Calient pitches switches for data centre virtualisation

The trend towards virtualisation could lead to an expanded role for optical switches inside data centres, according to Calient Technologies.

The optical circuit switch developer is proposing a new data centre architecture that would allow data centre operators use server and storage resources more efficiently – if they are prepared to buy some optical switches.

Pacnet extends SDN to the optical layer with Infinera

Software control has finally reached the optical layer with the commercial launch of a transport software-defined networking (SDN) based service from Pacnet.

Pacnet, a wholesale service provider in the Asia-Pacific region, has deployed Infinera’s new Open Transport Switch (OTS) software to extend the network-as-a-service capabilities delivered via the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) platform.

Polatis optical switches power Bristol smart city network

Optical switch developer Polatis has landed a key role in a new software-defined optical network that will provide the foundation for a smart city initiative in Bristol, UK.

‘Bristol is Open’ is a city-wide network that will enable greater interaction between people and places. Combining sensors and other devices with agile communications networks and high-performance computing resources, the smart city will be able to respond intelligently in real time to everyday events including traffic congestion, waste management, energy supply and more.

Transmode upgrades metro network in the Canary Islands

Packet-optical equipment developer Transmode has deployed a high-capacity network based on its TM-Series and TG-Series platforms for the Tenerife Island Council (Cabildo Insular de Tenerife) in the Canary Islands.

The new metro optical network will connect all the council’s facilities and offices across the island, providing high-capacity access to the D-ALiX carrier-neutral data centre location.

HKT: I’ll see your gigabit and raise you 10G

Updated: Hong Kong has the world’s fastest Internet speeds. With the news that Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) is launching the world's first 10G broadband service for consumers, it looks like the city will retain that accolade for a good while longer.

Rival operator Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) made headlines back in 2005 when it launched gigabit services to all the homes on its residential fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network – the first operator to make the move to gigabit speeds.

Comlink turns up 100G services with Transmode

Packet-optical equipment developer Transmode says that US regional carrier Comlink has started deploying 100G managed services using Transmode's TM-Series platform.

Comlink, a supplier of cloud-based services, has a regional network with thousands of miles of fibre deployed through Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. The operator used Transmode’s metro/regional 100G product running over its existing fibre-optic network and optical hardware to provide high-capacity connectivity for a large service provider customer.

BT rolls out fibre to Scottish Highlands

Digital Scotland has announced the completion of a subsea telecoms project which brings fibre broadband another step closer for many of Scotland’s most remote communities. 

The £410m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project required the installation of 250 miles of fibre optic cabling across a record-breaking 20 seabed crossings in one of the most complex sub-sea engineering challenges ever undertaken by BT in UK waters.

Infinera deploys DTN-X platform across UK railway

Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, in partnership with leading digital communications company Telefónica UK, has announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform across Network Rail’s railway infrastructure in the UK.

Alcatel-Lucent and MTN Nigeria to boost connectivity with 100G fibre-optic data network

Alcatel-Lucent is launching a superfast, 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic network with MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of Dubai-based MTN Group and the leading service provider in Africa. MTN Nigeria, which covers more than almost 90 per cent of Nigeria's land mass, will deploy a 100G network that re-uses existing 10G optical assets thereby preserving MTN past investments while ensuring future proof and state of art solution. 


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