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Fibre optics Technology Centre

Solving the fibre optic challenges of tomorrow

The Fibre Optics Technology Centre allows our engineers to develop fibre optic solutions to meet changing demands in a high-speed world. With over 25 years of experience in fibre optics and application engineering for hardware and components, we help to analyse and qualify to improve the stability and functionality of your transceivers. Supporting our engineers with expertise and state of the art technology, the Fibre Optics Technology Centre houses a number of our specialist capabilities.

When standard components don’t suit your requirements, it is the Fibre Optics Technology Centre that will support the design and development of custom hardware to fit your unique needs. And if your component or fibre optic solution must withstand extreme environmental pressures such as humidity, high or low temperatures, our team will use our testing facilities to ensure your system works effectively under any or all of these conditions.

The facility is also experienced in running diagnostic testing on existing systems to find faults and modify components. So, whether you need to analyse the performance of your optical components or understand your current power configuration, our highly trained team of engineers are on hand.

With short response times, we quickly provide you with a solution, even if you aren’t sure exactly what you need. No matter how complex the requirements we can determine an active component’s compatibility or interoperability, creating a unique design solution with products from across our portfolio of strategic partners. The team will help you to develop a prototype, manufacture it and then test it, delivering a component that works perfectly for your application, ready for integration or production.

Specialist fibre optics capabilities

We provide a complete end-to-end fibre optics solution:

Fibre testing and validation

Product validation / verification

In the complex world of fibre optic technology, we seek to make finding the right technology easy for you. To determine if your goals can be met, we can perform key parameter testing and validate a sample component by replicating your environment accurately within our Thermal Chamber to give you a high level of confidence before the design process has even commenced.

Fibre optic custom design

Custom fibre optic design

Sometimes standard active components and parts just won’t work for your application. Our designers consult with you, so whether your industry is computing, communications, consumer or any other we can help you design a solution that accommodates all of your requirements. By developing a bespoke fibre solution, you can be assured of achieving a fully functional, high quality product which is a perfect match for your needs.

Fibre optic prototyping


Active fibre optic components often need to withstand unique, challenging conditions from extreme temperatures to humidity and movement. To make sure that your design will work and function effectively we support the development of a working prototype to fully test your requirements. This way you can be confident that your ideas achieve your goals and are manufactured into a realistic and high functioning product.

Pre-compliance testing

Pre-compliance testing

Once built, testing becomes hugely important to ensure that all regulatory standards are met. Private pre-compliance testing can be expensive and difficult to source, especially if you need to make alterations. Access to our testing facility is available throughout the duration of your project, and our expert team will guide you through each step of the process.

Fibre optics - Troubleshooting


We perform optical and electrical tests on digital fibre optic products, diagnose, and assist with the repair of active components, saving you money and time to focus on other challenges. Our debugging process evaluates physical responses as well as firmware and programming of EEPROMs. Testing also ensures that your component will work efficiently under any extreme environmental conditions, using a multitude of situations and scenarios.

Lifecycle management

Product lifecycle management

We support the entire lifespan of your components. With fibre optic technology constantly changing it is imperative that you remain ahead of technological advancements to futureproof your designs. We provide a full product lifecycle management service to prevent obsolescence issues through to identifying replacement products, we will ensure that you have all of the information you need to make the right decisions for your business.

Technology integrations - Fibre optics

Technology integrations

When you come to the Fibre Optics Technology Centre, you gain access to all of our knowledge and capabilities. It is this unique breadth of offering that sets us apart and enables us to provide you with a powerful integrated custom technology solution.

How can we help?

Technology Centres

When resource or capacity is limited, you can depend upon our knowledge and dedicated Technology Centres to support you from concept through to production.

We provide access to a large range of specialist services and capabilities across our specialist technologies, enabling you to build tailored solutions and bring your concept to reality. Discover how we can support you through our dedicated centres.


Discover how we can help customers in key market sectors

The need for safe, sustainable and long-lasting transportation systems drives our focus to develop custom solutions for vehicles, from cars and trains through to maritime vessels. We understand the challenges across the different industries and always seek to innovate.

Solutions in the medical sector need to be safe, long lasting, and most importantly reliable. Through our custom and standard designs and thorough testing; we ensure all our solutions meet the strictest of medical standards.

Changes taking place in the industrial market have had an impact on the structure of workspaces and workforces everywhere. The increase in automation and connectivity focus on using advancements in technology to build resilience, expand productivity and cost effectiveness.

Our knowledge and experience of the renewable energy market - combined with our ability to integrate a wide range of technologies enables us to develop custom solutions for you and support the new generation of cleaner, greener energy.

We have been developing aerospace and defence technology solutions for over 20 years. In a market where products need to withstand extreme environmental conditions, we have a unique understanding of your needs and can deliver custom built solutions for you.

The parameters for security are changing. We’re at the forefront of developing technological applications with ever increasing demands from cybersecurity and a greater need to protect your assets, it’s imperative to stay one step ahead of potential risks with innovative technology.

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