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Next-Generation PON will Support at Least 40 Gbps Downstream

By admin, July 18, 2012 8:50 pm

What the next generation of fiber-to-the-premises networks will look like is becoming clear, now that members of the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) have reached an agreement on what they’re calling NG-PON2.

The agreement is not actually a standard, but instead outlines the direction that standards efforts will take, explained FSAN Chair Martin Carroll, who is also a distinguished member of the technical staff at Verizon?(News – Alert).

As FSAN considered the next generation of FTTP, various members proposed a wide range of approaches, including some that were “more elaborate and on the bleeding edge” and some that were “more current and readily available,” Carroll said.

Members ultimately settled on what they’re calling time and wavelength division multiplexing (TWDM) because the group believes that approach will meet target bandwidth and other requirements and can be developed relatively quickly. Standards could be ratified by as early as 2013 and products could be deployable by 2015, FSAN says.

Like today’s FTTP networks based on GPON, TWDM will rely on time division multiplexing but in addition will “use multiple wavelengths to stack TDM streams,” said Carroll.

The minimum bandwidth goal for an individual NG-PON2 is 40 Gbps downstream and 10 Gbps upstream, with total bandwidth shared among multiple subscribers. Noting that the current highest-speed PON, XG-PON, operates at 10 Gbps downstream, Carroll said the minimum target bandwidth levels should be easily reachable by using four wavelengths.

He added that systems with downstream bandwidth as great as 160 Gbps could be part of the standard, but he believes the 40 Gbps system will be considerably more cost effective.

The 40 Gbps requirement was driven by the per-customer bandwidth goal of 1 Gbps and apparently envisions each PON continuing to serve about 32 customers as with typical PONs deployed today. But bandwidth will not have to be allocated equally between all of the customers served from a single PON. Carroll believes network operators are likely to give residential customers service at rates below 1 Gbps, while business customer data rates will start around 1 Gbps.

Operators envision a wide range of use cases for NG-PON2, including support for mobile backhaul and potentially as a replacement for Sonet and SDH-based data services. Because NG-PON2 will use a point-to-multipoint approach, Carroll expects it to be more cost effective than point-to-point alternatives.

I asked Carroll whether the people creating the NG-PON2 standard would consider home run wiring – an approach that is gaining in popularity because some operators believe it is more future-proof than PON. Carroll said the emphasis is on PON, but he noted that the group also wants to have some wavelengths available for using WDM technology in more of a point-to-point configuration.

“It would be a PON architecture on the fiber side, but when you look at what the signal itself does, it would be more of a point-to-point allocation of the wavelength,” he said.

FSAN initially was primarily a North American organization dominated by the former RBOCs, but over the last decade it has become a much more global organization – and that reality has driven some of the requirements for NG-PON2. Carroll noted, for example, that NG-PON2 must co-exist not only with GPON, which has been widely deployed by Verizon, but also with XG-PON. The latter requirement was driven largely by China Telecom and China Unicom?(News – Alert), Carroll said.

FSAN expects to work through the International Telecommunications Union in creating the NG-PON2 standard – another example of the global nature of the technology. online casino .


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Prysmian Group secures a contract worth EUR67M to link Phu Quoc island to the mainland power grid in Vietnam

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Zayo Group Acquires Two Companies in One Week

By admin, March 23, 2012 5:20 pm

Louisville, CO.’s Zayo Group (News – Alert) LLC, a bandwidth infrastructure provider, announced this week that it had acquired AboveNet Inc. for $2.2 billion just days before the announcement that the company will acquire Arialink for $18 million.

Acquiring Arialink, a fiber optic service provider in Michigan, will nearly triple Zayo Group’s coverage in Michigan. Currently Zayo Group covers 400 miles of metropolitan miles in Ann Arbor and Lansing. The deal with add 930 miles of coverage.

Arialink currently provides dark fiber, Ethernet and optical transplant services to a variety of industries including education, government and enterprise customers. casino spiele . The deal will not include assets from residential businesses, though Arialink offers cable, telephone and Internet services. There is no word on if the cable and telephone services will still be offered.

