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EXFO Steps Up its CPRI Lineup with RAN in Mind
Not long ago, a recent study was conducted by ABI Research that took a look at some of the biggest disruptive influences in the technology sector. While several different technologies were included in the lineup, one of the biggest potential disruptions came from cellular radio access networks (RAN), which showed up not only as third in overall disruption but also as first in time to disruption and in the highest probability of acting as a disruption overall. Evidence that that part of the study may have been more right than anyone expected comes from EXFO, who recently announced that it was running a fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) test for some of its product line with the idea of accommodating RAN in mind.
11/21/2014 2:38:58 PM
Day1, Zayo Combine Efforts to Provide Cloud Solution
Day1 and Zayo announced recently that they had agreed to work together to develop a cloud solution. The result of their efforts is a combination of Day1 Connect and Zayo's fiber-optic network and will connect business IT departments to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
11/18/2014 5:44:23 PM
FCC Chairman Wheeler Wants More Internet in Schools
While all eyes have been on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler of late for mainly one reason-a stance on the net neutrality concept-there's more to the FCC than just this one decision. Indeed, a new report from an FCC source who wanted to remain anonymous has come out saying that Tom Wheeler has some plans to advance another agenda item: getting schools more connected to the Internet.
11/18/2014 11:16:37 AM
Obama Seeks Net Neutrality Directive; AT&T Stops Work on High-Speed Internet
On November 12, President Obama started pushing Congress and the FCC for action on Net Neutrality. Suddenly, tech companies all over the world began getting nervous.
11/17/2014 7:59:11 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Zayo, Indiana Fiber Network, More
Dark Fiber continued to spread its widening web this past week, and we have all the updates.
11/15/2014 7:00:00 AM
IFN Becomes Newest Member of INDATEL Team of Carriers
Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN), a facility-based fiber optic provider, has announced that it has joined the INDATEL network. INDATEL is a service provider made up of a collection of wholesale carriers, describing itself as a "network of networks." The company uses its Rural Ethernet Exchange (REX) to provide its membership base with access to its extensive fiber optic network. It can then be able to deliver reliable bandwidth solutions to rural and underserved markets.
11/13/2014 1:24:53 PM
High-Speed Broadband may be Coming Soon for Massachusetts Hilltowns
It's perhaps one of the biggest technological problems facing the United States today, and it's scarcely alone on this front. Specifically, that problem is bringing good quality, high speed Internet access to rural areas. It's difficult, it's seldom profitable, but for those who don't get access, such people are simply left out of the Internet altogether in many cases. For a dozen small towns in Massachusetts that may be about to change, as detailed by a recent report from Greenfield, Massachusetts' The Recorder.
11/11/2014 1:15:07 PM
New Report Shows Broadband Connection Issues Prevalent In Europe
All over the world, broadband Internet access has never been quite as important as it is these days. That's a big problem in certain parts of the world, and a new report underlines the problems Spanish households are facing when it comes to broadband. The research firm Parks Associates released a report, which says that as many as 80 percent of Spanish homes are regularly experiencing problems with their connected devices. These problems include issues with their PCs, home Wi-Fi networks, smartphones and tablets.
11/10/2014 6:12:18 PM
Zayo Announces New NY/NJ Dark Fiber Route
Zayo Group, a leading global provider of lit services and dark fiber products, announced that it is in the process of constructing a new dark fiber route between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Data Center facility, located at 1700 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, New Jersey, and the Equinix New York Network interconnection facility at 755 Secaucus Rd just outside of New York City.
11/10/2014 5:51:48 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Google Fiber, Metcom Network, Huawei
Fast fiber was all over the news this week, and we have the highlights for you.
11/8/2014 7:00:00 AM
Peak 10 Announces Multi-Phase Nashville Expansion
Peak 10, Inc., a data center company and provider of national IT infrastructure and cloud services, has announced its plans for a multi-phase expansion of its facilities in the Nashville, Tenn., area.
11/7/2014 2:13:01 PM
Lake County Approves Gap Funding to Pay Contractors
The board of commissioners in Lake County, Minn., voted recently to allocate $500,000 to pay contractors for their work on a fiber network that it owns. Two months ago, the county submitted a request to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for $6 million, but has yet to hear from the federal agency. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the county was past due on contractor bills and decided to pay them now to avoid delays.
11/4/2014 12:48:20 PM
Researchers Test Fiber Capable of Transferring Terabits of Data per Second
Researchers in the U.S. and Netherlands have developed fiber optic cable capable of speeds so fast, it puts Google Fiber to shame. Thanks to multi-mode fiber, they were able to reach speeds of 255 terabits per second (Tbps). At that rate, it would take 0.03 milliseconds to download a 1GB movie.
11/4/2014 12:46:01 PM
Smith Promoted to Director of Network Operations for Indiana Fiber Network
Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) announced this week that Darryl Smith was promoted to become the company's director of network operations. The position was recently created to help the organization focus on customer service assurance operations, according to a company statement.
11/4/2014 12:35:09 PM
Metcom Network Services Begins Reselling DE-CIX Internet Exchange Connectivity in New York City
Metcom Network Services (MNS), a New York City-based colocation provider, has announced that it has become one of the first U.S.-based resellers of DE-CIX New York services.
11/3/2014 6:16:37 PM
Huawei Builds Fiber MAN in Burundi
Huawei has announced that it is building a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) in Burundi, according to IT News Africa.
11/3/2014 6:14:40 PM
Report Shows US Trails Other Countries in Broadband Speed and Cost
The Open Technology Institute (OTI) has just released a report, The Cost of Connectivity 2014, that compares the cost of broadband in major cities across the U.S. and internationally. Between July and September 2014, the organization collected data from ISP websites around the world. Among its many findings, OTI concluded that Internet service in the U.S. was generally slower and cost more than in many other developed cities around the world.
11/3/2014 6:03:35 PM
Brazil-to-Portugal Fiber Project Looking to Complete without US Technology
When the allegations Edward Snowden made against the NSA started bearing fruit, many public and private organizations around the world started questioning their business relationships with companies based in the United States. As the news about what the NSA was doing continued to get worse, the same organizations started searching for alternative delivery methods for their digital infrastructure.
11/3/2014 5:51:53 PM
Pilot Fiber to the Premise Project Begins in Tennessee Town
In April of this year, the Federal Communications Commission took steps towards implementing the next phase of a comprehensive broadband deployment in rural America, with the Connect America Fund. Phase 1 of this initiative invested more than $438 million to deploy broadband services to 1.6 million unserved Americans, as well as an additional $300 million for mobile wireless services, and $50 million to improve mobile voice and broadband on tribal lands. The second phase will seek to do the same for an additional five million Americans who currently don't have access to this technology with funding totaling $9 billion over the next five years.
11/3/2014 5:21:27 PM
Shutesbury Broadband Committee Take Steps to Improve Access
As communities across the country look to deploy broadband capabilities, they are trying to find the best solutions available for their particular requirements in order to deliver the services their residents need. Currently, fiber technology is the preferred method of delivery for broadband services, and whether the infrastructure is being deployed above or below ground, the impact it will have in the community is one of the challenges they face as they move forward. The Shutesbury Broadband Committee in Massachusetts is looking to improve the Internet access in its community by deploying a fiber optic cable infrastructure, which will be 100 times faster than the existing technology in Shutesbury.
11/3/2014 5:08:25 PM
How Big is the Private Line Market?
The research firm also predicts an uptick in private line revenue by about 2017, but it has made such predictions before, and as recently as 2012 was predicting continued private line revenue growth.
11/3/2014 2:13:46 PM
Illinois Town Examines Options for Connecting Local Government to Fiber Network
According to published reports, the Village of Huntley, Ill., is evaluating several alternatives that would connect its offices and other sites to fiber optic networks in the area.
11/3/2014 9:37:31 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Allied Fiber, Alcatel-Lucent Moving Up
Dark fiber continued to brighten the lives of a number of cities and regions this week, as the technology continued its outward spread.
11/1/2014 7:00:00 AM
Allied Fiber Building New Networks With Modular Colocation Additions
Everyone knows the saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day", and now they're learning that high-speed fiber connectivity isn't arriving that quickly, either. Still Allied Fiber CEO Hunter Newby is doing his part to move things along by, according to a recent piece at Data Center Knowledge, "creating on-ramps and off-ramps everywhere, tapping dark fiber and modular data centers to bring the core of the Internet closer to the edge of the network."
10/31/2014 7:00:00 AM
Alcatel-Lucent to Deliver 100G Network Connectivity in Nigeria
The availability of fast broadband technology introduces many opportunities for individuals, businesses and the community as whole. Countries around the world are investing heavily in this technology to ensure opportunities can be capitalized on when presented. While developed countries have the necessary capital for deploying the infrastructure with investments from public and private organizations, many developing regions lack the resources to carry out these projects.
10/30/2014 4:15:16 PM
Irish National Carrier eircom Group to Bring 1 Gbps FTTH
The European Union is comprised of 28 countries with a wide range of technological, economical and infrastructural development differences. While Scandinavian countries regularly occupy the top positions in global polls for overall standards, Southern and Eastern Europe are a different matter. This has resulted in regions with world class digital telecommunications solutions and others still using only PSTN.
10/30/2014 4:12:23 PM
Comcast Gearing up to Provide Fast Internet after Trademarking Name
Earlier this month, Comcast applied for a trademark on the term, "True Gig", with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). According to the application, Comcast will use the term to describe various Internet services including high-speed broadband. Although the application is not specific about speeds, it appears that Comcast will soon start offering service with speeds of at least 1 Gbps.
10/30/2014 1:54:06 PM
Where's My Fast Internet? Allied Fiber CEO Has Some Answers
If you read the news, it almost seems like every city in America is getting faster Internet, except yours. Of course that's not the case, but perception can turn into reality rather quickly. Google Fiber is all over the news, as cities vie to be the next "favored child."
10/30/2014 1:13:04 PM
Global ISPs Unsure about Gigiabit Access Demand
That might not be too surprising, given the huge gap between gigabit speeds--and potential business models--and typical speeds in most regions. Global average connection speeds were 4.6 Mbps in the second quarter of 2014, for example. The global average peak connection speed was 25.4 Mbps, according to Akamai.
