Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Lumenisity Limited, a leader in next-generation hollow core fibre (HCF) solutions. Lumenisity’s innovative and industry-leading HCF product is designed to enable fast, reliable and secure networking for global, enterprise and large-scale organisations, supporting cloud infrastructure worldwide.
The acquisition will expand Microsoft’s ability to further optimise its global cloud infrastructure and serve Microsoft’s Cloud Platform and Services customers with strict latency and security requirements. The technology can provide benefits across a broad range of industries including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail and government.
Organisations within these sectors could see significant benefit from HCF solutions as they rely on networks and data centres that require high-speed transactions, enhanced security, increased bandwidth and high-capacity communications. For the public sector, HCF could provide enhanced security and intrusion detection for federal and local governments across the globe. In healthcare, because HCF can accommodate the size and volume of large data sets, it could help accelerate medical image retrieval, facilitating providers’ ability to ingest, persist and share medical imaging data in the cloud. And with the rise of the digital economy, HCF could help international financial institutions seeking fast, secure transactions across a broad geographic region.
Lumenisity’s next generation of HCF uses a proprietary design where light propagates in an air core, which has significant advantages over traditional cable built with a solid core of glass. This includes increased overall speed and lower latency, as light travels through HCF 47 percent faster than standard silica glass; enhanced security and intrusion detection due to Lumenisity’s innovative inner structure; lower costs, increased bandwidth and enhanced network quality due to elimination of fibre nonlinearities and broader spectrum; and the potential for ultra-low signal loss enabling deployment over longer distances without repeaters.
Lumenisity was formed in 2017 as a spinoff from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton to commercialise breakthroughs in the development of hollow core optical fibre. In 2021 and 2022, the company won the ‘Best Fibre Component Product’ for their NANF CoreSmart HCF cable at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) Exhibition Industry Awards.
As part of the Lumenisity acquisition, Microsoft plans to utilise the organisation’s technology and team of industry-leading experts to accelerate innovations in networking and infrastructure.