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.

Orange to install Ekinops’ 100G technology on terrestrial long-haul routes

Ekinops, a Lannion, France, -based supplier of next-generation optical networking equipment, has can boast that it has been chosen by Orange to upgrade selected routes on its international long-haul network to 100G capacity.

Starting in the second half of 2016, Orange plans to deploy the Ekinops 360 platform on segments of its terrestrial high-speed optical network, which consists of 18,000km of fibre in France and internationally (Europe, US, and Singapore).

Telia Carrier adds Coriant 400G-capable technology to pan-European network

Telia Carrier and Coriant plan to introduce 400G-capable Coriant CloudWave Optics technology to the pan-European carrier’s backbone network, the companies announced.

The power-efficient coherent interface technology will enable Telia Carrier to double the capacity and reduce latency on its DWDM infrastructure, which is based on the Coriant’s hiT 7300 multi-haul transport platform.  

The first deployment of Coriant CloudWave Optics in Telia Carrier’s network will include a 400G-enabled fibre route between the cities Copenhagen, Denmark and Frankfurt, Germany.

KOSC Telecom selects ADVA FSP 3000 for 100G network

Optical transport vendor ADVA Optical Networking reports that KOSC Telecom, France’s newest telecom service provider, has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 platform for of its 100G DWDM optical transport network.

The new operator is using ADVA Optical Networking’s metro and long-haul technology to build a scalable national network providing 100Gb/s wholesale connectivity to service providers throughout France.

Openreach trials simplified duct and pole sharing process

Openreach, BT’s local network division, has begun trialling new, simplified duct and pole sharing processes with five communications providers across the UK.

The trials could encourage more broadband providers to invest in new fibre networks, as they give companies the ability to carry out more work themselves, more quickly and efficiently, without seeking permission from Openreach.

Nokia wins metro optical deal with Telefónica Spain

Telefónica Spain plans to deploy optical metro networking equipment from Nokia as part of its ‘Fusión Red’ project to handle massive growth in network traffic from new video services.

Under the contract, Nokia will provide metro gear from its enhanced optical transport portfolio based on its new programmable silicon chipset, the Photonic Service Engine version 2 (see Nokia claims capacity leap from new silicon and systems).


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