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TE SubCom begins work on MAREA transatlantic cable

Submarine cable specialist TE Subcom has been named the system supply and installation partner for the new MAREA submarine cable system across the Atlantic Ocean.

Announced by Facebook and Microsoft in May 2016, MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic – featuring eight fibre-pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tb/s.

Ucom and Calix partner to bring NG-PON2 to Armenia

Calix will collaborate with innovative Armenian communications service provider Ucom to bring the benefits of NG-PON2 across the country to deliver an unmatched broadband experience to the company’s wireline and mobile subscribers.

With initial trials scheduled for early 2017, Ucom is planning to roll out new 10Gb/s business and mobile backhaul services, as well as to converge its residential and business networks onto a single infrastructure, in order to simplify operations.

Swisscom in first commercial launch of G.fast in Europe

Swisscom believes it has become the first European service provider to launch commercial services based on G.fast technology.

Since September 2016, only G.fast-compatible 16-port hardware has been used for the operator’s Switzerland-wide fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) expansion. With FTTS, fibre-optic cables are laid up to a distance of around 200 metres from homes, and then the existing copper infrastructure is used to cover the remaining distance.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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