Microsoft buys hollowcore fibre firm Lumenisity

Created December 11, 2022
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Microsoft has announced it’s acquisition of Lumenisity® Limited, the Southampton University spin-off which developed hollow core fibre (HCF). Lumenisity’s NANF and DNANF cables won successive ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards in 2021 and 2022 respectively, for demonstrating the lowest attenuation achieved of any hollowcore fibre and over a broader range of operating wavelengths.

The announcement follows the completion of Lumenisity’s 40,000-square-foot HCF manufacturing facility in Romsey, U.K., which the company says will enable it to scale up production of its HCF technology in the future.

“HCF can provide benefits across a broad range of industries including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail and government,” Girish Bablani, CVP of Microsoft’s Azure Core business, wrote in a blog post. “For the public sector, HCF could provide enhanced security and intrusion detection for federal and local governments across the globe. In healthcare, because HCF can accommodate the size and volume of large data sets, it could help accelerate medical image retrieval, facilitating providers’ ability to ingest, persist and share medical imaging data in the cloud. And with the rise of the digital economy, HCF could help international financial institutions seeking fast, secure transactions across a broad geographic region.”

The likelihood is that Microsoft will be using Lumenisity’s hollowcore fibre to connect it’s ever-expanding network of data centres, in the light of Bablani’s comments.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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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.