10/30/2014 9:44:30 AM
Princeton Residents to Vote on Broadband
Broadband is increasingly becoming a necessity in today's digital world. However, the costs associated broadband is high because it requires the installation of fiber optic cables and other infrastructure. To overcome this cost barrier, city governments have to borrow money. Since this additional money is going to be borne by the residents of the city, it is only logical to involve them in this decision. Hence, many cities are asking their residents to vote on whether they are willing to bear the additional burden that comes with having high-speed Internet access in their respective cities.
10/29/2014 8:41:41 AM
O2 Selects Zayo Group to Manage Dark Fiber Network in UK
U.K. telecommunications company O2, the commercial brand of Telefonica UK Limited, has selected Zayo Group, a global provider of comprehensive bandwidth infrastructure services, to provide and manage a fully resilient core fiber network throughout the country. The agreement was signed with a contracted term of 15 years.
10/29/2014 8:36:29 AM
Fiber Network in Ohio Struggling to Attain Self-Sufficiency
The Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN) has had its share of struggles lately. Since over $14 million in bonds for the project were issued in 2010, it has failed to generate enough revenue to stand on its own. As a result, the government of Medina County and several municipalities must cover the shortfall.
10/28/2014 6:52:07 PM
Ikanos Announces Traffic Analyzer for Carriers, Broadband Subscribers
Ikanos Communications has made an announcement about the Traffic Analyzer, a new capability of the company's inSIGHT Broadband eXperience Manager (BXM), Ikanos' diagnostics and analytics software solution.
10/28/2014 2:06:47 PM
Illinois' McHenry County Looks to Join the Fray of Local Fiber Networks
Ever since Google Fiber really got the ball rolling, more and more areas are looking at fiber networks to address a major problem: lack of bandwidth. While cable companies and other Internet service providers (ISPs) look instead to fast lanes and bandwidth caps, some places are taking the matter into more local hands and bringing in fiber service to accommodate the growing demands for bandwidth. A new report from the Northwest Herald says that McHenry County in Illinois is set to be one more, with a $2.11 million construction project in the works to bring fiber service to the region.
10/28/2014 1:27:41 PM
WebNMS Partners with VeEX to Offer Multi-Vendor Carrier Ethernet Network Management Solutions
WebNMS, a provider of multi-vendor network management and IoT solutions, and VeEX Inc., a Telecom and CATV test solutions provider, made an announcement that they are in partnership to offer Carrier Ethernet network management solutions.
10/28/2014 1:08:02 PM
Zayo's IPO Bullish in the New York Stock Exchange
When it comes to raising significant capital for growth, many companies decide to go the IPO path. But before that you need to build up your credentials. Colorado-based fiber network company, Zayo has been doing that for years, building strength through mergers, acquisitions, strategic partnerships and investments on network expansions.
10/28/2014 12:48:27 PM
FirstLight Fiber Partners with ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider, recently announced the company will provide Internet service to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, an award-winning LEED-certified facility in Burlington, VT.
10/27/2014 6:24:51 PM
Durham Takes Matters into its own Hands When it comes to Gigabit Broadband
Stamford, Conn.-based Frontier Communications Corporation provides telephone and Internet services to residential and commercial customers along the East Coast.
10/27/2014 11:54:19 AM
Sparsely-Populated Arkansas County to Get High-Speed Fiber
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced recently that ArkWest Communications, Inc. had been awarded $24 million in telecommunications infrastructure loans.
10/27/2014 9:17:28 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Allied Fiber and G.Fast
"Dig we must" seems to be the mantra these days of the Dark Fiber industry as it continues its nationwide expansion, and we have all the details.
10/25/2014 7:20:00 AM
Don't Forget Fiber When it Comes to G.fast
G.fast is getting a large promotional push this month, and with good reason. The ability to deliver gigabit and faster speeds over existing copper is a powerful tool for bringing higher speed broadband faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. While people go goo-goo for G.Fast, let's not forget it will be fiber doing the heavy lifting.
10/23/2014 5:30:43 PM
Allied Fiber Forging Ahead in Southeast Dark Fiber Build-Out
Anyone who's in the business of looking for faster Internet speeds is aware of the benefits of Dark Fiber. It's why folks across the country are clamoring to be the next "chosen city" for Google and its promise of fast Internet.
10/23/2014 7:00:00 AM
CenturyLink, Switch SUPERNAP Announce Strategic Agreement
CenturyLink, Inc., the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, and Switch SUPERNAP, the super-scale technology solutions company led by inventor and solutionist Rob Roy, have inked strategic agreement.
10/22/2014 3:20:28 PM
Aethra Showcases the First Reverse Powered G.Fast Multi Port FTTdp System
Aethra Telecommunications, in association with ADTRAN, will showcase its first G.Fast reverse powered fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) multi-port systems at an industry forum.
10/22/2014 7:26:01 AM
Washington State: 'Dark Fiber is Taxable'
The Washington State Department of Revenue is going after dark fiber as source of tax revenue, claiming that a telecommunications company's lease of dark fiber is competitive telephone services and thus subject to retail sales tax.
10/22/2014 6:50:00 AM
Windstream Signs Contract with Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Windstream, a provider of advanced network and cloud communications, recently announced it will deliver a Virtual LAN Service (VLS) network for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. As per the $1.1 million contract, Windstream will subcontract the VLS network to Komplete Systems Integrators, Inc. (KOMPSYS), a successfully graduated 8(a) company and service disabled veteran owned small business.
10/21/2014 5:20:30 PM
Telco Systems Debuts CloudMetro 100, New Open Metro Edge Solution
The newly unveiled CloudMetro 100 from Telco Systems, a provider of SDN and NFV and multi-service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS edge solutions, is termed as the first ever 10GE open metro edge solution that is designed specifically for virtualized IT services over the network.
10/21/2014 12:09:07 PM
FirstLight Fiber Acquires Assets of G4 Communications
FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider, recently announced the acquisition of the assets of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications, a provider of high speed data and voice communication solutions.
10/21/2014 11:27:25 AM
Comings & Goings: Ronan Kelly is New ADTRAN CTO for EMEA, Asia Pacific Region
Ronan Kelly has been appointed as ADTRAN's CTO for the EMEA and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions.
10/21/2014 9:52:10 AM
Mississippi City Joins C Spire's Technology Initiative
C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, recently announced that it will offer ultra-fast 1Gbps Fiber to the Home broadband Internet access for residents of city of Jackson, MS.
10/21/2014 9:40:30 AM
G.fast Internet Delivers Ultra-Broadband Internet Using Existing Infrastructure
Telekom Austria Group recently announced that its domestic subsidiary A1 and its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent have succeeded in developing and demonstrating G.fast, a revolutionary new technology that provides ultra-broadband Internet using the existing copper lines in buildings.
10/20/2014 6:59:02 PM
Bedford Park, IL Receives Ultra-High-Speed Fiber Internet
Bedford Park, a small village near Chicago with a successful business sector, will enjoy significant growth thanks to Comcast's decision to expand its fiber network in the area. The Chicago Sun Times reported on this development, citing massive benefits for businesses who will now have access to the "fastest downloads on the market."
10/20/2014 6:54:33 PM
G.fast Cabling Offers Good Intermediate Solution for Areas Where FTTH is not Feasible
Although gigabit-level Internet services like Google Fiber or AT&T GigaPower are getting a lot of press lately, many people will not be able to access these high-speed networks right away. Infrastructure or terrain limitations can make it too costly to install fiber all the way to each home in the area.
10/20/2014 5:21:47 PM
TW Telecom Boosts Nationwide Expansion Spree
tw telecom, a provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, recently announced the expansion of operations into St. Paul, MN., and surrounding western suburbs.
10/20/2014 10:39:17 AM
United Fiber & Data Establishes Point of Presence at 325 Hudson
United Fiber & Data, a provider of fiber networking and broadband solutions, recently announced that it had established a Point of Presence (PoP) at 325 Hudson, the carrier-neutral core interconnection facility in New York City.
10/20/2014 10:28:31 AM
Grover Beach Approves Engineering and Design Plans for Fiber Network
The city of Grover Beach, Calif., is getting closer to having a fiber-optic network installed. According to New Times, a local news publication, the city council voted 4-0 to approve design and engineering plans from Digital West.
10/20/2014 10:21:48 AM
Equinox TeleLink selected by Broadview Networks
Equinox Information Systems, a Nashville-based company that provides business assurance solutions, recently announced that its TeleLink solution has been selected by Broadview Networks.
10/20/2014 10:09:45 AM
U.S. Internet Sees Gigabit Fiber Rollout in Twin Cities by 2020
U.S. Internet is in the beginning stages of a multi-year plan to install a fiber-optic network that would provide Minnesota's Twin Cities area with 1 Gbps speeds.
10/20/2014 8:16:39 AM
Tw Telecom to Expand Network in Baltimore
tw telecom, a provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, recently announced its plans to expand its network in Baltimore.
10/20/2014 7:30:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review:Google Wireless?
It was another fruitful week in Dark Fiber, as the technology continued its healthy expansion, and we've got all the highlights.
10/18/2014 7:00:00 AM
Clearfield Opens New Facility in Tijuana, Hires New Director of Global Manufacturing
Clearfield, Inc. recently expanded its management team with the appointment of industry expert Jim Henschel as the director of global manufacturing. The firm also enhanced its manufacturing capacity by opening a managed facility in Tijuana, Mexico.
10/17/2014 5:56:21 PM
Feds Investigate Frontier's West Virginia Fiber Build
Construction and corruption seem to be a classic combination, like ham and cheese, or Beyonce and Jay-Z. In the latest suspected case, the U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general is looking into the books for a $42 million fiber-optic cable network that Frontier Communications built with federal stimulus funds in West Virginia.
10/17/2014 8:59:33 AM
Google Looking into Wireless Service on Par with Google Fiber
Ask anyone who's ever used wireless Internet service for any length of time and you might well wish you hadn't. Wireless Internet users-particularly those who use it at the home in the form of things like satellite Internet or other wireless-often discover that the service has substantial issues of quality, with tight limits on overall use and even weather-based outages. But when Google starts talking wireless service, well, that's a reason to sit up and take notice, and that's just what Google's talking about lately.
