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EXFO MaxTester 635G selected for Openreach G.fast pilot

EXFO will supply Openreach, BT’s local network business, with its first batch of MaxTester 635G copper test tool. The G.fast test set can be used to install and maintain G.fast and VDSL2 circuits and will assist Openreach with its G.fast pilot later this year.

The pilot will see ultrafast speeds provided to 25,000 premises in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire and Gillingham, Kent (see Huawei and Nokia selected for BT Openreach G.fast roll-out).

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Facebook and Google co-invest in Pacific Light Cable Network

Facebook and Google have joined a project to build a 12,800km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, California, with ultra-high capacity transmission.

The Pacific Light Cable Network was initiated by Pacific Light Data Communication (PLDC) and submarine cable construction firm TE Subcom, which signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2015 to jointly build and operate the cable.

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China Unicom to deploy Nokia XRS core router in 10 provinces

Nokia has reached an agreement with China Unicom for a three-year extension of its exclusive partnership to supply its large-capacity core router platform, the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS).

In 2014, China Unicom selected the 7950 XRS family to build a more intelligent, flexible and scalable core network with the ability to meet future capacity demands and support the country's national broadband plan.

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AMS-IX connects data centres with Huawei DCI platform

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has selected Huawei’s data centre interconnect platform to provide an economical and efficient metro area network connections, Huawei has announced.

Specifically, AMS-IX has selected the Huawei OptiCloud OSN 902 platform to provide multiple 100G connections between the points of presence in its data centres across the greater Amsterdam area. This will replace the company’s current approach, which is based on one 100 Gigabit Ethernet connection per dark fibre pair.

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Telia Carrier adds second point of presence in Marseilles

Telia Carrier has established a second point of presence in Marseilles to provide carriers, content and cloud providers with improved network resilience and diverse connectivity options, including access to new submarine cables landing on the French coast nearby.

The new POP at Jaguar Network’s Marseilles data centre complements the carrier’s existing POP at Interxion’s Marseilles data centre. Both locations provide customers with connectivity to Telia Carrier’s AS1299 fibre-optic backbone, one of the largest in the world.

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Ericsson and Cisco to upgrade C&W Caribbean networks

Cable & Wireless Communications is investing in new network that will serve as backbone for IPTV services, fixed operations and business-to-business services in three Caribbean markets.

Ericsson and Cisco have agreed to supply and install IP networks for C&W, which operates the retail brand Flow. The plans include an upgrade to the IP backbone network in the Bahamas to improve performance and support increased traffic, and a new business-to-business IP/MPLS network in Jamaica and Barbados.

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Telehouse offers AWS Direct Connect in Paris data centre

Carrier neutral data centre provider Telehouse has announced the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect at its Paris Voltaire data centre in France. The arrangement represents the first Amazon Direct Connect location in Paris.

Telehouse customers can now access AWS Direct Connect via a dedicated 1Gb/s or 10Gb/s connection or via AWS Direct Connect partners directly from its Paris Voltaire data centre. This will make it easy for its customers at Telehouse Paris Voltaire to establish a high-capacity, secure link to the entire suite of AWS cloud services.

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Global Marine reinstates cables for Neptune Ocean Observatory

Following last year’s work to recover failed fibre optic cables serving the Neptune deep sea research observatory off the west coast of Canada, Global Marine Systems, the UK-headquartered subsea cable specialist, has now completed the challenging installation of the replacement cables.

The operation by Global Marine has reconnected scientific instruments that had been out of action since the node and ‘trawl resistant’ frame was damaged by suspected fishing activity in January 2015.

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Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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