YOFC and China Mobile debut world’s first 800G hollow-core fibre transmission network

Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company (YOFC), in collaboration with China Mobile, recently unveiled the world’s first 800G hollow-core fibre transmission test network in Shenzhen-Dongguan, Guangdong.

The development is a significant milestone in the evolution of telecommunications infrastructure, pushing the boundaries of traditional fibre optic technology.

YOFC’s participation in the test network featured a comprehensive suite of solutions specifically designed for hollow-core fibre optics, encompassing the provision of cables, essential splicing services, and adapters for integration with single-mode fibres. The project successfully navigated several technical challenges common in complex installations. The challenges involved mitigating environmental risks and ensuring robust infrastructure during fibre laying and splicing operations—addressing pipe flooding, managing excessive humidity, and conducting precise splicing in outdoor environments. These efforts were crucial in enabling a detailed evaluation of the fibre’s performance under real operational conditions.

Key performance metrics achieved on a 20km test link—such as splice losses between hollow-core fibres, connections from hollow-core to solid-core fibres, and attenuation post-installation—were benchmarked against leading global standards. Moreover, the deployment featured an 800Gbps single-wavelength optical transmission setup, achieving a bidirectional long-distance transmission test with a throughput of 128Tb/s over hollow-core fibres. This not only demonstrated the practical application of such fibres in intricate and demanding network environments but also served as a critical proof-of-concept for the scalability and industrial applicability of hollow-core fibre technologies.

New technological heights are being achieved across the sector, driven by the ongoing advancements in artificial intelligence. Hollow-core fibre, utilizing an innovative air-guiding mechanism, surpasses the performance constraints associated with traditional solid-core fibres in both capacity and latency. The technology offers marked improvements in data transport infrastructures such as internet backbones and data centers, and is expected to continue meeting the growing demands for data transmission for the next 20 years and beyond.

YOFC plans to advance the development and manufacturing of next-generation hollow-core fibre technologies. Working with industry allies, YOFC seeks to foster innovation, fast-track the commercialization of new fibres, and boost optical network performance, establishing a solid foundation for the fibre infrastructure essential for a smarter world.

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Intracom Telecom announces new CCO appointment

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Google Cloud, IOH bolster alliance with AI

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) expanded its partnership with Google Cloud to develop AI solutions for enterprises and consumers, a move for the Indonesian operator to diversify its paths to growth.

IOH has partnered with Google Cloud since 2021 and said in a statement this expansion said this expansion positions it as an “AI-native TechCo.”

The operator will tap into Google Cloud’s unified AI stack to develop such solutions that it claims will be “enterprise-grade” AI and Gen AI based.

IOH said by using “AI agents” and applications in communication services will enable it to better manage customer data privacy, and recognise patterns in data to unlock new revenue streams and efficiencies.

Under this renewed partnership, Google Cloud and IOH will focus on creating AI and Gen AI solutions that address opportunities in customer service modernisation, content generation and hyper personalisation, geospatial analytics and predictive modelling, augmented network and IT operations, and back office transformation.

Vikram Sinha, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison President Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “As Indonesia steps into the digital era, we remain committed to Indosat’s larger purpose of empowering Indonesia by providing businesses and individuals with the essential tools and technologies needed for success.

“Our collaboration with Google Cloud is not just a pivotal milestone for Indosat, but also a significant stride in our mission to transform into an AI Native TechCo. Together, we will harness the full potential of cloud and AI to drive innovation, create new opportunities, and propel Indonesia’s digital economy forward. »

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The 5G Standalone Revolution Has Officially Begun

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Anil Kollipara, Vice President of Product Management at Spirent Communications

Check the numbers, and 5G network adoption looks to be absolutely humming. According to GSMA Intelligence, there were 1.6 billion 5G connections worldwide by the end of 2023. All told, more than 261 operators offered commercial 5G services as of February 2024, representing the fastest new network generation rollout ever. Of course, Telecom Ramblings readers know that those figures need an asterisk. … [visit site to read more]

Dialog Axiata launches 4G-powered vehicle tracking service

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Globe Telecom taps Nokia for FWA upgrade

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MTN South Africa and Huawei sign MoU for strategic cooperation on Net5.5G

MTN South Africa and Huawei co-hosted the IP Day Summit themed « Net5.5G Network Development.”

The summit brought together top experts from MTN’s network planning and Huawei’s data communications teams. They discussed global network construction concepts, latest innovative technologies, and business insights in the IP field, aiming to further improve MTN’s network resilience and service experience.

At the summit, MTN and Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for strategic cooperation on Net5.5G. Through this MoU, they will jointly promote the large-scale application of key capabilities of Net5.5G, such as 400GE, SRv6, slicing, and the Network Digital Map, to continuously improve MTN’s service experience and network availability in the mobile and B2B fields, and improve its O&M efficiency.

Rami Farah, CTO of MTN SA, said that innovation is important for MTN and forms a key pillar in MTN network strategy.

Zoltan Miklos, General Manager of Access Planning and Architecture, MTN SA, said that healthy and stable networks have long been the focus of MTN. He pointed out that the application of SRv6 and Network Digital Map has helped MTN build an IP transport network with optimal experience. He also noted that in the cloud and 5G era, MTN still faces a range of challenges in terms of service and network operations, security, reliability, and other areas, and that MTN looks forward to deepening cooperation with Huawei.

Feng Su, President of Huawei’s IP Marketing and Solution Sales Dept., emphasised that Net5.5G is the future of IP networks and that Huawei has made long-term investments in ultra-broadband products, network servitisation, network intelligence, and more. He added that Huawei looks forward to helping MTN build a leading IP transport network featuring ultra-broadband, high reliability, and ultimate experience so as to help MTN achieve greater business success.

Xu Huan, Vice President of Metro Router Domain of Huawei’s Data Communication Product Line, said Huawei will work with MTN to accelerate the commercial use of the next-generation IP transport network under the guidance of the Net5.5G target network.

According to the MoU, MTN and Huawei will continue to define the Net5.5G target network and support the sustainable development of MTN’s mobile, enterprise, and home broadband services. The cooperation between MTN and Huawei will set a good example in the region, accelerate the implementation of new technologies and applications, and drive the sustainable development of regional carriers.

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