Pioneering research at Bangor on the advanced communications technology termed Optical
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OOFDM) has enabled industrial impact with global
implications. OOFDM was a candidate technique for the ITU-T G989.1 NG-PON2 and the IEEE
802.3bm standards and is currently under consideration by the IEEE 802.3 400Gb/s Ethernet
Study Group. Supported by 8 patent families and first-phase funding of £1.1M, in 2013, the prerevenue
Bangor University spin-off company Smarterlight Limited, was established. Smarterlight
has deployed services to several international telecommunications companies to develop
advanced solutions for access optical networks and data centres.