ECOC 2016, Düsseldorf, September 2016
Of great interest: IPHOBAC-NG's millimeter wave radio system
The annual European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), together with the associated exhibition, is one of the world's largest events in the area of optical communication technology. After Geneva, Amsterdam, London, Cannes and Valencia, Düsseldorf hosted ECOC this year, attracting a total of 5,234 visitors and 314 exhibitors from 27 countries to the exhibition.
With the EU project IPHOBAC-NG, coordinated by Professor Andreas Stöhr, the optoelectronics engineers from Duisburg were involved this time: the world's first millimeter-wave radio system was presented, which works at data rates that normally could only be transmitted via a glass fiber.
Fast Internet is still a problem in Germany - even in large cities. Other European countries are clearly ahead: the international telecommunications giant Orange operates an extensive fiber optic network (GPON) in Poland, which can deliver 2.5 gigabits per second to the customer.
Expansion of the fiber-optic network can be very cost-intensive. Thus, Orange is looking for solutions to bridge distances of up to a few kilometers wirelessly. Together with the University College London and Finisar, the world market leader for opto-electronic components, as well as Siklu, a provider of microwave radio links, the UDE scientists have succeeded in realizing such a system. It is not surprising that well-known companies such as Google-Fiber, Corning, Huawei, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, Rohde & Schwarz as well as Huber + Suhner have been visiting the booth at ECOC.
"It will certainly take a while until we have a market-ready product" says Andreas Stöhr. "Unfortunately, I was not able to participate in the ECOC 2016, as the assessment of the MARIE special collaborative programme took place at the same time". The absenteeism has paid off. The new SFB has been approved by the German Research Foundation on November 18, 2016 and is due to start on January 1, 2017.