Survey reveals optimistic future for network operators

New research commissioned by the European Union (EU) underscores the importance of micro fluidics and silicon photonics for remote fibre management, the company said.

New fibre optic switching technologies could potentially automate manual processes and reduce energy costs across telecommunications, according to the study.

The number of connected devices per person globally is expected to nearly double in five years1. As networks add more bandwidth, the number of optical fibre connections is growing significantly2. The rise of social platforms, rapid growth in cloud computing and sensors for the Internet of Things are driving the need for more connections that are faster.

To keep up with increased demands for fibre optic switching technology, CommScope and its consortium of industrial, research and academic partners launched SwIFT (optical Switch combining Integrated photonics and Fluidics Technologies), a project of the EU´s 7th Framework Programme for Information and Communications Technology ICT (FP7). The aim was to develop a low cost solution for automatic and remote fibre management. The EU granted 1.85 million euros to fund this project.

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