“Arialink has built a great business by extending their fiber-based Ethernet network to key businesses and government agencies in Michigan,” said Glenn Russo, executive vice president of Zayo Group said in a press release. “We have worked with Arialink for some time and adding their reach to Zayo’s national network will allow us to offer a broader range of solutions to our collective customers.”

The venture will improve connectivity for customers in the Ann Arbor and Lansing areas with people from around the country. It will make services like gaming and video conferencing quicker and more accessible, especially in rural areas.

Though the takeover is mostly beneficial to Michigan residents, there is one major problem. Arialink provides jobs for about 50 people in downtown Lansing. With the acquisition, there may be jobs that are redundant with Zayo Group. Russo told The Lansing State Journal that there is confirmation on which jobs will be eliminated at the time of reporting.

The acquisition should be complete in the second quarter. Since 2006, Zayo Group acquired 20 companies and continues to expand its empire.

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ABB 2011 annual report is available

By admin, March 16, 2012 5:56 am

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ABB Ltd has published its 2011 annual report and filed its annual report on Form 20-F with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Shareholders may request a hard copy of the report free of charge through ABB’s Internet pages at abb.com/investorcenter (>Reports and publications>Annual reports). The hard copy will be distributed in early April.

ABB (abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. justin-bieber-news.info was not arrested during the search of his home, but his friend and personal manager Xavier Domonique Smith was charged with felony drug possession.. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

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Lapp Group shows strong growth

By admin, March 2, 2012 7:34 am

Friday, Mar 02, 2012

The Stuttgart-based Lapp Group reported a very positive growth in turnover in the financial year 2010/2011 (1. October to 30. September). The leading supplier of integrated solutions and branded products for cabling and connection technology has thereby further consolidated and strategically expanded its worldwide market position. The consolidated turnover rose by 34% to around €847 million (previous year €633 million). “This has been a very successful financial year for the Lapp Group. We have been able to close the gap with the record turnovers of the years before the crisis”, reports Andreas Lapp, chairman of the board of Lapp Holding AG.

Contributing to this growth above all has been the strong upturn in the world economy, the significant positioning of the Lapp Group in its core markets such as mechanical- and systems engineering and the presence of the Lapp Group in the Asian growth markets.

The real turnover growth was 27%. 7 percent of this can be attributed to the sharp rises in copper prices. online casino nbso . The number of employees increased from 2,800 to 3,000 worldwide. Pre-tax profits rose from €45.7 million to €68.2 million.

Positive development in the regions                                  

The Lapp Group is divided into three regions: Europe, Asia and America. Please note: Europe, for Lapp, not only includes geographical Europe but also covers South America, Africa and the United Arab Emirates. North America includes the USA, Canada and Mexico while Asia covers Australia and New Zealand.

With 73% of the group turnover, Europe continues to be the core market for the Lapp Group. The percentage growth was approximately 30%. In total the group achieved €620 million in this region (previous year €480 million). The strongest single market was Germany, which achieved a turnover of €308 million, thereby representing around 36% of the total turnover. This corresponds to a 33% rise. In Germany alone the Lapp Group employed more than 1,000 people, 80 more than in the previous year.

The second most important sales region with 18% of total turnover is Asia. Here, the Lapp Group profited from the enormous economic growth of the Asian countries and the improved positioning of the company in these markets. The turnover was €153 million which corresponds to a rise of 61%.

The turnover in North America has been equally positive but less dynamic. In this region (USA, Canada, Mexico), turnover was €73 million (previous year €58 million). This is an increase of 27% percent.

Improved earnings and financial situation

Contributing factors to the €68.2 million pre-tax profit (previous year €45.7 million) have been growth in turnover along with Lapp Group’s efficient cost structure. Increased order volumes saw the Lapp Group increasing production capacities and number of employees throughout the financial year 2010/2011. Nevertheless, thanks to some structural adjustments, personnel and material costs in relation to the turnover were reduced from 36 to 31%. The absolute height of these costs rose from €227 million to €262 million. The significant fluctuation in the copper price throughout the financial year also had a major effect on turnover. In the annual average the DEL quotation (abbreviation for German electrolyte copper quotation for conductors/exchange-traded price of copper) was 667 Euro per 100 kilograms, around 25% higher than in the previous financial year. The equity ratio of the family company was 50% (previous year 48%). Net banking debts were fully discharged and as in the previous year, the company has notable bank deposits. “The Lapp Group is a company in good shape. Our equity ratio of around 50% is significantly higher than the average ratio of around 30% of the DAX-30 listed companies”, says Dr Uwe Schwellbach, responsible for finance and controlling.

