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Summer updates

Health update The main event in the treatment of my Myeloma is now completed, with high dose chemotherapy followed by my stem cell transplant carried out at St. James Hospital in Leeds at the...

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Is optical networking a commodity item?

This is a question that struck me as I dashed around the exhibition hall at ECOC in London, between meetings and technical presentations. I paused at one of the many Chinese exhibitors offering “good...

Seattle – week 2!

As promised (apart from being a little late) here’s an update on what’s going on in the International Standards body for “customer premises cabling”. This group goes under the snappy little title of ISO/IEC...

IEC GM 2010

This year’s General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the largest ever. Of course, being held in America, it just had to be bigger than anything that anyone else had done. There...

What happens after 100G?

A recurrent theme throughout many of the technical presentations at ECOC was “what happens after 100G”. Different aspects of this theme were addressed in a variety of symposia, workshops and technical sessions. It certainly...

From credit crunch to capacity crunch?

Well here I am in Turin in Northern Italy for this year’s ECOC. On Sunday there was a series of workshops covering topical areas. I attended the morning session on Distributed Sensing Measurements, as...

ECOC 2010

This year’s European Conference on Optical Communications will be held in Turin, Italy in September www.ecoc2010.org. The conference is one of the world’s major technical conferences where the latest developments in Optical Communications are...

Explaining water shortages to Saudis

On a recent training course with some delegates from Saudi Arabia, we were inevitably discussing the weather. The delegates were pleased to be escaping the 52 degrees Celsius temperatures of Riyadh and didn’t mind...