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Silicon Photonics

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"It's a bit like working with your wife; it has its ups and downs."

Siraj ElAhmadi, CEO of Menara Networks, on what it is like working with his brother, Salam, who is the company's CTO.


Titbits and tweets you may have missed

  • ENISA has published a comprehensive report entitled Cloud Computing: Benefits, risks and recommendations for information security. The 125-page report can be downloaded from the ENISA site, click here.
  • There is also a SecureCloud 2010 conference coming up in March involving ENISA and the Cloud Security Alliance, click here for details.

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The art of market analysis

Guest Blog

Bob Larribeau, a telecom industry analyst and technology consultant since 1992 has just retired. gazettabyte asked him to reflect on what it takes to be a good market research analyst.


"Most companies provide good numbers but some, quite frankly, are hard to believe."

Bob Larribeau




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Video compression: Tackling at source traffic growth

Streamed video services are placing significant demands on network infrastructure.

The issue is the same whether it is IPTV services and over-the-top video sent over fixed networks, or video transmitted over 3G wireless networks or even video distributed within the home.

According to Cisco Systems, video traffic will only become more important becoming the dominant data traffic by 2013. Any technology that trims the capacity needed for video streams is thus to be welcomed.

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Digital Home: Services, networking technologies and challenges facing operators

Source: Microsoft

The growth of internet-enabled devices and a maturing of networking technologies indicate the digital home is entering a new phase. But while operators believe the home offers important new service and revenue opportunities, considerable challenges remain. Operators are thus proceeding cautiously. 

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Mind maps

I have added a mind map summarising the photonic integration feature

To download the full mind map in .pdf form, click here.


Active optical cable: market drivers

Behind the numbers

CIR’s report key findings

The global market for active optical cable (AOC) is forecast to grow to US $1.5bn by 2014, with the linking of datacenter equipment being the largest single market valued at $835m.  Other markets for the cabling technology include digital signage, PC interconnect and home theatre.

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Lightwave magazine guest blog

Guest blog

Is photonic integration market disruptive? Click here.