Huawei Marine to build Cameroon-Brazil transatlantic cable

Huawei Marine has won a contract to build the Cameroon-Brazil Cable System (CBCS), connecting Africa to Latin America. Cameroon government owned operator CamTel and China Unicom have invested in the project, while Telefónica will support the initiative by providing its international facilities and experience. 

Russian fibre gets a boost from Far East submarine cable

Global Marine Systems, a specialist in subsea cabling and engineering projects, says it is nearing completion of a large fibre-optic installation project being undertaken in the Sea of Okhotsk, in the Russia.

The project, commissioned by Huawei Marine Networks for Russian long-distance communications provider Rostelecom, requires the installation of cable from Magadan, the gateway to the Kolymer region at the northern end of the Okhotsk Sea, running south to Ohka at the northern point of Sakhalin Island, then east to the Kamkatcha Peninsula.

GBI selects Ciena to upgrade connections to the Middle East

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a service provider that operates an integrated network connecting the world to the Middle East, has signed an agreement with Ciena to upgrade its submarine and terrestrial networks.

GBI will deploy Ciena's 6500 packet-optical platform to enhance network flexibility and scalability, boosting capacity through the use of 100G and 200G coherent wavelengths.

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone conduct TWDM-PON field trial

Vodafone is investigating the potential of using advanced access network technology over its existing infrastructure by carrying out a field trial of time and wavelength-division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM-PON) technology in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent.

The pair have been collaborating on TWDM-PON development since 2010. When Alcatel-Lucent introduced its TWDM-PON system at Broadband World Forum last October, the vendor said it had been developed together with Vodafone.

European Commission backs new Europe-Latin America subsea cable

The European Commission is supporting construction of a new submarine fibre-optic cable between Europe and Latin America, linking Lisbon in Portugal with Fortaleza in Brazil.

Today Latin America relies on undersea cables going to the US to carry nearly 90 per cent of its communications traffic to Europe. The one existing cable that directly connects Latin America and Europe is outdated and only used for voice transmission.

Xtera upgrades HUGO subsea cable system with Raman repeater

Xtera Communications has deployed its next-generation Raman repeater into the High capacity, Undersea Guernsey Optical-fibre (HUGO) subsea cable system connecting the island of Guernsey with the UK and France. HUGO is partly owned by Sure, supplier of telecommunication services in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

This project represents the first deployment of Xtera’s repeater in a commercial system, as well as the industry’s first deployment of a Raman-based submarine repeater, the company claims.

Stadsnätsföreningen chooses TransPacket for virtual wavelength services

Stadsnätsföreningen, the Swedish Urban Network Association, has chosen TransPacket  to provide cost-efficient ‘virtual wavelength’ services to its customers throughout Sweden. Using TransPacket´s hardware, Stadsnätsföreningen will be able to provide cost-efficient, flexible service provisioning and efficient bandwidth utilisation.

O2 beefs up its UK backbone with 100G plaform from Ciena

Ciena has notched up another customer win for its 6500 packet-optical platform: O2, the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, which plans to build a new high-speed nationwide network throughout the United Kingdom.

This new backbone network will connect major UK cities, including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool, and enable O2 to deliver web-scale services to support massive growth in data centre and network virtualisation demands.

Coriant makes 100G connection to UNINETT’s Arctic research base

UNINETT, a non-profit provider of telecom and data network connections to Norwegian universities and research institutions, is to link the international research community of Ny-Ålesund with Longyearbyen on the Svalbard archipelago via a new 100G-capable subsea optical transport infrastructure.


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