10/16/2014 4:17:16 PM
QLogic and Brocade Collaborate to Advance Fiber Channel SAN Fabric Connectivity
QLogic, a company specializing in Fibre Channel adapters has added new functionality to its QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters.
10/16/2014 3:24:01 PM
AT&T Floats Personal Internet 'Fast Lanes' Proposal to FCC
AT&T has offered what it believes is a compromise between the net neutrality and its own Internet "fast lanes": giving users the choice to prioritize their own traffic.
10/16/2014 6:30:00 AM
zColo Partners with Netflix to Become Founding Member of FL-IX
zColo, the colocation division of global bandwidth infrastructure provider Zayo Group, LLC, has partnered with Netflix to be the primary infrastructure sponsor of the new Florida Internet Exchange (FL-IX).
10/15/2014 5:22:13 PM
Terabit Fiber Blown Away in BT, Huawei Testing
It was easy to think, for a while, that terabit fiber would be the next big thing in Internet access, and would likely remain so for some time to come as the concept started to develop outward and hopefully reach most of the world in short order. But as is so often the case with technology, it moves quickly, and now, the idea of terabit fiber has been officially lapped-three-fold-by a new development from Huawei and British Telecom (BT).
10/15/2014 12:42:28 PM
Super-Fast Internet Comes to Rural Vermont - But is it Really the Fastest?
So far, only a handful of cities have broadband advertised at speeds of 1 Gbps. Google Fiber is up and running in parts of Kansas City and will soon be functional in Austin, Tex. AT&T has some installations and plans to expand to other large metro areas. Other areas have gigabit service from either local providers or from cities that provided the infrastructure like Chattanooga, Tenn. or Lafayette, La.
10/15/2014 10:08:01 AM
TIM Brasil Making Long Haul DWDM Network Smarter with Coriant's Multi-Haul Transport Platform
Hosting international events come with both boons and banes. While on one hand, it contributes immensely to national prestige, on the other, it is a matter of enormous national expenditure.
10/14/2014 5:43:25 PM
Finger Lakes Technologies Establishes a New Office in Endicott
Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (FLTG), an affiliate of the Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC) and a Cisco premier certified partner are family owned and operated, a rarity in today's consolidated multi-national telecom markets. However, that doesn't mean they're not looking for new markets, and expanding into new regions when the opportunities present themselves.
10/14/2014 5:29:13 PM
Global Capacity Partners with Granite Telecommunications
Global Capacity, a network connectivity company, recently announced that its One Marketplace platform has been selected by Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of voice, data, and networking services, for fast Ethernet, gigabit Ethernet and private line connectivity. With the solution, Granite will be able to streamline the process of off-net service procurement, which will help the company expand its data and IP products. The company will be able to provide services to over three million additional business locations and data centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
10/14/2014 5:18:05 PM
Underwater Cable will soon be Reality to Unite Latin America and the US
To keep up with customer's needs and demands, Algar Telecom (Brazil), Angola Cables (Angola), Antel (Uruguay) and Google have teamed up to start building a new undersea fiber-optic cable stretched for 10,556 km (6,560 miles) long with six fiber pairs.
10/14/2014 4:49:07 PM
Silverton Finally Getting High-Speed Internet
In 2009, the Obama administration authorized $7.2 billion as part of the federal broadband stimulus program with the goal of increasing accessibility and affordability of high-speed Internet services to many underserved rural communities across the country. This initiative is responsible for making the technology available to communities that have limited Internet and in some cases never had it before. Silverton, Colorado is one of the communities that will be benefiting from the funding it received as part of the stimulus program.
10/14/2014 11:36:40 AM
Alabama City Moving Forward with Fiber Optic Network
The federal government has invested more than $7 billion to ensure broadband technology is readily available across every community in the United States regardless of size or location. While this initiative has introduced fast Internet service to many communities around the country, there are still challenges when it comes to deploying the infrastructure that is required to provide the services. Dothan City, Alabama is one of the communities in the process of installing its fiber optic cable infrastructure to tie in its fire department and city services, with the eventual goal of having everyone connected.
10/14/2014 11:11:04 AM
Small Colorado Mountain Town Finally Gets Broadband
A combination of challenging terrain and vendors that failed to deliver left the town of Silverton, Colo. without broadband Internet service for years, but now that has changed. According to the Denver Post, an operation resulting from the combined efforts of a federal program and an Internet service provider (ISP) has finally installed fiber-optic cable to the remote area.
10/13/2014 2:21:23 PM
Interface Masters Technologies Continues to Offer Key Products for High Speed Networking Systems
Interface Masters Technologies is a vendor in high speed networking systems. Offerings include Bypass, TAP, switches and smart NIC products.
10/13/2014 1:47:10 PM
Split Decision on UTOPIA Leaves Future Unknown
Uncertainty and disagreement exists among the 11 cities overseeing the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA), a high-speed fiber-optic network that remains partially constructed and financially unstable more than a decade after its introduction. Six UTOPIA cities voted over the summer to proceed with a study by Australian investment firm Macquarie Capital Group to finish, upgrade and run the system for 30 years. The other five cities rejected the proposal in view of opposition from residents.
10/13/2014 1:28:46 PM
AT&T Completes Austin Gigabit Upgrade Ahead of Schedule
AT&T says it has upgraded all Austin market "U-verse with AT&T GigaPower" customers to speeds reaching up to 1 Gbps. AT&T originally upgraded speeds to 300 Mbps, as part of the planned upgrade to gigabit speeds in 2014.
10/13/2014 1:23:59 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Google Still in the News, but Others are Rising
It was another expansive week in the Dark Fiber world, as the network continued spreading, bringing speed and convenience to the masses. We have some of the highlights.
10/11/2014 7:00:00 AM
Google High-Speed Fiber in State of Inertia?
The research firm however believes that Google has nothing to worry about as there is significant opportunity to capture market share. "Google has a real foothold in the mobile phone market with its Android operating system, and they should leverage that," said Haynes.
10/10/2014 9:53:07 AM
Solveforce Expands Choice
Internet connection has long ceased to be a luxury; it is a necessity for every household. From information gathering to communication, from parenting to entertainment, almost every aspect of modern living is dependent on Internet. Internet connection is not only required for computers, people need bandwidth for other external devices such as fax machines and e-book reading hardware.
10/10/2014 9:48:15 AM
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Select MASS Communications Services
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), an organization that provides mental health and social services to more than 35,000 New Yorkers in 50 locations, has recently decided to switch to fiber and replace its existing analog network.
10/9/2014 5:00:13 PM
WV PSC Rules on Citynet Complaint against Frontier
Citynet is a telecom that operates out of Bridgeport, W.Va. and provides Internet service primarily to businesses in its coverage area. It works alongside Frontier and has previously signed an interconnection agreement with Frontier to be able to lease unused fiber lines from the Verizon network. Recently, Citynet filed a complaint with the West Virginia Public Service Commission to have it investigate a breach of that agreement.
10/9/2014 4:57:15 PM
Reflective Group's RG Fiber Eager to Build the 'Silicon Prairie'
There are a lot of great things about living in the country. The comparative quiet, lower crime rates, lower population density that yields plenty of those wide-open spaces and even the view of the stars at night. But one thing that's often lacking when it comes to country living is the access to high-speed connectivity, and that's a development that some firms-like Reflective Group in Baldwin City, Kansas-are eager to overcome, according to reports from the Baker Orange.
10/9/2014 3:54:23 PM
EE Gets into Video
U.K. mobile and fixed line operator EE is getting into the entertainment video business in a new way. And there is a twist. Its newest offer apparently includes 70 channels, all available at no incremental charge for EE customers buying mobile and fixed high speed access service from the company.
10/9/2014 9:02:29 AM
Unite Private Networks adds 600 Miles of New Fiber-Optic Network in Nebraska
Unite Private Networks (UPN), a company that provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and services recently announced it is expanding its fiber network in Nebraska. The new network will connect the majority of the businesses located in Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding communities throughout central and eastern Nebraska.
10/8/2014 5:09:57 PM
Clearfield's FieldSmart ZoneBox Hits the Market
The FieldSmart ZoneBox is a new ceiling/floor mount panel introduced by Clearfield, Inc. This new system is craft-friendly and can be a perfect match for the transition point inside of buildings, and either sub floor mounted, ceiling mounted, or screwed to the wall.
10/8/2014 12:07:03 PM
Tower Cloud Enhances Product Portfolio with Ethernet Private Line Services
Financial and educational institutions, healthcare providers, government agencies and other organizations constantly need to move vast amounts of data quickly across secure connections. They require high-speed, low-latency, scalable Ethernet to support their business-critical applications, which Tower Cloud is now positioned to provide with its new Ethernet private line service.
10/6/2014 3:42:50 PM
Windstream Initiates Second Phase of 100G Long-Haul Express Network
Windstream, a company offering cloud computing and managed services to businesses nationwide, has announced that it has started the second phase of its 100 Gigabit per second long-haul express network deployment.
10/6/2014 2:49:05 PM
Anite Plc Acquires Xceed Technologies
Anite has been expanding rigorously, and recently acquired Xceed Technologies Inc., a U.S.-based software company that specializes in offering data-agnostic solutions for network optimization, analysis and reporting.
10/6/2014 2:26:11 PM
Tiger Infrastructure to Acquire Majority Interest in Hudson Fiber Network
Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm, recently announced an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Hudson Fiber Network, a data transport provider. Q Advisors LLC, a Denver and San Francisco boutique investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Hudson Fiber Network. Perkins Coie LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP served as legal advisors during the transaction.
10/6/2014 12:34:56 PM
Global Capacity Partners with INDATEL
Businesses prefer Ethernet connectivity as its more reliable and it consumes less power. They offer faster connections than the traditional lines as well as more flexibility. Other features like easy and rapid deployment have made Ethernet a preferred technology for business users.
10/6/2014 11:23:21 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Bigger is Always Better
The dark fiber space had no shortage of news this week, with expansion proving to be a common theme. Let's take a loop around the block, and review the week that was-that's right, it's time for the week in review!
