University fibre optic spin-off attracts £37m

A university telecommunications spin-off company is set to create 200 jobs in the UK over the next 18 months, after raising a record £37m in private funding. Southampton Photonics, a spin-off from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at Southampton University, will design and make fibre optic components. The company is looking to recruit engineers, who will […]

A university telecommunications spin-off company is set to create 200 jobs in the UK over the next 18 months, after raising a record £37m in private funding.

Southampton Photonics, a spin-off from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at Southampton University, will design and make fibre optic components.

The company is looking to recruit engineers, who will be based at the university’s science park site. Design, production and sales facilities will also be set up in California.

Dan Spalinger, president of Southampton Photonics and former vice-president of worldwide telecommunications research at the Gartner Group, said the technology which has been developed at the Optoelectronics Research Centre will increase the capability of optical networks.

`The components will enable us to transmit signals longer, further and of greater bandwidth before the signal has to be converted from the optical to electrical domain, which is expensive,’ he said.

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