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News: Fluke adds SmartLoop to OptiFiber Pro OTDR
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Summit to explore latest 5G developments

Leaders in wireless, automotive, healthcare, academia and government will gather at the third annual Brooklyn 5G Summit this week to explore and showcase the latest developments and research aimed at making 5G a commercial reality in telecommunications, machine-to-machine communication, and the Internet of Things (IoT). » Read full article

IBM Cloud Video Clearleap to power new CBC service

IBM Canada Inc. today announced that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation , is leveraging IBM Cloud Video’s Clearleap platform to bring what it described as “their next-generation, ad-supported streaming video service to Canadians nationwide. » Read full article

Mitel announces agreement to acquire Polycom

Ottawa-based Mitel Corp and Polycom, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in which Mitel will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Polycom common stock in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately US$1.96 billion. » Read full article
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Fluke adds SmartLoop to OptiFiber Pro OTDR

Fluke Networks has announced the availability of SmartLoop technology for its OptiFiber Pro OTDR, which it said makes it the first OTDR that comes standard with the ability to test two separate fiber links in both directions from one end in a single test. According to Fluke, SmartLoop provides instant bi-directional averaged results as required by the Telecommunications Industry Associations Optical Fiber Cabling Component Standard (TIA-568.3-D), and can reduce the time required for testing fiber by 50% or more.
With SmartLoop, users no longer need to walk the OTDR to the far end of the link to perform bi-directional tests, helping contractors squeeze more profitability out of each project, the company said in a release.
OptiFiber Pro OTDR with SmartLoop features Fluke Networks patent-pending algorithms to test two separate fiber links at one time in both directions from one end in a single test. » read more
Platinum Tools

Platinum Tools debuts the Xpress Jack offering

Platinum Tools, which specializes in the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, has released the Xpress Jack keystone jack termination offering Now shipping with an MSRP of US$79.95, features include:
* One stroke keystone jack terminations
* Heavy duty all carbon tool steel construction
* Designed for 110 type 4 pair keystone jacks
* Rust resistant black oxide finish
* Comfort grip TPR handles; reduce hand stress on large jobs with prolonged use
* Die set for Platinum Tools Keystone Jacks and other similar designs
* Die set available for 90 degree Leviton Keystone Jacks.
» read more

BICSI Canada Conference

May 2-5
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont. » more info

CommTech West

June 1-2
Location: Calgary, Alta » more info

Canadian Wireless Trade Show

Oct. 26-27
Location: Toronto, Ont. » more info