Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fiber Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time

SoCalGas Breaks Ground on Innovative Fiber Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time
Early warning sensors will help prevent pipeline damage from unauthorized construction work and detect leaks.

Dec 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has broken ground on a first-of-its kind, fiber optic cable installation that will allow the company to monitor the condition of its high-pressure transmission pipelines in real-time. The fiber optic technology is being installed along a new, seven-mile section of natural gas pipeline in Bakersfield, California and will serve as an early warning system to detect unauthorized construction work that could damage the pipeline and changes in pressure in the line that could indicate a leak. Photos of the technology from today's installation are available here.

"SoCalGas is committed to modernizing our infrastructure to enhance safety for our customers and reduce our carbon footprint," said Deanna Haines, director of gas engineering for SoCalGas. "This technology provides our engineers with a critical early warning system that can prevent damage to our lines and help us mitigate leaks more quickly."

"Having real-time information on the status of high-pressure pipelines is critical in the early detection of a potential problem," said Brian Marshall, Kern County Fire Chief. "Firefighters will be able to respond quickly to an emergency and work with SoCal Gas to stop the problem from escalating."

The technology uses fiber optic cables that run along a pipeline and that transmit data across long distances. The system operates on the principle that light signals vary when a fiber optic cable is exposed to vibration, stress, or abnormal changes in temperature – all indicators of a possible natural gas leak or an impact to a natural gas line. The fiber optic system can pinpoint within 20 feet where a potential problem may be developing.

When a threat is detected, information is sent along the fiber cable to a remote monitoring station within seconds, where operators interpret signal changes to determine the source of potential intrusions including, heavy equipment operation, unexpected earth movement, or other physical impacts like structural stress from broken water mains.

Access to continuous, real-time measurements and area-specific data can give SoCalGas crews and first responders more time to plan, allocate resources, and take effective actions to mitigate potential leaks and damage to pipelines.

SoCalGas is one of the first natural gas utilities in the country to use the technology in natural gas transmission and high-pressure pipeline system operations. The company plans to install fiber optic cable along all new and replacement pipeline segments 12 inches and greater in diameter and one-mile long.

Incorporating fiber optics into its transmission pipeline and distribution systems is part of SoCalGas' commitment to upgrading and modernizing its more than 101,000 miles of natural gas pipelines in order to provide customers with the safe, reliable, and affordable energy they deserve.

About SoCalGas
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, providing clean, safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service to 21.7 million customers in Central and Southern California. Its service territory spans 22,000 square miles from Fresno to the Mexican border, reaching more than 550 communities through 5.9 million meters and 101,000 miles of pipeline. More than 90 percent of Southern California single-family home residents use natural gas for home heat and hot water. In addition, natural gas plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians—about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants. 

SoCalGas has served communities in California for 150 years and is committed to being a leader in the region's clean energy future. The company has committed to spending $6 billion over the next five years to modernize and upgrade its gas infrastructure, while also reducing methane emissions. SoCalGas is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative fuel created by capturing and conditioning greenhouse gas emissions from farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.

About Southern California Gas Co.: Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 145 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

North America Outside Plant Fiber Optic Installation Apparatus Market Forecast (2017-2027)

Study Release:                     December 4, 2017

PDF File:                               125 pages  – PDF

Excel File:                              Market Forecast Database

PowerPoint File:                 Summary Data Figures

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Market Research Study – Consultant Services: Description

This report provides estimates and forecasts, based on market research study work performed by ElectroniCast Consultants.

This report on our market study provides a comprehensive market forecast of the North America regional consumption of selected products, which are used in outside plant fiber optic installation apparatus (FOIA). Profiles of selected vendors of products for fiber optic installation apparatus are also provided, as well as our estimates of the 2017 market share for leading vendors.

The 2017-2027 market forecast data presented in this study report are segmented into the following geographic sections, plus a (total) North America summary:

·        The North American Region

o       United States of America (USA)

o       Rest of North America (Canada and Mexico – Combined)

The forecast for each product-level is presented by function:

  • Consumption Value ($, Million)
  • Number of Units (Quantity in 1,000)
  • Average Selling Prices ($, each)

Also, the ElectroniCast fiber optic installation apparatus products market forecast data are built up from specific application, as shown below, as well as from selected product-type segments.

  • Telecommunications/Multimedia                                                                        
  • Private Data Networks
  • Cable TV/Multimedia                                                                                                                                                                       
Product Category List              Service providers that provide landline telephony are considered in the Telecommunications category, even if they also provide Internet, Cable TV, as well as mobile/cell phone service; service providers that offer mobile/cell phone service (only) are considered in the Telecommunications application category.  Service providers that provide Cable TV and/or Internet and (plus) mobile/cell phone service are considered in the Cable TV/Multimedia application category. Companies that provide Internet (only) are considered in the Cable TV/Multimedia category.

