capacity of 60 terabits per second

Reuters

(Reuters) - Search engine Google Inc and five Asian telecom and communications companies have agreed to invest about $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the United States to Japan.

To be named "FASTER," the cable network will have an initial capacity of 60 terabits per second and will connect Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Oregon and Seattle to Chikura and Shima in Japan.

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