10/4/2014 7:02:00 AM
Vodafone Inaugurates New Point-of-Presence
In order to provide more connectivity options to its customers located in the USA, Canada and South America, Vodafone has recently inaugurated new Points-of-Presence (PoPs).
10/3/2014 4:50:24 PM
Tata Communications Unveils Connected World II
So how would you feel if you had to live without internet for a couple days, or maybe a few hours? Are you haunted by the terrifying thought of not having access to your emails, favorite social networking sites and other goodies doled out to you on the internet?
10/3/2014 4:43:17 PM
Allied Fiber Nearly Ready to Connect the Southeast
The march of fiber in the United States is carrying on unabated. Google Fiber is hotly sought after, and so many communities are eager to get in on the action that said communities have realized the chances of getting Google Fiber in play is so slim as to be almost nonexistent, instead turning to municipal fiber networks to get that fiber connectivity in place. Allied Fiber, meanwhile, has been working to hook up the passage between Jacksonville and Atlanta, and the work is nearly complete.
10/3/2014 4:37:24 PM
tw telecom Expands Network in San Diego
In an attempt to meet demand for its industry-leading portfolio of data and Internet services, tw telecom, has decided to expand its network in San Diego. The company has invested in the northern San Diego metro area and is looking to reach the fast growing business parks of Carlsbad.
10/3/2014 11:59:53 AM
Six Degrees Group Selects Zayo to Deploy Resilient Dark Fiber Ring in London
Six Degrees Group (6DG), a converged technology infrastructure provider, has announced that it plans to boost fiber footprint with the help of Zayo Group.
10/1/2014 5:06:21 PM
GL Unveils MAPS ISDN and LAPD Conformance Test Suite for ISDN Protocols
GL Communications, a supplier of test, monitoring, and analysis equipment unveiled its latest MAPS ISDN and LAPD Conformance test suite, designed to help service providers check their ISDN network for conformity to standard specifications.
10/1/2014 11:30:20 AM
Zayo Spreads Network into BYTEGRID's Maryland Data Center
Dark fiber optic networks provide companies numerous advantages. Usually, a dark fiber network will have dual paths of communication or a ring configuration. If there is a cut in the fiber or equipment failure, the users can switch back to another communication signal.
10/1/2014 10:29:50 AM
Network Infrastructure Investment - It's a Jungle Out There
Amazon.com Inc. has continued to innovate, inspire, and invest in the future of not only retail commerce, but also the entire outsourced cloud computing universe. It is not without risk though.
9/30/2014 6:33:28 PM
Volo to Provide Urbana-Champaign Region with Gigabit Fiber Service
The metropolitan area of Urbana-Champaign will soon receive gigabit-speed fiber optic broadband service as Internet service provider Volo Broadband continues to expand its services throughout the state of Illinois.
9/30/2014 2:07:25 PM
United States Air Force Awards Contract to Windstream
United States Air Force has awarded a contract to Windstream to provide Robins Air Force Base with diverse voice communication services.
9/30/2014 12:40:14 PM
tw telecom Announces Expansion of Nationwide Network
Continuing with the expansion of its metro fiber footprint across the country, tw telecom has now introduced its service in Cleveland.
9/30/2014 11:01:59 AM
California Town Might be Next Hub for Google Fiber
While other towns are less than patiently waiting for Google Fiber to choose them as the next step in the high speed Internet process, Mountain View, California seems to think it has the inside track. The small town thinks progress is being made in luring the Internet giant to the area, and the Mountain View Voice reports city officials made the announcement late last week.
9/29/2014 12:32:03 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Google, AT&T Make Their Moves
The Dark Fiber market continued its expansion this week, with Google once again leading the pack. Here are the details.
9/27/2014 7:00:00 AM
Can Fiber Backhaul Take the Place of Microwave?
Light Reading recently conducted its own informal poll of its readers and asked them their opinion of what is best for wireless telecommunications backhaul.
9/26/2014 5:04:10 PM
Missouri City Explores Offering Broadband Service, Gets Resistance from Local Provider
The city of Columbia, Mo. is about to issue a request for proposals to develop a business plan for the city's water and light department (WLD) to activate the dark fiber portion of its network. The idea has drawn opposition from one provider on the grounds that it creates a publicly funded business that competes against the private sector.
9/26/2014 10:06:48 AM
BT Test Shows 'Near-Gigabit' Speeds
Historically, times of technology transition result in "hybrid" approaches. Thus, one sees hybrid computing environments partly using cloud and also premises-based data centers.
9/26/2014 9:14:01 AM
Google Invests in Eemshaven
Google is constantly looking to improve and expand its business to cater to a constantly growing number of Internet users. To this end, it has begun to look beyond North America, as is evident from the recent strategic investments made by the company. It is increasingly targeting Europe where the demand for its services, ranging from Gmail to YouTube, has soared.
9/25/2014 7:49:33 AM
Should the FCC Regulate Dark Fiber?
"If the provider is legally compelled to provide a service as common carriage or if a service is offered to the public or a class of the public indiscriminately, then it is most likely common carriage," Lowe explained. "If, on the other hand, the lessor of dark fiber determines with whom to lease the fiber, when and on what basis, it is private carriage, which is not subject to the jurisdiction of the FCC or, in most instances, the states."
9/25/2014 7:41:51 AM
Google Fiber Planning Major Expansion: Is Your Town on the List?
There are few developments of the new millennium-now just under 15 years old-that have been more eagerly sought after than Google Fiber. An ultra-high-speed connection without bandwidth cap, it tests nearly everything that we've come to know about bandwidth and connectivity. But new reports from Nasdaq.com suggest that Google has some major expansion plans in the works, and a new connection may be coming soon to a city near you.
9/24/2014 6:05:59 PM
Size Doesn't Matter: Telecom Company Bringing Broadband Fiber to Small NM Town
While there are many communities around the country measuring their broadband capabilities in gigabits, there are also communities that have yet to deploy regular broadband technology.
9/24/2014 6:00:00 AM
The How To of FTTH
The need for voice, video and Internet access services, specifically high-speed Internet access, is nowhere more noticeable than within the local communities across the U.S. They know what they don't have and can very easily make the connection between the economic prosperity of the communities that have it and their own plight. The how to for these communities is always the biggest question.
9/23/2014 5:36:36 PM
AT&T Business Fiber Delivers Faster Broadband Speeds
These days, 'speed' is the name of the game for Internet service providers, whether it is to deliver content to individual consumers on a mobile device or a large organization accessing cloud solutions.
9/23/2014 2:22:25 PM
Santa Monica's is the First 100 Gigabit Municipal Fiber Network in the US
Santa Monica, California's upgrade of its fiber optic network capacity makes it the first municipal broadband network in the country to achieve speed to 100 Gigabits per second.
9/23/2014 2:08:33 PM
Lightower Announces Expansion of All-Fiber Footprint
Lightower Fiber Networks is a company that has nearly 20 years of experience in providing fiber-based networking solutions. Recently, the firm revealed that it has expanded its all fiber network in the downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
9/23/2014 11:06:22 AM
Unite Private Networks to Further Expand Fiber Network
Unite Private Networks (UPN), a company that provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and services recently announced it is expanding its fiber network in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The new network will connect the majority of the central business district in Iowa as well as neighboring Omaha.
9/22/2014 10:16:29 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Cincinnati Bell, FirstLight Fiber Shine
It was another week of growth and expansion in the dark fiber market, and we have all the updates.
9/20/2014 7:00:00 AM
Lightower Establishes Network Presence in Downtown Philadelphia
Thanks to a bevy of new programs introduced by Mayor Michael Nutter's administration, Philadelphia is now the preferred destination for the seasoned entrepreneurs as well as budding businessmen seeking to start or expand their ventures. The city's downtown area is now the home of a number of startups and growing technology companies.
9/19/2014 1:08:43 PM
Wilcon Expands with New Fiber Network Ring
To keep up with customer's needs and demands, Wilcon has recently announced a new fiber network ring joining downtown Los Angeles and El Segundo.
9/19/2014 10:13:48 AM
Cincinnati Bell Stakes Future on Gigabit Access
Telcos often have to make hard decisions. If asked what product line drives consumer segment revenue and revenue growth for a service provider in North America, what would you offer as a response?
9/16/2014 3:21:49 PM
FirstLight Fiber, Maine Fiber Company Team to Offer Internet Service to Underserved Areas
FirstLight Fiber is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners. The company offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products, including dedicated Internet access, Ethernet, traditional TDM solutions, SIP trunks, virtual PBX and audio conferencing, managed commercial wireless systems, and data center colocation.
9/15/2014 6:50:25 PM
Increased 4G Deployments Positively Impacting Dark Fiber Backhaul Services
The deployment of 4G services is supposed to provide mobile wireless devices with broadband speeds, but as more consumers continue to opt for data services, the infrastructure is facing challenges . In order to manage the explosion in network traffic, wireless operators are choosing optical fiber in place of legacy technologies such as copper and microwave as the best solution for their backhaul infrastructure to cope with the bandwidth demands of 4G LTE services.
9/15/2014 6:44:32 PM
Triax Adds Entropic-based MoCA Ethernet-to Coax Adapters
The MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) solution is a platform that turns coaxial cable already installed in a consumer's house into high-speed, whole-home entertainment network for multi-room DVR, online gaming, delivery of video content from the Internet, easy PC-to-TV content sharing, Wi-Fi extension, place shifting and more.
9/15/2014 6:40:18 PM
St. Louis Discusses Upgrading to Ultra-High-Speed Fiber Network at Broadband Summit
St. Louis remembers, with just a little bitterness, the famous contest Google put on in 2010 to determine which U.S. city would be the testing site for the company's brand new ultra-high-speed fiber network, and how it ended up going to Kansas City on the other end of the state. Offering Internet speeds over 100 times faster than a standard connection, Google Fiber promised to attract a business boom and provide numerous other community enhancements to the city, and it certainly delivered just that.