Outside Plant – Forecast Data Base Structure
Fiber Optic Installation Apparatus – Product Category List

Outside Plant                                               
Cable Splice Closure                                 
Aerial Mount                       
<12 Fibers           
12-<96 Fibers           
>96-216 Fibers           
>216 Fibers           
Pole/Wall/Pedestal Mount           
<12 Fibers           
12-<96 Fibers           
>96-216 Fibers           
>216 Fibers
Tunnel/Duct & Direct Buried           
<12 Fibers           
12-<96 Fibers           
>96-216 Fibers           
>216 Fibers
Cable & Fiber Management                       
Above Ground
                        4 Ports or Less
>4 Ports           
Below Grade
                        4 or Ports or Less
>4 Ports           

Dark Fiber: Using Sensors Beneath Our Feet to Tell Us About Earthquakes, Water, and Other Geophysical Phenomenon

December 5th, 2017
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown for the first time that dark fiber – the vast network of unused fiber-optic cables installed throughout the country and the world – can be used as sensors for detecting earthquakes, the presence of groundwater, changes in permafrost conditions, and a variety of other subsurface activity.

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Dark Fiber: Using Sensors Beneath Our Feet to Tell Us About Earthquakes, Water, and Other Geophysical Phenomenon

Miniature fibre optic probe for minimally invasive photoacoustic sensing

Mathews, SJ; Zhang, EZ; Desjardins, AE; Beard, PC; (2016) Miniature fibre optic probe for minimally invasive photoacoustic sensing. Presented at: Conference on Photons Plus Ultrasound - Imaging and Sensing, San Francisco, CA.

More Information at the following Link: DOI:             10.1117/12.2211661

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Spanish Service Provider Aire Networks

Embraces New Ekinops FlexRate Solution

Reduces size, power needs, and cost of 100G/200G transport

PARIS, December 5, 2017 – Ekinops has introduced two new flexible rate line modules that lower the cost of optical transport while improving network efficiency and flexibility. A major Spanish wholesale operator is one of the first customers to deploy this new solution.

The two new modules – the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF – are the latest advanced networking solutions from Ekinops, a leading supplier of next-generation optical network equipment.

With the new modules, service providers can reduce their capital and operational costs and improve the business case for deploying new capacity. Their small form factor provides operational savings with the ability to fit up to 1.2 terabits per second of capacity in only two rack units. That minimizes space requirements while using less than half the power per gigabit of competitive offerings.

In addition, the PM 200FRS02-SF provides single fiber operation, giving service providers the option of cutting fiber costs in half. This single fiber capability was key for Aire Networks, Spain’s fourth largest wholesale operator. It is now using the Ekinops modules in its 27,000-kilometer fiber network that covers 90 percent of the country.

Aire Networks has seen its traffic double in the first three quarters of 2017 and sought to improve network operations while keeping operational expenses as low as possible. What the service provider really wanted was a solution that would offer 200G transmission in single fiber mode and guarantee scalability for the future, and Ekinops offered the best solution to meet its requirements.

 “Not only did Ekinops offer exactly what Aire Networks needed, they moved quickly to provide the solution to us and were flexible and easy to work with at every step of the way,” said Raúl Aledo Coy, CEO of Aire Networks.

 “We have been able to reduce the form factor in these new modules by a factor of three while reducing power requirements by a factor of two. That delivers an order of magnitude improvement in service density and network cost, key factors for Aire Networks and for other Ekinops customers when it comes to profitability,” said Mark Burton, EMEA Vice President of Sales at Ekinops. “This demonstrates Ekinops’ continued commitment to providing our customers the most efficient and flexible optical transport solutions.”

Both the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF modules employ dual QSFP28 client ports with software-selectable line side modulation that can be provisioned as either DP-QPSK or 16QAM to create 100G or 200G transport links. These new generation modules provide enhanced functionality in one-third the space of previous equipment, occupying only a single slot in an Ekinops 360 chassis, for three times the capacity per shelf.

By selecting the modulation format that best meets an operator’s capacity and distance requirements, the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF can support any metro, regional or long-haul application including converged metro transport, data center interconnection (DCI), mobile backhaul, enterprise connectivity and submarine transport.

