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Seaborn and Alcatel-Lucent embark on Brazilian project

Seaborn Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have started work on the Seabras-1 submarine fibre optic cable system between the US and Brazil. Seabras-1 system is a six-fibre pair system with an initial maximum design capacity of 60 terabits per second.

Huawei joins with 21Vianet in huge SDN project

Huawei has announced a partnership with 21Vianet Group (21Vianet), the largest carrier-neutral internet data centre (IDC) services provider in China, to launch China's largest commercial software-defined networking-enabled (SDN) network.

The companies say the network will provide flexibility to subscriber networks that manage and support cloud services, and will enable enterprises to adjust their business strategies to stay competitive in a dynamic market environment.

Onninen and Genexis win Finnish FTTH contract

Finnish network solution provider Onninen, and FTTH home gateways company Genexis , have won a tender for the delivery of gigabit residential gateways in Finland.

The tender for the project was a joint initiative by five local Finnish networks including Utakuitu, Kairan Kuitu, Siikaverkko, Pyhanet and Lupinet. Together, they have commenced with a roll-out of at least 2,600 connections in 2014.

Stratospheric expansion for Adtran

Adtran has quintupled its VDSL port shipments in EMEA over the last 18 months following increased demand for its vectoring capabilities. The announcement follows news that Dr. Eduard Scheiterer has been promoted to senior vice president and managing director for international markets, to lead Adtran's global market expansion.

SpeedCast wins Netherlands marine contract

SpeedCast International has been awarded a multi-year contract from Jan De Nul Group, a leading expert in dredging, marine construction, and specialised services for the offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy industries. The new satellite service provides high-performance broadband connectivity for mission critical data and voice applications on vessels operating throughout the world.
 

Maintel results on the rise

Maintel has announced a growth of 52 per cent in revenue in its interim results for the six months to 30 June. Its adjusted profit before tax is up by 21 per cent to £2.9m.

The company says increased confidence in the economy has seen companies start to re-invest in upgrading their communications infrastructures. In particular, Maintel has won significant infrastructure upgrades in the higher education, health and retail sectors.

Fibercore acquires Fibertronix

Fibercore, the UK based designer and manufacturer of specialty optical fiber, today announced its acquisition of Fibertronix.

The Fibertronix product-range encompasses specialty fibre and coatings, targeted at harsh environment applications within the oil/gas and medical Industries and uses the photonic technologies developed at leading Swedish research institute, Acreo Swedish ICT.

Ciena chosen for BT Openreach development

BT has selected Ciena’s packet networking solutions to support the evolution of its Openreach Ethernet services.

Ciena’s E-suite family of packet switch modules, including the 3916 and 3930 service delivery switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 service aggregation switches, ensure fast Ethernet service delivery, agility and assurance for Openreach’s EAD services.

Germany declares its digital intent

Germany's government has voted to adopt a 'digital agenda' over the next three years, with the intention of developing the country into a worldwide leader in high-speed data.

The 'Digital Agenda 2014-2017' bill states that the country should have nationwide access to high-speed internet by 2018 – including rural areas – and that the formation of IT companies should be increased.

Currently, around 70 per cent of households in the country have access to high-speed internet.

Broadband now leads the way in US TV viewing

Broadband TV subscribers have outnumbered cable television customers in the United States for the first time.

A report from the Leicthman Research Group says the largest nine broadband television companies in the USA now have 49.915 million subscribers, compared to 49.91 million cable TV customers.

The report says the largest operator, Comcast, has 43 per cent of all US broadband internet customers, with Time Warner claiming nearly 24 per cent of the market.

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