9/15/2014 3:55:24 PM
Alabama Town Takes Advantage of Fiber Network to Reach Schools, Libraries
Tuscaloosa, Ala. has a decade-long advantage on its competition when it comes to being a candidate for a city-wide broadband network. An intelligent traffic system supported by an existing 44-mile fiber network has existed beneath city streets for several years, and now city officials are working to optimize the cable to meet the needs of broadband.
9/15/2014 1:54:17 PM
Jacksonville to Receive GigaPower
Jacksonville, Fla. is now among the growing list of U.S. cities that can claim to have their own gigabit-speed Internet. A prominent telecommunications company will soon enter the city to provide it with broadband with speeds the likes it has never before seen.
9/15/2014 1:12:38 PM
Alabama Looking To Adopt Fiber Without Google's Help
While a number of different communities are waiting and hoping they will be the next chosen for Google Fiber, other companies are working to fill the void. It seems as if the southern part of the United States especially is moving forward, operating as though there is very little chance there will be Google Fiber in the area anytime soon. In Huntsville, Alabama the town has been working hard on getting Google to come. By contrast, Tuscaloosa is going a different route with 44 miles of fiber already laid the city leadership is working to get even more access.
9/15/2014 1:07:11 PM
Many Factors to Consider Before Choosing Fiber Broadband
When signing up for fiber-based broadband, it helps to be aware of the different aspects of the service. At the very least, a basic knowledge of how fiber service works can help businesses and consumers make sure their various ISPs are not trying to pull a fast one on them, and at most, it can turn them into savvy customers that look around for the best deals and the most reliable connections.
9/15/2014 1:03:49 PM
New Partnerships Creates World's First Hybrid Fiber plus Digital Channel Stacking Switch Multi-switch
The Internet of Things (IoT) will be connecting virtually everything in the world, and if things go according to Cisco's forecast, there will 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
9/15/2014 11:26:00 AM
Research Shows Ethernet Switch Market Faced Challenges in Q2
Unlike traditional Ethernet in which all hosts compete for the same bandwidth, switched Ethernet is becoming more popular because the bandwidth can be extended.
9/15/2014 11:15:22 AM
Vermont Set to Increase Broadband Availability Over the Mountains
The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), along with ECFiber, has announced plans to develop broadband expansion in several East-Central Vermont cities for consumers and businesses.
9/15/2014 8:17:02 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: Google Fiber Still Dominating
In citizens' and businesses' ongoing 'need for speed', the dark fiber industry continues to grow. Here's the latest from this growing arena.
9/13/2014 7:00:00 AM
R&M Introduces FO Field Solution
R&M, supplier of passive cabling solutions for high-quality communication networks, recently introduced its FO Field solution, which is believed to be the first high-end alternative to fiber splicing.
9/12/2014 3:09:26 PM
Will Kentucky Be Home to the Next Gigabit City?
Some places are known for strange things, and for strange reasons. Centralia in Pennsylvania, for example, is known for a fire that's reportedly been burning continuously under the city since 1962. But Lexington, Kentucky has a plan to be known for a totally different reason; it wants to join the ranks of the "Gigabit Cities." According to a report from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington's mayor, Jim Gray, has a plan to do just that.
9/12/2014 12:18:44 PM
Global Fiber Optics Market to Reach $3 Billion by 2019
The global fiber optics market will reach a value of $3 billion, according to a new report that predicts this segment to grow at a CAGR of 5.1 percent between 2014 and 2019.
9/12/2014 11:32:59 AM
Vodafone Brings In-Home 4K Content to Germany with Broadcom IPTV Set-top Box
"Broadcom's pioneering Ultra HD technology will enable Ultra HD content for millions of potential Vodafone's fixed broadband subscribers," Rich Nelson, senior vice president of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group, Broadcom said in a statement.
9/12/2014 11:29:32 AM
Rice University Researchers Use UHF Spectrum to Provide Broadband in Rural Areas
The U.S. government has launched several initiatives to make broadband technology available in rural areas. While they are making progress, there are still millions of people in these communities still waiting for broadband Internet services. This is primarily based on the unwillingness of operators to invest in these areas because the customer base is very small. One way to overcome this hurdle is by using existing infrastructure, and that is what researchers at the Rice University's Wireless Network Group have done. They made their presentation at the Association for Computing Machinery's MobiCom 2014 conference in Maui, Hawaii with a multiuser, multi-antenna transmission scheme for UHF.
9/11/2014 3:01:31 PM
JDSU Helps Cellcos Avoid the Long, Hard Climb
JDSU introduced the CellAdvisor a few years ago. The solution was first introduced to test all points on convention cell sites. It then evolved to address cell sites with distributed designs, adding a fiber scope to test fiber connectors and test optical power. And now it addresses the tower climbing issue.
9/11/2014 11:19:05 AM
Google Fiber Promises Internet So Fast that Many People Don't Know What to Do with It
Google Fiber is a project aimed at delivering nationwide Internet with speeds of up to one gigabit per second, roughly 100 times the average American's Internet access speed. Google has already delivered the high-speed service to places like Kansas City, Austin and Provo, and so far there seem to be no complaints. However, there is also a significant lack of satisfaction as well, due to the fact that the Internet is so much faster that users are having a hard time actually using all of that speed, according to Pop Herald.
9/10/2014 3:58:57 PM
FiberTech Networks Pumping Fresh Oxygen into Detroit Job Market
There is no denying that the construction of fiber optic cable infrastructure is expensive and time-consuming, but the recurring benefits soon outweigh the huge costs and efforts.
9/10/2014 2:29:00 PM
AT&T, Verizon Convinced: Four Mbps Fast Enough for Broadband
For most Internet users out there, the thought of service is mostly focused on speed. Faster speeds, higher caps-if any at all-and the ability to have what a user wants when said user wants it. But a report from Ars Technica reveals AT&T, Verizon and the cable lobby have all recently turned to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Each one was looking to have the FCC hold its ground in terms of the definition of broadband, as opposed to the alternative of increasing the minimum speed required to consider a service broadband access.
9/10/2014 11:48:49 AM
Study: Broadband Competition a 'Game of Gigs'
A group of research universities has released its third annual report, suggesting the pioneers of ultra-high speed broadband provision are changing the entire landscape by nudging traditional telecoms to match their efforts.
9/9/2014 6:00:00 AM
Akado Upgrades Moscow Backbone Network with Infinera DTN-X Platform
Akado Telecom, a multi-service cable network operator in the Moscow region, upgraded its Moscow backbone network by leveraging the features of Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform along with Infinera Instant Bandwidth. The upgraded network now has a transfer capacity of over 100 Gb/s and ensures that Akado is able to deliver high capacity services at a much faster rate.
9/8/2014 6:55:54 PM
RCN Comes to the 'World's Most Famous Office Building'
With soaring height, premium amenities and infrastructure, and a bevy of first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world, the Empire State Building (ESB) is easily the "World's Most Famous Office Building." RCN boasts a wholly-owned, state-of-the-art fiber-rich network is all set to offer premium communication services to the distinguished tenants of the building through diverse points of entry.
9/8/2014 6:53:38 PM
tw telecom's Smart Networking Solutions for the Boston Area Businesses Moving to Cloud
It appears that tw telecom, the well known business Ethernet and networking solutions provider is undergoing an expansion spree. As part of its nationwide expansion project, the company is busy extending its network in key markets. It is also accelerating the density of its metro-fiber footprint in more than a third of its existing markets. This called for new hiring in almost all branches of the company's operation including sales, supports and operations. As a result, the company is expanding its sales force, including sales, support and operations personnel to support this project.
9/8/2014 5:20:11 PM
Gigabit Broadband Spreading Throughout Mississippi
The city of Jackson, Miss., has contracted a wireless broadband service provider to deliver fiber to the home (FTTH) high-speed Internet service to individual neighborhoods in the area.
9/8/2014 2:24:00 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review: The FCC, AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent
It was an interesting time in the Dark Fiber arena this week, as major companies announced new initiatives even as they fought back against municipalities attempting to launch their own networks.
9/6/2014 8:00:00 AM
Telecom Industry Opposes Municipal Broadband as Wisdom of Public Option Is Debated
Not everyone supports the plan to encourage Internet service from community governments that compete with offerings from the private sector.
9/5/2014 9:31:24 AM
Gigabit-Level Internet Service from AT&T Scheduled to Arrive in St. Louis in 2015
In a recent article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, AT&T recently announced intentions to start providing gigabit-level Internet service to parts of the area as soon as next year. St. Louis is one of 25 metropolitan areas across the U.S. that the telecom company sought to provide its U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service.
9/4/2014 4:21:57 PM
Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica to Deploy a 100 Gbps Optical Network in Spain
Alcatel-Lucent would develop 100G (gigabits-per second) optical network for Telefonica, one of the world's largest telecommunications service providers, throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.
9/4/2014 2:37:34 PM
HFR Collaborates with WebNMS for Carrier Ethernet Mobile Network Solutions
Smart companies are seeing the importance of collaboration, and believe they can achieve more when they collaborate, particularly on a global scale. HFR, a network equipment company in Korea, and WebNMS, a division of Zoho Corp., and a provider of network orchestration solutions, are also into collaboration. Recently HFR signed a partnership agreement with Zoho's WebNMS.
9/4/2014 11:16:28 AM
Comcast's Plan for Oregon Competition, a Small Boost in Prices
Things haven't been going well for Comcast at all these days. It took back the Worst Company in America slot in "The Consumerist" annual rankings after losing the title twice to EA, a series of recorded customer service calls have slapped the company's already-tarnished public image, and increasingly, competition is emerging in the field to offer up the services that people want from a name that isn't quite so familiar. In the face of all that, it would be easy to think that Comcast has a plan to win customers back, but word from "The Oregonian" says that its plan in Oregon is a little counter-intuitive: specifically, a small increase in price.
9/4/2014 11:07:37 AM
Domed Stadium or Faster Internet? Which Would You Choose?
A local news source in Alabama released an opinion piece recently detailing why it believes the city would be better off spending $500 million on a citywide fiber-optic network instead of a domed stadium.
9/4/2014 6:00:00 AM
Security Experts Fear Google's Trans-Pacific Fiber Optic Project Might Fall Prey to the NSA
For some time now, Google has been planning on constructing a massive fiber optic cable to stretch across the entire Pacific Ocean, connecting the United States and Japan with a high speed data pathway. Expected to transmit up to 60 terabits of data per second, the cable is supported by Google partners like SingTel and China Telecom Global and is operating under the name FASTER.
