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.

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.

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.

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.

CenturyLink activates transatlantic link from Aqua Comms

To support its international operations, CenturyLink has tapped submarine cable provider Aqua Comms for high-capacity connectivity between the US and Europe.

Aqua Comms and CenturyLink report that they have activated two 100G waves between New York and London on Aqua Comms’ America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system.

Verizon evaluates suppliers ahead of NG-PON2 deployment

US operator Verizon is ready to begin lab trials of next-generation passive optical network, or NG-PON2, equipment and has selected Ericsson, in partnership with Calix, and Adtran to take part.

The trial, which will take place in Verizon’s Innovation Lab in Waltham, Mass, is expected to lead to network deployments in 2017.

Virgin Media: ultrafast broadband isn’t just for big cities

UK cable operator Virgin Media has named the next 30 communities, voted for by local residents and businesses, that will be connected with fibre broadband run directly to their property offering ultrafast, future-proof connectivity.

‘By bringing fibre to the parishes and smaller communities, it shows that ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV isn’t just for big cities,’ said Paul Buttery, chief operating officer at Virgin Media.

Coriant chosen to modernise Turkmenistan national network

Using packet-optical transport equipment from Coriant, the Ministry of Communications of Turkmenistan has deployed a new national backbone network with best-in-class coherent DWDM, MPLS-TP, and service management technologies.

The network modernisation initiative enables the Ministry of Communications to cost-effectively scale transport capacity and improve transit connectivity to neighbouring countries, while introducing a new level of edge-to-core provisioning flexibility to enhance bandwidth services for government, enterprise, mobile, and residential customers.


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