The Lapp Group in figures

 

 

GJ 2009/2010

GJ 2010/2011

Change

Total turnover in million euros

633

847

            + 34%

Pre-tax profits in million euros

45,7

68,2

            + 49%

Employees worldwide

2.800

          3.000

              + 200

Equity ratio in %

48%

50%

+ 2%

Increase in investments

The Stuttgart-based Lapp Group is on course for further growth. The company’s investments of €21 million in the last financial year are nearly double those of the previous year (€12 million). “We want to make sure we can meet the increased demand and further strengthen our innovative capacity” explains Andreas Lapp. The focus of the investment has been in the area of production facilities.Investments in financial year 2010/11:

-          At the Diessenhofen site in Switzerland, the production capacities in injection moulding technology have been doubled for around €5 million. The new extension was opened in early 2011.

-          In Indonesia in the early summer of 2011 the new joint venture company, JJ-Lapp Cable SMI, began production. The previous activities of JJ-Lapp Cable Indonesia and PT Sinarmonas have been combined in the new company. The location is the production site of PT Sinarmonas. JJ-Lapp Kabel has a 70% share in Sinarmonas.

-          Investment has also been made into existing production facilities. Contact GmbH for instance gained a new machining centre while a highly dynamic drag chain system was commissioned in the Stuttgart test centre along with a modern stranding machine in the Stuttgart cable factory. Capacity was also expanded in the Lapp Cable factory in the USA.

Investments in financial year 2011/12:

-          The new company Coelco-Lapp Romania was founded a few weeks ago in Rumania. The company had previously been a long time sales partner.

-          In early summer of 2012 a new 30,000 square metre, ultra-modern logistics and service centre with 30 HGV loading ramps was opened in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The total investment amounts to around € 36 million.

-          This summer a second Lapp production facility goes into operation in Bhopal in India. The site covers 30 hectares. With three production buildings it will be the Lapp Group’s largest production facility. Initially, around 100 employees will be working in Bhopal, rising to 400 at a later date. The total investment in the first phase is €7.5 million.

Numerous innovations

The Lapp Group has further expanded its position in the area of renewable energies and set standards with innovations, for example in mechanical and systems engineering. The most important innovations have been:

-          The brand new LAPP HELIX for the area of e-Mobility. This is a “snail-design” charging cable. It offers significant savings in terms of space, weight, materials and costs.

-          For traditional mechanical and systems engineering, the new engine cable ÖLFLEX® SERVO FD 796 CP was developed. In e-chains, the premium cable copes with up to 50m/s² acceleration. This corresponds to 5 times the acceleration of gravity.

Outstanding application examples

-          Lapp is key supplier to the Heidenheim world market leader Voith for the Paper division. The world’s largest fine paper machine, which has been installed on the Chinese island of Hainan for the paper manufacturer Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), is fitted with Lapp branded products. When installing the paper machine on-site, primarily ÖLFLEX® CLASSIC power and control cables were fitted.

-          The Ziemann Group appointed Lapp to supply all underground cabling (42 tonnes of cable) for the building of a new brewery in Cambodia. 

-          After the devastating oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, safety and environmental protection have become critical issues for the oil and gas industry. Lapp produced a 900 m long special cable for the cabling of safety valves for an oil pipeline off the Egyptian cost of the Mediterranean.

-          Lapp supplied all the cabling for a new internal raw materials mixer for tyre manufacturer Continental.