9/3/2014 5:45:33 PM
Growing Gigabit Broadband Provision Invites Competition
Google Fiber was once the sole U.S. provider that was offering ultra-fast Internet. However, in the past year or so, traditional telecoms such as AT&T have gotten wise to the Google method.
9/3/2014 1:06:19 PM
Municipal Broadband Continues Struggle with Telecoms
The fight is on between municipalities and private telecoms that both wish to provide U.S. citizens with ultra-fast broadband connectivity.
9/3/2014 12:45:08 PM
Telecom Equipment Provider Announces Support for Gigabit FTTH and G.fast
A national telecommunications network equipment provider this week released a statement detailing its intentions to support current fiber to the home and G.fast technologies.
9/3/2014 12:20:54 PM
XO Communications Establishes PoP at 325 Hudson's Meet Me Room
XO Communications, a provider of advanced IP communications, intelligent networking and cloud computing services, recently announced that it has established an additional point of presence (PoP) at 325 Hudson's Meet Me Room in downtown New York. The move will help XO to expand its presence in the area and provide cost effective PoP to carriers, service providers and enterprises looking to access XO services.
9/2/2014 2:38:48 PM
Lightower Fiber Networks Announces Participation in COVITS Event
Lightower Fiber Networks recently announced to participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium, to be held on Sept. 3 in Richmond, Virginia.
9/2/2014 11:40:54 AM
Telstra Forms Partnership with Telkom Indonesia
Indonesia is a country undergoing an incredible economic expansion, responsible for its growing GDP-from $160.4 billion in 2001 to $878.04 billion at the end of 2013. As the country continues to grow, it presents great opportunities for companies looking to address its 250 million plus people, and a middle class that is slated to grow to 135 million by 2020, according to McKinsey. A new joint venture by Telkom Indonesia and Telstra will look to capture market shares in the country as well as other countries in south-east Asia, including Hong Kong, Myanmar and Taiwan.
9/2/2014 11:12:46 AM
The FCC to Fund Fiber Projects to Underserved Communities
Rural communities have always had a sharp disadvantage compared to cities regarding the latest technology. The cost of deploying the infrastructure to supply technology as well as the limited number of customers has discouraged private companies from providing the same service they offer to large cities and their surrounding communities. As broadband technology becomes an integral part of our society, the current administration has been pushing initiatives to deliver broadband capacity in rural areas.
9/2/2014 10:55:04 AM
Is Google Changing Fiber Rollout Procedures?
While Google Fiber is being courted heavily in cities around the country, such as Portland, Oregon, the company seems as if the decision process to actually roll out the high speed Internet connection isn't as cut and dried as the company has claimed in the past. Google has long claimed it will not offer the service until a specific area has enough people that have expressed interest in the technology.
9/2/2014 10:39:12 AM
Google Location Selection Process Under Fire For Alleged 'Cherry-Picking'
Google's selection process for Google Fiber is under fire, not just in how it chooses cities as a whole but in how it chooses where to deploy services within cities themselves.
9/2/2014 6:00:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was interesting week in the Dark Fiber industry this past week, as regions across the country verbalized their plans to increase Internet speeds everywhere.
8/30/2014 7:00:00 AM
SBC Begins Bright Fiber Project in Sierra Nevada Rural Mountains
People's appetite for bandwidth has increased over the years. Network users who require high performance and want to improve the overall capacity of the connection may opt to move beyond high bandwidth and broadband connections to a fiber-based gigabit Internet to embrace improvements in the system. Dark fiber, for example, leased or purchased from another supplier, has been an apt alternative for Internet infrastructure networking.
8/29/2014 2:21:08 PM
tw telecom Named Top Provider in US Ethernet Market
tw telecom, a provider of business ethernet and networking solutions, recently announced that Vertical Systems Group, a an industy analyst firm, recognized the company as the top ranked competitive provider in the U.S. Ethernet market in its mid-year 2014 U.S. Business Ethernet Services Leaderboard.
8/29/2014 2:05:30 PM
WDM Market Growing Fast in 2Q
The metropolitan portion of the WDM market is also growing though at a slower rate, In fact, the y-o-y revenue growth is currently set at 4 percent according to Dell'Oro's findings.
8/29/2014 11:10:25 AM
Google Partners with Asian Telecom Firms for Undersea Cable System
Google is further enhancing its 'Faster' optical fiber system by collaborating with five Asian telecommunication firms in developing and maintaining an undersea cable system that is going to connect Japan and the U.S.
8/28/2014 1:02:37 PM
NetApp and VMware Continue to Reveal the Virtually Boundless Opportunities Ahead
The future of software-defined services delivery within the hybrid cloud is opening various strategies for optimal storage and data management that will be key for success.
8/28/2014 10:53:36 AM
Vermont to Conduct Public Hearings Regarding Broadband Service
The Department of Public Service for the state of Vermont is considering this week, in a series of public hearings, how it can keep telephony services up to date, properly working, and affordable for all its citizens.
8/27/2014 5:33:16 PM
StorTrends Goes Hybrid with 3500i
Solid state drive (SSD) is a permanent data storage unit that uses interconnected flash memory chips that can retain data even when there is no power. Another aspect where these devices are different from other HDD storage devices is they have no movable parts, so it is faster and more reliable. Due to these features, SSDs are becoming a popular storage choice today. In fact, the SSD market grew 22 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
8/27/2014 4:08:02 PM
RST Installs 'Fiber Hut' in Wake Forest
The installation of the RST network began this past April, and work on a "fiber backbone" for the group between Raleigh and Wake Forest is nearly complete; it awaits a permit approval to make the last 300-foot connection over the North Carolina Neuse River. Once this has been completed, RST can deploy high-speed Internet to much of the Wake Forest region.
8/25/2014 12:37:08 PM
Google Fiber Predicted to Cover Oregon's Silicon Forest
Google Fiber will decide by the end of this year if it will bring its own fiber-optic service to Portland; CenturyLink, in the meantime, plans to complete its fiber installations by the end of 2015. Google's current gigabit Internet customers pay $70 per month, while CenturyLink expects to charge users $152 per month.
8/25/2014 12:34:08 PM
Report Offers Quantitative, Qualitative Insight into Portugal's Telecom Market
Amid the country's difficult economic situation, the Portuguese telecommunications network is doing extremely well.
8/25/2014 12:32:47 PM
Competitors Following Google's Lead on Fiber Rollout Protocol
While there are plenty of towns that are hoping they will be the next chosen by Google to get its high speed fiber, there are other companies attempting to step in and fill the void. Now some industry insiders say that Google will actually benefit from firms like Time Warner and Comcast looking to roll out their own high speed Internet access. Google has come up with a rather interesting formula for offering up one gigabit speeds in several metro areas. The problem is that the company cannot spread that formula as far or as fast as people want it.
8/25/2014 11:25:58 AM
SymQuest Selects FirstLight Fiber as the New Data Center and Connectivity Services Provider
A new partnership will allow SymQuest to rely on FirstLight Fiber's Vermont data center that promises to offer reliable, secure facilities and further support the expansion of its retail cloud division.
8/25/2014 11:11:23 AM
New York Communities Receive New Business Fiber Selection
He said Comcast is reaching into these geographical areas to help businesses compete and drive innovation. The business services the company offers can allow users to reach download speeds up to 150 Mbps and can sync with services such as Microsoft SharePoint.
8/25/2014 10:44:37 AM
Fiber Optic Network in Downtown Baton Rouge May Receive Boost
The fiber optic network in Baton Rouge, La. is said to be patchy and could benefit from the investment of significant primary service providers. One company announced this past week that it has stepped up to try to fill some of the city's gaps and help serve a number of business customers in the area.
8/25/2014 10:43:07 AM
Venture Firm M/C Partners Likes Fiber Service Providers
There is a term in the broadly defined financial services industry that if you really want to know what is going on and where to invest it is always a good idea to follow the "Smart Money." And, when it comes to having a track record for investing in the telecommunications industry, few venture capital firms can rival the smarts of Boston-based M/C Partners.
8/25/2014 10:09:07 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
Dark Fiber continued its impressive growth this past week, reaching far and wide, and we have some of the highlights.
8/23/2014 7:10:00 AM
USDA Announces Loans to Expand Broadband Accessibility in Rural Midwest
Living in a rural area may be trying at times with a slow dial-up Internet connection. Unfortunately, for many people living in rural areas, dial-up Internet has been the only option.
8/22/2014 3:51:07 PM
Fiber Optic Tech Improves Communications in Minnesota
Fiber optic technology is increasingly being found in Washington County Minnesota. That means it has replaced older copper wiring that has traditionally linked county government in Stillwater with service centers and with other government offices.
8/22/2014 3:27:27 PM
AT&T Rolls Fiber Out to Jacksonville
While some people are sitting around hoping that Google is going to bring its Fiber to town, other companies are trying to roll out their own version of dark fiber so they can get their own high speed Internet connection. AT&T has recently confirmed that it will expand its own ultra-fast GigaPower network in Jacksonville, Florida. The company is now working to deploy additional fiber and electronics to the network that is already operating in the city.
8/22/2014 12:37:36 PM
Broadband Aggregation Market Crosses $2 Billion in 2Q14
New Infonetics Research report highlights strong global growth of broadband aggregation market.
8/22/2014 10:52:09 AM
Chicago Broadband Provider Plans to Expand Capacity of Wireless Towers
The strain caused by an explosion of wireless data traffic in the Chicago area may be eased as a local broadband provider plans to use its fiber-optic network to increase the capacity of approximately 2,000 wireless towers.
8/20/2014 5:13:50 PM
Cincinnati Expands Gigabit Internet Service
Cincinnati Bell is expanding its gigabit Internet service, hoping to reach approximately 60-70 percent of customers in the region over the next two years.
8/20/2014 4:18:11 PM
ATTO Technology to Unveil FibreBridge 7500 Storage Controller
ATTO Technology, a company specializing in storage, network connectivity and infrastructure solutions is all set to launch its new FibreBridge 7500 Storage Controller.
