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News Briefs (March 01, 2000)

Optical Fiber Created in U.K.An innovative optical fiber that guides the light through a central hole, has been created by a team of scientists at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Accordi...

March 1, 2000  

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Optical Fiber Created in U.K.

An innovative optical fiber that guides the light through a central hole, has been created by a team of scientists at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. According to a report from LPS, London, the new fiber technology could be the basis of the world’s first multi-kilowatt single-mode fiber.

The trouble previously facing research teams in this area has been that the amount of raw laser power a solid optical fiber can carry is limited by breakdown in glass; at high power, it cannot cope with the intense fields and is torn apart. The Bath team is said to have recitified this by developing unique optical fibers that have a large hole in the middle to permit the transmission of larger amounts of energy.

Information Highway.Com Announces VoIP Service

Vancouver-based ISP, Information, Inc., has announced the completion of its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) analog program. The program will allow the company to begin production on its rollout program in Canada utilizing AT&T’s fiber optic backbone.

The company will offer basic and enhanced voice services over the Internet, including voice enhanced web commerce and interactive multimedia communications.

Book Covers Telcom Industry

Staying current in the telecom arena is no easy feat, but a new book — The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Second Edition — can help.

Authored by professor and consultant Annabel Z. Dodd, this second edition comes not quite two years after her first publication; this short timeline was intended to keep readers up-to-date on this rapidly changing industry.

The book tackles telecom fundamentals, makes sense of the terminology, discusses critical industry issues and covers the technology — from the basics to leading-edge, sophisticated systems.

The 350-page illustrated book is published by Prentice-Hall and has a pricetag of US$34.99.

Anixter Offers Network Performance Guide

A free Network Performance Guide, designed to help systems managers and installers ensure network efficiency and prevent slowtime, is now available from Anixter, Skokie, IL.

Partially based on the product testing and analyses performed in the Anixter Levels lab, the guide reviews potential problems related to the compatibility, installation and quality of the components in network channels.

The guide can be ordered online at or by calling 1-888-269-4736.

Sprint Launches Transparent Lan Service

Sprint Canada Inc., Toronto, has launched a Transparent LAN Service, which it says will offer customers high-speed, reliable and affordable data transmission between their geographically separated LANs.

The service will be available within, and between, major metropolitan locations across Canada. The company says it will benefit customers who have multiple business locations and require high-speed connectivity to transmit large documents, files, databases and multimedia applications.

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