Have you ever wondered what happens as soon as you type in a Google search?
Quite simply, your data along with everyone else’s at that instant in time, is sent to a distant data centre. All this is transparent to the naked eye, and often means a cross-continent or intercontinental journey. The capacity of these long distance links has to be incredibly high and the demand is ever increasing. This makes it challenging for the world’s fibre optics infrastructure to deliver information quickly and reliably.
Durham-based optics company, aXenic, is a business that provides a key part of the technological solution that tackles this challenge. They make unique parts which put this high capacity signal onto the fibre for these long-distance, highest-speed links.
Established in 2009, the company started out as a spin-out of an electronics firm which went on to be purchased by Finisar, a major US company that supplies major telecommunication equipment companies globally. aXenic continues to innovate high speed optical modulator technology having acquired Finisar UK in summer 2015.
“We have recently spun out as an employee-owned company, aXenic, and plan to extend our technology to new markets, including aerospace and satellite communications to stay at the forefront of what is possible in demanding high speed communications markets.”
Steve Clements, CEO