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Addressing the needs of the telecoms industry for optical fibre communication in Africa
Author(s): Andrew W. R. Leitch; Ann B. Conibear

Paper Abstract

We report on a successful partnership between the Department of Physics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Telkom, South Africa's national telecommunications company, to train physics students in the important fields related to optical fibre technology. The partnership, which began in 2001 and forms part of Telkom's Centre of Excellence program in South Africa, is currently being extended to other countries in Africa. The training being conducted in the Physics Department has as one of its main goals an increased understanding of polarisation mode dispersion (PMD), an effect that will ultimately limit the transmission speeds through optical fibre.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966421 (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207733
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Andrew W. R. Leitch, Consultant (South Africa)
Ann B. Conibear, Consultant (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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