Ekinops is also adding to the flexibility of the modules by introducing the PM 100G-AGG companion card for multiplexing up to ten 10G multiprotocol client services into a G.709 standard OTU4 that connects to one client port on the PM 200FRS02 or PM 200FRS02-SF. This modular approach allows 10G services to be carried efficiently over 100G or 200G links and allows the service provider to combine both 10G and 100G clients on a single 200G link for greater resource utilization and bandwidth efficiency.

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading provider of open, fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world. Our programmable and highly scalable solutions enable fast, flexible and cost-effective deployment of new services for high-speed, high-capacity optical transport as well as virtualization-enabled managed enterprise services. Our product portfolio consists of two highly complementary product sets. One, under the Ekinops 360 brand name, provides a single, fully integrated platform for metro, regional, and long-haul applications. The other, under the OneAccess brand name, provides physical and virtualized deployment options for Layer 2 and 3 network functions. As service providers embrace SDN and NFV deployment models, Ekinops’ solutions enable them to deploy today and seamlessly migrate to an open virtualized delivery model at a time of their choosing. A global organization with operations in 4 continents, Ekinops (EKI) - a public company traded on the Euronext Paris exchange - is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA. For more information, visit

Outside Plant Fiber Optic Installation Apparatus Market Forecast

According to ElectroniCast Consultants, the North American use of OSP fiber optic installation apparatus is forecast to reach $276 million in 2017… 
Aptos, CA (USA) – December 5, 2017 -- ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market and technology research consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of their market research study covering selected products used in Outside Plant (OSP) fiber optic installation apparatus (FOIA) used in North America.

The consumption value of the selected Outside Plant (OSP) fiber optic installation apparatus (FOIA) products in the North America region is expected to reach $276 million this year in 2017; forecasted to increase to $423.2 million in the year 2027.  Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.

The United States of America is forecast to dominate in the leadership position, expanding at an average annual growth rate of 5.8 percent in the 1st-half of the forecast period (2017-2022).

According to ElectroniCast, as optical fiber use migrates closer and closer to the end user, the requirements for jointing fibers becomes more critical. Inside plant and outside plant fiber optic installation apparatus (FOIA), which includes splicing and cable assemblies (cable/connectors), distribution boxes/panels/ frames, patch panels, splice closures, fiber management cabinets/boxes and several passive optical components used in the installation apparatus play a significant role in a network’s cost and performance. Typically, fusion splices and to some extent mechanical splices are used where the need to frequently connect and disconnect is not a requirement. Connectors are typically used in applications where flexibility for routing or reconfiguring is necessary. 

The Telecommunications/Multimedia application is forecast for steady annual growth from an expected $252 million in 2017 for the selected OSP equipment covered in this market study.  The forecasted growth is mainly driven by access fiber deployment (FTTx) and higher transfer rates for in metro initiatives. 

This market forecast report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants. For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact Theresa Hosking, Marketing/Sales;  
(Telephone/USA: 831-708-2381)

ElectroniCast Consultants – specializes in forecasting trends in technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning and consulting. ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm, serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies, communication and data network companies and the financial community.  Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit provided.  ElectroniCast Consultants’ goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for strategic planning.

Monday, December 4, 2017

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs Establish Strategic Collaboration to Speed Up Data Center Applications

Collaboration to push the limits of chip technology, extending optical circuits to meet rising demands in bandwidth and data center connectivity

Santa Clara and San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs, a startup bringing optical input/output (I/O) to silicon chips, today announced a strategic collaboration to co-develop and commercialize differentiated silicon photonic technology solutions. The companies will develop and manufacture Ayar’s novel CMOS optical I/O technology, using GF’s 45nm CMOS fabrication process, to deliver an alternative to copper I/O that offers up to 10x higher bandwidth and up to 5x lower power. This cost-effective solution is integrated in-package with customer ASICs as a multi-chip module, and improves data speed and energy efficiency in cloud servers, datacenters and supercomputers. As part of the agreement, GF has also invested an undisclosed amount in Ayar Labs.

Ayar Labs is replacing copper with optical I/O from silicon chips to improve speed and energy efficiency in computing by removing bottlenecks in moving data. The company was formed by the inventors of the first microprocessor chip to communicate using light at MIT, UC Berkeley, and CU Boulder, a breakthrough that was the result of a 10-year research collaboration funded by DARPA. For more information, visit

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a leading full-service semiconductor foundry providing a unique combination of design, development, and fabrication services to some of the world’s most inspired technology companies. With a global manufacturing footprint spanning three continents, GLOBALFOUNDRIES makes possible the technologies and systems that transform industries and give customers the power to shape their markets. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Mubadala Investment Company. For more information, visit


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