Tagged: fibre optics research

Recent Thoughts – Australian NBN and New Zealand UFB - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Sep 17, 2012

    National Fibre Optic-based broadband networks are being installed right now in Australia and New Zealand.         I read every day criticism about the slow progress, and even the overall justification of these two major projects. Typical of this is “Why the NBN could be a white elephant“, published by a … Read More

CommunicAsia Singapore 2012 - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 08, 2012

          I was extremely pleased to join my colleagues, friends and clients recently at CommunicAsia in the new Marina Bay Sands conference centre in Singapore. This major event moved a year ago from the old expo centre near the airport to this brand-new complex  near the island of Sentosa. The whole project was designed by … Read More

What is DiDo? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 25, 2011

A recent white paper describes an invention in the USA which is touted to increase greatly the bandwidth availability of wireless internet access. DiDo stands for “distributed input, distributed output”. The news was immediately grabbed by the media here in Australia, saying that it made the NBN (National Broadband Network) project redundant and a waste of taxpayer money. Read More

Fibre lights me! - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jun 14, 2011

Having been involved in lighting fibre for some years now, it was interesting to find myself on the receiving end. After cancer surgery, I am in the middle of 25 sessions of radiotherapy. Another massive and impressive machine that carefully focuses a strong photon beam on to the affected area from several directions, hopefully destroying the remaining cancer cells. At … Read More

Fibre optics and Earthquakes/Tsunamis - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Mar 14, 2011

After the terrible events in Christchurch, and now Honshu in Japan, Peter Griffin suggested that I may like to comment on the ability of fibre to withstand such traumas. The actual glass part of the fibre is quite fragile and delicate. However the fibre “light conductor” core is always sheathed in variety of protective coatings, from simple plastic to modern … Read More

Fibre to the Home Council – Asia Pacific - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Nov 10, 2010

I’m heading off soon to Phuket in Thailand to the General Meeting of the Asia-Pacific FTTH Council. Why Phuket? I’m not complaining, it’s a neat place! I think the Board tries to regularly include member countries in their rotating meeting program. We will be meeting with local Thai engineers and exchanging experiences. This time last year, we were honoured to … Read More

Cell phones, Electromagnetic Radiation and cancer - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Nov 01, 2010

Oh my gosh! What a flurry of comments after my last post. Some clearly medically-trained people took me to task for suggesting that there MAY be a link between EMR and cancer. Then quite by chance, I opened my new issue (October 2010) of the Scientific American magazine, and read on page 77 an article entitled “Can you hear me … Read More

Wireless versus Fibre - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Oct 26, 2010

Just returned to Auckland from a month in Australia – part work, part holiday. My wife and I discovered Bill Peach Aircruising a few years back and just completed the Great Southern Air Cruise – Sydney to Perth and back, stopping at the most interesting and unusual places you can imagine. Like most of us, I go nuts if … Read More

Auckland – Huawei Broadband Summit 2010 - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Sep 17, 2010

I attended the Huawei Broadband Summit at Auckland Hilton Hotel today. To say it was impressive is a huge understatement. I never really took Huawei (at least here in New Zealand) seriously until now. New Zealand was one of the first countries to sign a Free Trade Agreement with China not so … Read More

Scientists squeeze more out of light - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Dec 10, 2009

Scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia, have put the squeeze on light. By discovering that light within optical fibers can be squeezed into much tighter spaces than was previously believed possible, the researchers at the University’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) have claimed a breakthrough that could change the world’s thinking on light’s capabilities, especially when it … Read More