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As part of its on-going R&D programme to ensure the Phoenix product range meets customer future requirements, Phoenix is involved in collaborative R&D projects.

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European Union funded



As R&D specialists Phoenix Photonics is concerned to keep its customers in the forefront of market demands. As part of this involvement in the future, CEO Dr Ian Giles is Project Manager for the European Commission’s 7th Framework Collaborative R&D project, MODE-GAP – which is researching and looking to develop the technologies required to manage and operate networks capable of handling up to 100 times greater capacity than is possible with current solutions.

Phoenix is focused on the critical components part of the project as the EU looks to create an innovative new platform to keep pace with world demand as the telecommunications market moves relentlessly towards potential gridlock as the physical capacity limitations of single mode fiber transmission is reached.

“Components providing the functionality of a network are the fundamental building blocks of any system,” said Phoenix Photonics’ CEO Dr Ian Giles.

“The new fibres proposed within the project – known as MODE-GAP – to facilitate the spatial division multiplexing, demand a whole new range of components. Our role is to address the challenge to provide these advanced fiber components, which will be based on our proven in-house technologies”.

MODE-GAP is a project funded under the EU 7th Framework Programme.

It is seeking to provide Europe with a lead in the development of the next generation internet infrastructure. Combining the expertise of eight world-leading photonics partners, MODE-GAP will develop transmission technologies based on specialist long-haul transmission fibres, and associated enabling technologies such as novel rare-earth doped optical amplifiers, transmitter and receiver components and data processing techniques to increase the capacity of broadband networks.

Other organisations involved alongside Phoenix are the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, ESPCI ParisTech, OFS Fitel

Denmark APS, the COBRA Institute at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eblana

Photonics Ltd, Nokia Siemens Networks GMBH & Co. KG and the Tyndall National

Institute of University College Cork.

Click here: official MODE GAP website


UK funded


Integrated fibre components

The target of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating multiple functionality on a single fibre using side-polishing technology. A simple VOA – power monitor prototype was developed to prove the feasibility. Both devices were integrated in a compact package formed on a single fibre length.

‘Integrated all-fibre VOA - power monitor module for fibre channel power control using a novel fibre substrate approach.’ Ian P. Giles, Michael Mondanos, Opto-Ireland 2005: Optoelectronics, Photonic Devices, and Optical Networks, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 5825 (2005)


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