8/20/2014 11:11:42 AM
Will Rockport, Maine Show Us the Way to Better Internet Access?
For those not familiar with Rockport, Maine, there's likely a good reason. The town has a population of just 3,321, and that means that, when the local high school students graduate, the first thought is likely, "Where should I go?" And the first answer that comes to mind is likely, "Not Rockport." But one person-Meg Weston of Maine Media Workshops + College, one of Rockport's biggest economic powers-realized that there was one way to keep the students in town, according to a report from "The Day," and that was with really good Internet access.
8/19/2014 4:00:47 PM
Why Wait? Access Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi for Free
Gigabit fiber service is the newest wave of technological ingenuity to directly affect consumers, and major cities across the country are signing up for their chances to receive service or else making dark fiber networks of their own. However, for people in developed, but still underserved, areas there is no reason they cannot begin to enjoy fast service for free.
8/18/2014 4:00:57 PM
MetroCast Rolls Out High Speed Fiber in Parts of Mississippi
While some cities are waiting to see if they might be added to the list of towns that are going to be getting Google Fiber, other towns are taking things into their own hands.
8/18/2014 1:53:23 PM
In Through the Out Door, Fiber Broadband Seeks to Replace Copper
Fiber Internet service is making headway among advocates who desire faster speeds and a complete break from cable companies. One major U.S. service provider is pushing its own form of fiber, though, and it has some customers who enjoy the power security of copper claiming bullying tactics on the part of the ISP.
8/18/2014 1:36:44 PM
Emulex Strengthens Leadership Position in Fiber Channel Adapter Market
Emulex Corporation, a company in network connectivity, monitoring and management, has announced that it has gained nearly two and a half points of overall Fiber Channel revenue market share over its nearest competitor.
8/18/2014 1:30:31 PM
Brothers Started ISP, Focus on Customer Service
In a well-known American stand up comedian's bit about cell phones, he talks about how the public often laments their phones. It's not because they had several weeks of issues; their phones just went weird for a second or two. If you hate your service provider, he says, go out and make your own network; get some hubcaps and climb some trees.
8/18/2014 1:15:24 PM
USDA Loan Program Supports Broadband Development in Rural Areas
A federal government program dedicated to providing funds for urban communities will soon find cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas constructing new and improving existing broadband services.
8/18/2014 1:05:33 PM
Google Wrapping High Speed Optical Fiber in Kevlar-Like Material to Withstand Shark Attacks
While most people are hoping they will be one of the next communities to get Google Fiber, the Internet giant is working hard to find ways to protect its equipment as it rolls it out to more places. During the Google Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow in Boston, Product Manager Dan Belcher announced one of the ways the company is trying to make sure its product is safe and secure. Escapist reports the company has started wrapping its high speed optical cables in a kind of Kevlar-like material that is strong enough to stand up against a shark bit.
8/18/2014 12:52:00 PM
Serverius Expands Connectivity Capabilities with MRV's OptiDriver
Serverius, the only dual data center located above sea level in the Netherlands, expanded its reach and improved its connectivity capabilities by leveraging the features of MRV's OptiDriver optical transport platform.
8/15/2014 4:45:29 PM
Texas ISP Data Center to Provide Service Beginning in 2015
A Texas-based Internet services provider announced this week that it has found the first carrier to provide service from its new data center in Houston.
8/14/2014 5:50:45 PM
Global Optical Component Network to Reach $12.3 Billion by 2019
Experts in a new study are forecasting rapid growth in the global optical component (OC) network, reaching nearly $12.3 billion by 2019.
8/14/2014 12:17:17 PM
PLDT Soon to Complete 600-Kilometer Fiber Network in Northern Luzon
PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has announced that it will complete the final stretch of its P1.3-billion 600-kilometer fiber network in northern Luzon in one year. This new fiber network is expected to offer extra speed and capacity to residents staying around these areas.
8/14/2014 11:20:04 AM
PEG Bandwidth Completes 100G Ethernet Route from Dallas to Jackson
PEG Bandwidth, LLC, provider of customized cell site backhaul and wireless infrastructure solutions for the wireless industry, has successful completed laying a 100G Ethernet route between Dallas, TX and Jackson, MS.
8/14/2014 10:47:14 AM
Rockport, Maine to Construct Ultra-fast Municipal Broadband Network
Maine Public Broadcasting reports that the town of Rockport has been working with Network Maine and Internet service provider GWI to construct an $80,000 fiber network that will connect to approximately 70 users in downtown Rockport.
8/13/2014 6:04:43 PM
New 'Faster' Undersea Cable to Connect US and Japan
Several financial backers are getting behind a new plan to construct a new "Faster" undersea cable that will join Japan and the U.S. West Coast with the promise of providing better broadband connectivity across the globe.
8/13/2014 4:48:08 PM
Windstream REIT Plans: Is this a trend? And Other Important Questions
Windstream's plan to spin off certain network assets into a real-estate investment trust (REIT), announced on July 29, raises a lot of questions related to just about every key development currently underway in the telecom industry.
8/13/2014 4:31:33 PM
Ridgemont Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Majority Interest in Cross River
Ridgemont Equity Partners (Ridgemont), a middle market buyout and growth equity investor, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Cross River Fiber.
8/13/2014 3:46:22 PM
Burlington, NC Facing Uphill Battle in Attracting Gigabit-Level Broadband
The growing presence of gigabit-level broadband has been a welcome addition to several U.S. cities that recently installed it. After the launch of Google Fiber in Kansas City and Austin, the program is expanding to other cities. A few cities that weren't chosen by Google for the Fiber program have taken matters into their own hands. Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn. and Lafayette, La. have installed super high-speed broadband independent of vendors like Google. AT&T has also entered the market with its GigaPower service.
8/13/2014 3:38:34 PM
Rockport, Maine Launches 100-Mbps Public-Private Internet Access Network
Rockport, Maine is getting a new 100-Mbps network as the result of a "public-private" partnership between GWI, a local Internet service provider, the town of Rockport, Maine Media Workshops + College and Network Maine (part of the UMaine System).
8/13/2014 1:22:07 PM
tw telecom Expands Operations in Philadelphia
tw telecom, a provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, recently announced that the company has expanded its operations in Philadelphia by introducing a number of data and Internet services.
8/13/2014 12:57:18 PM
BCC Research-Fiber Optic Sensors is Going to Be a $2.2 Billion Market Globally by 2018
If the findings of the newest research report from BCC Research are to be believed, there is strong reason to be happy for the players in global fiber optic sensors industry. Entitled, "Fiber Optic Sensors: Global Markets", the latest BCC research report states that the industry is expected to record five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent from 2013 to 2018. At the end of 2018, fiber optic sensors (FOS) are expected to be a $2.2 billion market.
8/13/2014 12:27:56 PM
Metrocast Rolls Out FTTH in Select Mississippi Locations
Metrocast Communications, a company that is offering video, Internet and phone in eight Mississippi communities, announced late last week that it has deployed Fiber to the Home (FTTH) in Starkville and Oxford, Mississippi.
8/12/2014 9:24:24 AM
NetOne Selects IXcellerate Moscow One Data Center to Establish PoP
NetOne, a telecom provider with a wide range of solutions in Moscow and Moscow region, has selected IXcellerate Moscow One data center to establish a point of presence (PoP).
8/11/2014 6:42:35 PM
Zayo to Extend Services to Customers in Data Foundry's Houston 2 Data Center
Zayo Group, LLC (Zayo), a global provider of Bandwidth Infrastructure services, has announced plan to extend dark fiber into Data Foundry's Houston 2 Data Center.
8/11/2014 2:14:02 PM
Carousel Industries Encourages Organizations to Follow Three Fundamental Steps
Carousel Industries, provider of managed services and data networking solutions, is helping companies address next-generation Internet security threats by following three fundamental steps.
8/11/2014 12:18:18 PM
Lumos Partners with DC Corp
Lumos Networks Corp., a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, will provide fiber connectivity to DC Corp's data center, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
8/11/2014 11:19:59 AM
Level 3 is Now Authorized Vendor for Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (LVLT), a company that provides local, national and global communications services, recently announced that it has signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
8/11/2014 11:16:29 AM
Microwave Networking Leader Announces Public Safety Contract
A leading provider of microwave network solutions announced last week that they have received a multi-million dollar purchase order for a public safety contract related to first responder communications.
8/11/2014 10:40:37 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was yet another interesting week in the dark fiber community, with give and take on both sides, but with the technology forging ahead nevertheless.
8/9/2014 7:30:00 AM
Fiber Coming to New Mexico in Droves
The age of fiber optic terraformation is upon us, and with it, a wealth of opportunity continues to present itself to businesses and consumers alike. On the business side of things, fiber optic deployment means miles and miles of unconnected land, untapped potential, and unheard of amounts of money, while for consumers, it means a MUCH better internet service offering.
8/8/2014 3:45:35 PM
AT&T to Bring 1 Gigabit Network to Houston
According Olivia Pulsinelli of the Houston Business Journal, AT&T will be bringing its all fiber network to provide the U-verse platform, with GigaPower service delivering broadband speeds of up to one Gigabit per second, to Houston. The service is going to be available to individual consumers and businesses in the Houston area.
8/8/2014 12:44:52 PM
Telstra Unveils New Low Latency Service
Financial trading practices such as high frequency trading require ultra-low latency. A low latency network service offers access to numerous applications and destinations with the help of a single connection. This is highly useful for financial institutions and even other industries are evincing interest in this technology of late.
8/8/2014 12:31:57 PM
Zayo to Extend Dark Fiber
Companies these days need fast, reliable data center network connectivity to manage evolving business needs. Ideally, they would like to spend less time working on their network and more time focusing on their core business.
8/8/2014 11:35:02 AM
'Dark Fiber' Holding City Back in Broadband Efforts
"Dark fiber" may be hampering the efforts of Columbia, MO and surrounding Boone County to attract tech-savvy professionals and businesses to the area.
8/7/2014 5:45:15 PM
Jacobs Wins Contract from Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC), provider of technical professional and construction services, has recently won new four years Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract from the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. The value of the contract has not been revealed by the company.