-          The new stage-installation of the recently reopened Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow contains numerous e-chains and many kilometres of cable from Lapp Kabel. This was an order from Bosch Rexroth AB, who installed the stage equipment

Outlook for the current financial year 2011/2012

Despite the uneven performance of the world economy, the Lapp Group started the new financial year 2011/2012 with slight growth. In the first four months, sales increases compared to the strong months in the previous year were 4%. This performance is also due to the reduced copper price which is now around €100 per 100 kilos lower than last year. Andreas Lapp: “Despite the Euro crisis we continue to expect a stable turnover performance.” The company sees particularly high growth opportunities in Asia. Andreas Lapp: “There will always be markets with strong growth. We will also be present in these markets. This will secure jobs here in Germany and around the world.” Overall around 200 new jobs have been created around the world in the current financial year. There is also a focus on the qualification and development of current Lapp employees through targeted development programmes, education and training.

Source: LAPPGROUP

Draka (Prysmian Group) to supply hi-tech elevator cables for the rebuilding of New York City’s World Trade Center

By admin, February 23, 2012 3:38 pm

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012

Milan, 23 February 2012 – Draka Elevator, a brand of the Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, has been selected to provide custom designed elevator cables and accessories by two major global OEM elevator companies that are performing the rebuilding of the prestigious World Trade Center complex in New York City. Buildings 1 and 4 are now underway.

The contracts entail supplying assorted hoistway cables, standard wireway conduit and accessories, special custom designed wireway conduit and special wire junction/terminal boxes for more than 100 elevators due to be installed.

One World Trade Center will reach a height of 1776 feet. Draka Elevator’s cables will be used to provide power for elevator buttons, communications devices, emergency safety and more.  Some of the hoistway cables include fibre optic sub-units, which are used for high-speed communications throughout the World Trade Center complex. The cables and wireway products are being manufactured at Draka Elevator’s Rocky Mount plant in North Carolina.

Draka is also providing its Extended Factory Model (EFM) programme as a value-added service, storing a variety of components and materials in a Distribution Centre that delivers just-in-time all the materials to the customer, for incorporation into their own equipment and shipment to the jobsite.

“We are very proud of being part of such an important project. This collaboration demonstrates once more the quality and state-of-the-art of our products”, stated Sterrett Lloyd, Elevators Business Director.

This high profile project confirms Draka’s leadership in offering quality elevator products and extensive inventory through its global manufacturing, supported by the necessary expertise to ensure optimal elevator operation.

Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With sales of some €7 billion (pro-forma 2010 Prysmian/Draka) and 22,000 employees across 50 countries and 98 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and provides the widest range of products, services, technologies and know-how. In the Energy sector, Prysmian Group operates in the business of underground and submarine power transmission cables and systems, special cables for applications in many different industrial sectors and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure industry. In the Telecom sector, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for the voice, video and data transmission industry, producing optical fibres, optical cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in the Blue Chip index.

Source: Prysmian Group

Prysmian secures the highest value cable project ever awarded, worth EUR800 million

By admin, February 16, 2012 12:43 pm

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012

Milan, February 16, 2012. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, has been awarded a record contract worth approximately 800 million Euro, the highest value ever awarded in the cable business, for the development of Western HVDC Link, a new submarine High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector between Scotland and England. The whole turnkey project will be executed by a consortium of Prysmian and Siemens who will be responsible for the HVDC converter stations. 2) If you have an encrypted hard best-data-recovery.com (less than 1% of all hard drives we’ve received) there is an extra $100 fee if successfully recovered..

Total value of the contract awarded to the Consortium by NGET/SPT Upgrades Ltd, a JV set up by the system operator National Grid Electricity Transmission and its Scottish counterpart Scottish Power Transmission, is around 1.1 billion Euro. Commissioning is scheduled by late 2015.

The Western HVDC Link interconnection is strategic for the upgrade of the entire British transmission grid, as the UK is heading towards a low carbon economy with a massive utilization of power from renewable sources.

The project represents a milestone not only for its value but also in terms of technological features, setting new industry records. The interconnection, designed as a low loss High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system, will operate at the record voltage level of 600 kV, the highest ever reached by an insulated cable (to date the record is 500 kV) with a rating of 2200 MW – both currently unmatched for long-haul systems. The main purpose of the cable link is to connect renewable generation sources in Scotland to the consumption centers in England, although it also allows bi-directional flow of power. The choice of a submarine cable link versus a land interconnection offers remarkable benefits in terms of project approval and execution time.

