Components supply deal

Optoscribe forms fibre partnership with Sumitomo


Steve McMahon, chief commercial officer; Nick Psaila, CEO; Mark Hesketh, chief operating officer; David Jolliffe, chief financial officer


Optoscribe, a Livingston-based photonics company, has forged a partnership with Sumitomo Electric Industries, to provide multi-core fibre components (MCF) for datacom and telecom applications.

As data bandwidth requirements continue to grow more and more fibre will be required. The classic approach would be to simply install more optical fibres to keep up with this bandwidth increase which has knock-on effects in terms of available volume.

MCF offers a different approach, whereby one MCF fibre can replace a large number of individual fibres with the obvious benefits in terms of reduced volume and ease of optical fibre management. This can result in a tenfold increase in capacity.

Nick Psaila, CEO of Optoscribe, said: “We see this as a great opportunity to jointly address the performance challenges faced by datacom and telecom applications, while creating and fostering the supply chain for further deployment of multicore fibre and related technologies.”

Tatsuo Saitoh, of Sumitomo Electric, said: “We believe that both companies with cutting edge technologies can create a new market and ecosystem for multicore fiber-based interconnects.

“We are excited that our products will solve customers’ challenges for ultra-high density optical interconnects.”

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