VodafoneZiggo tests EFFECT Photonics’ SOCs for 5G connectivity

Created June 21, 2022
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Dutch mobile operator VodafoneZiggo, has successfully tested EFFECT Photonics’ photonic system-on-chips (SoCs) to bring 5G connectivity. Based on Indium Phosphide technology, EFFECT’s SoC technology and tuneable SFP+ modules, were first tested in the 5G Hub in the High Tech Campus at Eindhoven and now in the field on a live VodafoneZiggo network.

EFFECT says the successful results of both trials demonstrate how photonics can be utilised to improve network performance, capacity and efficiency, while requiring significantly less energy. The telecom link involved, services a 10 Gbps 40km backhaul DWDM connection between the cities of Breda and Etten-Leur, in the southwest of the Netherlands. It is expected the technology will bring improvements in in terms of cost savings, performance and network service quality.

“Using EFFECT Photonics’ tuneable SFP+ modules in DWDM networks can have an enormous impact in ease of deployment and saving costs,” said Jan-Willem Winters, technical manager, VodafoneZiggo. “During the setup and installation of the technology, we immediately noticed that the NarroWave automatic tuning feature is a game-changer for upgrading networks in a timely and efficient manner. If we multiply this time-saving with the number of lanes per DWDM link and the number of links used in the Netherlands, the technology choice becomes simple”

“We are delighted to partner with VodafoneZiggo to help bring 5G connectivity to the Netherlands,” said Joost Verberk, director of Product Management at EFFECT Photonics. “The recent successful testing of EFFECT Photonics’ SoC on a live mobile network further demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved with photonics technology and how easily and cost-effectively network capacity can be upgraded.”

For more information, visit www.effectphotonics.com


This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.