“This milestone reconfirms our undisputed prominent role in the submarine cables sector – states Fabio Romeo Executive Vice President Energy Business – both in terms of market share and track record and in terms of know-how and innovation capabilities. In addition, I would also like to highlight our ever-increasing commitment to the renewable energies sector, with a wide range of high-end products and technologies available to support the development of greener and smarter power grids”.

The project requires full turnkey provision of an HVDC link (design, manufacture, installation, testing and commissioning) and considers a bi-pole of cables using PPL (Paper Polypropylene Laminate) insulation, with enhanced electrical and thermal performance. Prysmian has been a forerunner in bringing on the market Mass Impregnated PPL cables an innovative material technology that allows reaching higher voltage classes, reduced cables dimensions for equivalent transmission capacity and optimized power losses. The undisputed expertise in the field of MI PPL cables represented a key success factor for Prysmian in winning the award.

With a route length in excess of 400 km the link includes a short land section in Scotland and a significant land portion in England-Wales; the submarine part will be installed in the Irish Sea. Offshore installation will be performed by Prysmian’s own cable ship Giulio Verne.

Prysmian has been taking part in the development of some of the most strategic submarine power interconnections worldwide, supporting the global upgrade of power grids for a better use of available resources with its state-of-the-art cable technology. In particular, the Group is currently involved, in the USA, in the execution of the Hudson Transmission Project which will bring clean power to about 600,000 new homes in Manhattan, New York, and has commissioned the Transbay Cable Project in San Francisco. In Europe, Prysmian is playing a key role in the development of power connections for offshore wind farms, with projects either completed or ongoing in Denmark, Holland, UK and in Germany. In particular, Prysmian can boast its valuable contribution within the most important programme for the development of renewable energies in Europe launched by the German government, with multiple contracts for offshore HVDC grid connection awarded over the last 18 months, namely BorWin2, HelWin1, Helwin2 and SylWin1.

The Group is also strongly committed to the promotion of largest scale initiatives like “Friends of the Supergrid”, for the development of a new concept of Pan-European power grid, and Medgrid for the future submarine grid to bring renewable energy from Northern Africa to Europe.

Source: Prysmian

Prysmian Group to unveil new xsNet portfolio at FTTH Council Europe Conference – Munich

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zColo Extends Data Center Footprint by Opening a New Downtown Chicago Facility

By admin, January 23, 2012 9:28 am

zColo, a subsidiary of Louisville, Colo., based Zayo Group (News – Alert), recently announced another addition to its nationwide colocation portfolio. The company reported the opening of a downtown Chicago colocation center, zColo’s 13th colocation facility in the US.

Through this new carrier neutral colocation facility, the company plans to provide downtown connectivity option to customers in the media and financial sectors as well as others requiring Internet content.

The new data center signifies the Zayo Group’s market sensibility, as the company clearly seeks to capitalize on the current market trend that predicts a 50 percent surge in demand for data center services in Chicago in the upcoming years. The company also plans to partner with other carriers in the Chicago area to support this demand, president of zColo Chris Morley revealed in a press release.

Zayo Group is a national provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and interconnection services. The new zColo facility is going to leverage Zayo’s bandwidth infrastructure, including its metro fiber network in Chicago as well its 44,000-mile national network.

The facility is going to offer 8,500 sellable square feet and support up to 200 watts per square foot for high-power density applications. Services are anticipated to be available by the end of Q2 2012.

Earlier this month, zColo announced its acquisition of MarquisNet. This expanded the company’s data center portfolio with the addition of a 28 thousand square foot Las Vegas data center facility.

Few months back zColo announced its support of PCCW (News – Alert) Global’s expanded Point-of-Presence (PoP) at its 111 Eighth Avenue colocation facility in New York City. PCCW Global is a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider PCCW Limited. The new  PoP enabled data center customers to take advantage of PCCW Global’s (News – Alert) fully meshed suite of products and services including video, IP, transmission and voice solutions.

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Edited by Jennifer Russell