In this issue, we’re taking a deep dive into optical networking technologies as we talk to Lumenisity’s VP, Marketing and Sales, Tony Pearson, about the company’s hollow core cable, which has the potential to massively increase transmission speeds. Lumentum’s CTO office’s David Lewis, takes an in-depth look at the connectivity challenges operators face when designing 5G fronthaul to handle the expected high throughput that the technology will require. We also talk to Nokia’s marketing chief Nick Cadwgan about the transformational changes taking place in both the mobile networking layer across the radio access network and the mobile transport core.
Veteran journalist John Williamson examines the numerous attractions for optical network operators and service providers offered by Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) and regular contributor Antony Savvas looks at the challenges faced by network operators when considering which aspects of network management can easily be automated. Meanwhile, at the customer end of the network, we talk to Emtelle and InCoax about two possible alternatives for easing the pain of providing fibre broadband services to customers living in Multiple Dwelling Units (MDUs). All this, plus the usual news and product features are included in this bumper edition.