The market for fiber optics declined 1 percent in 2014, but there were still a few winners. ZTE and Infinera had the highest levels of revenue growth, while Ciena and Cisco each managed more moderate growth.
A team of geoscientists and engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is working with industry partners and the U.S. Department of Energy to figure out how to use fiber optics to monitor geothermal wells. The fiber helps to gather critical seismic and temperature data.
A team at University College of London has figured out how signals interact with each other while traveling over fiber-optic cables. The discovery allowed them to use the 16 QAM super channel to undo and then get rid of distortion and, in the process, double transmission speeds of transoceanic fiber.
Albany-based IntegraOptics expects to increase the size of its staff from 50 to 60 by the end of the year. The company also anticipates revenue growth of 35 percent and said it will open offices in three new countries.
After Spain took anti-trust action to open up the country’s networks, Telefonica -- which has 85 percent of Spain’s fiber optic networks -- has decided to reduce the number of homes that it plans to hook up by 35 percent.