With the support of Axians, deeptech company CAILabs is developing a new technology that increases the data rate of multi-mode optical fibre by a factor of 400.

Constantly increasing network data rates are rendering the transmission capacity of aging optical fibre obsolete – particularly the multi-mode systems used to communicate over short distances, for example on campuses.

Three French optics researchers at the Kastler Brossel laboratory in Paris, Nicolas Treps, Jean-François Morizur and Guillaume Labroille, have found a solution. They have developed a technology that reshapes the light beam to increase multi-mode fibre capacity by a factor of 400.

“We give a network a new lease on life for – at most – only half what it would cost to re-cable, and we do so without disrupting the customer’s activity by installing a passive module directly at the fibre arrival point,” says CAILabs CEO Jean-François Morizur who, together with Guillaume Labroille, founded the startup in 2013.

“A very beneficial solution, especially for universities, hospitals, urban transport systems, and office buildings.”

VINCI Energies ICT brand Axians identified the new CAILabs range of products, called Aroona, during the 2016 VivaTech show and has now made it an integral part of its solutions and services offer.

“We roll out fibre for our customers with budgets that cannot be expanded, and Aroona is proving to be a very beneficial solution, especially for universities, hospitals, urban transport systems, office buildings, and industrial facilities where re-cabling work requiring production to shut down would be problematic,” says Juan Lopez, Technical Director at Axians Communication & Systems France.