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Is free space optics due for another revival? LGS says yes

Free space optics (FSO) is a technology which has been repeatedly hailed as an alternative to wireline fiber for backhaul and high speed connectivity. But despite its claims to provide a solution to rising capacity demands and spectrum shortage, the laser-based technology has never quite made it to the commercial mainstream of the telco sector, and there has been a string of casualties along the way, most recently AOptix in 2016. The latest organization to try to revive it is LGS Innovations, a former subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, which is now independent. Its technical director of new business development, Tom Wood, said in an interview with FierceWirelessTech: “We’re seeing a lot more interest in commercial free space optical communications now than…

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