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CityFibre signs infrastructure deal with Level 3

CityFibre, a builder, owner, and operator of fibre-optic infrastructure in UK towns and cities, has signed a master services agreement with international network provider, Level 3.

The deal sets out standard terms and pricing under which Level 3 can procure fibre from CityFibre’s expanded network to service its numerous enterprise customers across the UK.

The first connection to be made under this agreement is a dark fibre metro ring on CityFibre’s Edinburgh network, to which Level 3 will connect local customer sites. 

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CenturyLink launches fully managed SD-WAN service

Tier-one service provider CenturyLink has introduced CenturyLink SD-WAN, a fully managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service, which will allow smaller businesses to take advantage of networking features typically enjoyed by larger, better-resourced organisations.

Describing it as ‘the next evolution of private networking’, the CenturyLink SD-WAN service unifies network management across disparate types of network, creating an agile, responsive wide area network.

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Norway’s Broadnet taps Coriant for optical network upgrade

Optical transport vendor Coriant says it will supply optical equipment to Broadnet, a business communications provider in Norway.

Broadnet’s fibre infrastructure spans in excess of 45,000km and connects more than 90 cities and towns throughout Norway. The network serves as the foundation for flexible, high-capacity connectivity services for a broad range of residential, small business, system integrator, carrier, and enterprise customers, including the health sector, private sector, and government agencies.

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Virgin Media names 10 communities to benefit from fibre

Virgin Media has unveiled the names of 10 communities, chosen by local residents, that will see optical fibre brought directly to their homes and businesses. The 10 communities received the most votes as part of the cable operator’s ‘Supercharging Local Communities’ initiative.

Launched earlier this year, the initiative is part of Virgin Media’s £3 billion Project Lightning network expansion. Local residents and businesses in 18 UK counties were urged to vote for their community to benefit from the scheme and bring the fastest widely available broadband speeds to their area.

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CityFibre delivers gigabit services to Leeds and Bradford

Leeds and Bradford have become two of the best digitally connected cities in the world thanks to ultra-fast internet services delivered by CityFibre’s launch partners, ExaNetworks and Diva Telecom. Almost 200km of fibre optic infrastructure delivering speeds of up to 100 times faster than the UK national average is now available for use by businesses and the public sector within what have become the UK’s latest gigabit cities.

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ECI and Sprint deploy network for Polish municipality

Optical systems company ECI has deployed a greenfield network in Sosnowiec, Poland, in partnership with local systems integrator and operator Sprint S.A.

The network in Sosnowiec is based on ECI’s family of packet-optical transport systems which combine high performance and low latency with maximum efficiency. ECI’s products provide an end-to-end solution for all services (Layers 1 - 3), all of which are managed simply and intuitively by ECI's, LightSOFT network management system.

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Nexans' cables to bring internet to Amazon Rainforest

Nexans Norway is supplying submarine fibre optic cables to the Connected Amazonia Program in Brazil to connect 4 million people to the internet.

One of largest submarine fibre projects in the world, the programme comprises 7,700km of cables to connect 52 municipal areas through five separate cable routes on and beneath riverbeds in the Amazon.

As part of the project, 275km of Nexans cables will be installed in riverbeds between Coari and Tefé. The entire network will be made up of five data highways: Upper Negro river, Upper Solimões, Madeira, Purus and Juruá.

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Open Grid Europe upgrades network with Ciena and Kapsch

Germany's natural gas transmission systems operator, Open Grid Europe, has deployed a dedicated communications network backbone to facilitate the intelligent coordination of gas transmission and sustainable energy supplies.

In support of Germany’s Energy Transition – a commitment to reforming the country’s power supply system by moving to more renewable energy sources – Open Grid Europe is working with Ciena, in consultation with Kapsch CarrierCom, to ensure reliable and secure transport of critical data for monitoring and management.

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Stokab uses Nexans robot to automate optical patch panels

Following a successful year-long field trial in Stockholm, Sweden, municipal operator Stokab has ordered an automated optical distribution frame (AODF) from Nexans.

The AODF will provide remote controlled patching to support and improve Stokab’s service for broadcasters, which enables media companies to transmit high-bandwidth video and sound over optical fibre from almost 30 event locations in Stockholm to their studios.

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Start-up hub plugs directly into TSICs Internet backbone

Stockholm-based start-up hub, SUP46, has effectively gained unlimited connectivity via a direct connection to the core of the Internet. TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC), in collaboration with Cisco Systems, has connected the site directly to its global backbone with a staggering 100Gb/s.

“We wanted to see what happens when you remove the limits on innovation,” said Brendan Ives, CEO TeliaSonera International Carrier.

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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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Analysis and opinion
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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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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang