fibre

eircom to invest over €100m in fibre rollout

Irish operator Eircom Group has announced that it plans to “significantly” upgrade Ireland’s telecoms infrastructure by rolling out fibre-based access technologies across the country, before launching IPTV over the new infrastructure in mid-2012.

Bulgaria’s EVO installing Fibre-to-the-Home

Bulgarian ISP EVO has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology for its upgrade to Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections.

SaskTel picks Alca-Lu for FTTP rollout

Canadian telco SaskTel has selected Alcatel-Lucent as the primary infrastructure provider for its project to implement a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) converged network in the province of Saskatchewan

The Fiber of Society

Hunter Newby argues that his dark fibre project is the key to making LTE work and explains why the Pixar movie Cars is a prophetic warning about what could happen to those places that miss the boat on fibre.

West African Cable System lands in Cape Town

A high capacity submarine cable system linking southern Africa with Europe landed at its final destination in Cape Town this morning. The West African Cable System (WACS), a 14,000km, 5.1Tbps system was brought ashore at Yzerfontein in the Western Cape and will both complement and compete with the 340Gbps Sat-3 system that went into service in the region in 2002.

Level 3 picks up Global Crossing in $3bn deal

International fibre network operator Level 3 Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire rival carrier Global Crossing in a stock for stock transaction valued at approximately $3bn.

MegaFon taps Huawei for 40Gb backbone network

Russian operator MegaFon has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to construct backbone nodes for a 40Gb IP/MPLS network in Russia’s largest cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.

More competition in UK superfast broadband space

UK communications regulator Ofcom said this week that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure, promoting increased competition in the superfast broadband sector. Cable carrying rival Virgin Media has jumped all over this one, announcing plans to expand its own fibre network across BT’s footprint.

EC plans “broadband-for-all” for 2013

The European Commission (EC) this week proposed a five-year plan for the award and harmonisation of radio spectrum within the EU to boost the deployment and take up of fast and ultra-fast broadband.

Colt trials 100 Gigabit Ethernet with Infinera

Colt has successfully completed its first European field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) over a live network, using kit from Infinera.The trial consisted of a 100Gbps transmission over the 861km route on Colt’s low latency fibre network between London and Frankfurt using Infinera’s DTN optical platform. A single trip latency of 4.23ms was measured across the 100Gbps circuit.

Device vendors target China with 3G Androids

China’s homegrown 3G technology, TD-SCDMA, won a little more support this week as device vendors Motorola and Sony Ericsson got behind the platform with a raft of new devices catering to the country’s nascent data services market.

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