8/6/2014 2:30:20 PM
Zayo Group Establishes Point of Presence at 325 Hudson
Zayo Group, LLC (Zayo), an international provider of bandwidth infrastructure, has established a Point of Presence (PoP) at 325 Hudson.
8/6/2014 12:45:05 PM
Crossroads StrongBox NAS to Be Deployed at Ithaca College
Crossroads Systems, Inc., a data archive solutions provider, recently announced that its StrongBox NAS has been selected by the Roy H. Park School of Communications at New York's Ithaca College for long-term preservation of its digital content.
8/6/2014 11:56:14 AM
Peer 1 Hosting Partners with Uptime Technologies
Peer 1 Hosting, a Web infrastructure and cloud hosting provider, recently announced that Total Uptime Technologies, a provider of cloud solutions, is the newest member of its Smart Partner Program. As a member, Total Uptime will leverage Peer 1 Hosting's data centers in San Jose, Calif., and Portsmouth, UK, to better serve global customers. Total Uptime has been using Peer 1's wholly-owned FastFiber Network.
8/6/2014 11:26:17 AM
CenturyLink Launches Symmetrical Gigabit Networks in Portions of 16 Cities
CenturyLink has launched symmetrical gigabit speeds for residential and business customers in select locations in 16 cities. Just how select is the question, but even skeptics might agree symmetrical broadband availability at such speeds is a helpful development.
8/5/2014 5:43:56 PM
Veryx Gets Recognized by Frost & Sullivan
Veryx Gets Recognized by Frost & Sullivan Veryx Technologies, a company that provides testing, automation, development and monitoring solutions, recently announced that it has been recognized with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership in Carrier Ethernet testing.
8/5/2014 4:22:52 PM
CenturyLink Launches Seattle Gigabit Network
Telecommunications provider CenturyLink has announced symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) for customers in this region. This super fast broadband will be offered on CenturyLink's ultra-fast fiber network.
8/5/2014 3:02:40 PM
Is Time Warner Ramping up Its Speed to Face Google Fiber?
Remember what it was like when Google Fiber first got introduced? The idea that not only could Internet speeds be had that were enormously faster than most residential offerings-and even some commercial offerings-but that all of it could be had without the pernicious bandwidth cap that plagues many services to this very day? That captured a lot of imaginations, and almost certainly, terrified some ISPs who had likely been banking on having next to no competition forever. A new report from Pop Herald, meanwhile, suggests that one more company is responding to Google Fiber's competitive threat: Time Warner Cable.
8/4/2014 4:57:34 PM
MiCTA Approves Lightower Fiber as Vendor
Lightower Fiber Networks, an all-fiber provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, recently announced that it will provide its all-fiber portfolio of Ethernet, SONET, Wavelengths, Dark Fiber, Collocation and Internet services to the members of MiCTA, a national non-profit group purchasing organization. Lightower
8/4/2014 12:56:42 PM
Illinois Finishes New Broadband Network Rollout
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that four million households in his state now have access to faster speeds thanks to the completion of a massive undertaking. At the end of last week, the governor made his announcement, saying that $100 million bought more than 1,000 miles of new high speed fiber optic cable.
8/4/2014 10:55:17 AM
Time Warner and Comcast Take on Google Fiber in Kansas City
Comcast and Time Warner are ramping up their broadband speeds in Kansas City, Missouri. It is likely nothing close to a coincidence that Kansas City is the first place that Google Fiber was originally rolled out.
8/4/2014 10:44:58 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was yet another raucous week in the dark fiber community, with announcements and movements galore.
8/2/2014 7:00:00 AM
SmarTone Announces Fixed Fibre Broadband Service
Hong Kong's SmarTone has re-entered the fixed broadband market with the launch of a line of fiber broadband plans. The company has announced that the new service, ST Fibre Broadband, will be initially introduced to home and office markets.
7/31/2014 2:39:48 PM
ScheduALL's LINK Now Deployed by Tata Communications
Advanced resource management offers sharp visibility of vendor resources, automated purchase order creation and so on. ScheduALL is a provider of enterprise resource management software, and its LINK is a scheduling solution for transmission management.
7/31/2014 9:35:28 AM
Nixa, Mo. Surveys Residents to Determine Need for Superfast Broadband
International network developer SiFi Networks has been working with officials in the city of Nixa, Mo. for nearly a year to discuss how it can bring fiber connectivity to the area.
7/30/2014 12:49:44 PM
AT&T to Bring GigaPower Broadband to Nashville
The city of Nashville, Tenn. is expecting to soon receive gigabit Internet from AT&T, reports The Tennessean. Although its recent news report states that AT&T has not yet confirmed an exact date for when it will begin providing the service, the ultra-fast broadband should provide local consumers and businesses with connection speeds that are much higher than what telecoms in the area have previously been able to offer.
7/30/2014 12:23:32 PM
AT&T to Build Gigabit Networks in Charlotte, N.C. and San Antonio, Texas
AT&T is building symmetrical gigabit access networks in Charlotte, N.C. and San Antonio, Texas, adding to networks already announced for Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, N.C.
7/30/2014 12:18:10 PM
Cortina Systems, Oliver Solutions Demo DPOE Interoperability for 10G-EPON
Cortina Systems, a supplier of integrated circuits for broadband communications, recently confirmed that the company's Cortina CS8124 10G-EPON OLT and CS8160 10G-EPON ONU devices successfully completed end-to-end interoperability tests with Oliver Solutions' DPoE software stack.
7/30/2014 10:19:55 AM
Act Broadband Launches Digital Campaign to Celebrate Its Rebranded Identity
Companies often go for a brand overhaul to create a new, improved identity, to better connect to a particular customer segment and boost sales. ACT (Atria Convergence Technologies Pvt. Ltd.), a venture backed company specializing in the fiber-to-the-home technology, recently launched its rebranded identity, a recent article appeared in SME Times revealed.
7/30/2014 10:06:29 AM
Windstream Spins Network into a REIT
Windstream is spinning off its fiber and copper networks and other real estate into a new real estate investment trust, and then lease use of the assets to support its communications business.
7/29/2014 1:37:02 PM
Lightower Fiber Networks Opens New Office
Lightower has announced that the company has opened a new office at 581 Main Street in Woodbridge, New Jersey. This new office will primarily support the company's sales and operations team, the company has stated.
7/29/2014 1:19:07 PM
Giggle Fiber Chooses GLDS' Broad Suite of Solutions
Giggle Fiber is currently using GLDS' WinCable billing & service provisioning platform to successfully manage FTTH, VoIP, High Speed Internet and other next-gen services. WinCable is the solution that is more intuitive, offers greater operational control and is less restrictive.
7/29/2014 1:08:18 PM
EdgeConneX, TelNet Team to Open Michigan's Newest State-of-the-Art Data Center
EdgeConneX together with TelNet Worldwide (TelNet), a full service provider of cloud communications services essential to enterprises of all sizes, are all set to inaugurate new Southeast Michigan's Tier III data center in the city of Southfield.
7/29/2014 12:10:30 PM
World Bank Gives $92 Million to Central Africa
The World Bank has given $92 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo in efforts to develop high speed telecommunications and global fiber optic networks in Central Africa.
7/29/2014 12:05:15 PM
EnGenius Adds New High-Speed Gigabit PoE+ Switches to Electron Series
Networking and telecommunications solutions provider, EnGenius Technologies, Inc., has rolled-out two new 4-dual-speed small form-factor pluggable (SFP) high-performance Gigabit (Gb) power over Ethernet (PoE)+ switches, namely the EnGenius EGS7252FP 48-port Gb PoE+ L2 managed switch and EGS7228FP 24-port Gb PoE+ L2 managed switch.
7/29/2014 10:28:08 AM
West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council Project Finds Itself Cash-Strapped
It's become an almost axiomatic conversation, as most anyone who starts out the two-part conversation with something like "why can't I get high-speed Internet at a decent price where I live?" will usually find him- or herself followed up with the response in the vein of "because it's really, really expensive." Some don't believe that, however, and others discover it the hard way, as the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council seems to have discovered in a report from the Charleston Gazette.
7/28/2014 5:29:42 PM
State-run Telco Refuses to Provide Fiber Resources for India's Ambitious G2C E-Services Project
Department of Telecom (DoT) is the executive branch of the Indian Government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. DoT's ambitious G2C e-services venture is faced with major obstacle, a recent article published in voicendata.com revealed
7/28/2014 1:48:49 PM
Nevada's All Fiber Rural Telemedicine Fiber Network Set to Expand
Telemedicine is a provision of connecting patient and healthcare at a distance. It allows doctors to communicate with rural patients over the phone and video conferencing as well as allowing doctors to transfer patient files to and from multiple locations. The global telemedicine market is likely to see a compound annual growth rate of 18.5 percent through 2018.
7/28/2014 12:14:07 PM
Hibernia Networks Adds Cork Internet eXchange
Hibernia Networks has added Cork Internet eXchange (CIX), the regional data center for Southwest Ireland, as a new Point of Presence (PoP) on its network. This PoP allows the company to widen its high capacity services and include many more areas in its network.
7/28/2014 12:12:24 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was yet another interesting week in the dark fiber community, as the fiber network continued to spread far and wide.
7/26/2014 7:00:00 AM
Telehouse Europe Invests $231 Million to Build Mission-critical Data Centers in London's Docklands
To keep up with needs of evolving global technology and to offer services like Internet of Things and Hybrid Cloud, Telehouse Europe, a subsidiary of KDDI, is investing $231 million into building the new generation of mission-critical data centers in the London's Docklands.
7/25/2014 9:17:49 AM
Three Franchises Expected to Get Approval to Install Internet Cable in Louisville Metro
On Tuesday, a committee of the Louisville Metro Council recommended for approval for the awarding of franchises to three separate companies to install fiber optic cable in the area. It is expected that SiFi Networks, BluegrassNet and Fiber Technologies Networks will get final approval for these franchises from the Council when it meets Thursday, July 24.
7/24/2014 6:33:03 PM
KDDI Invests Further into Telehouse's London Docklands DataCentre Campus
Telehouse International Corporation, the data center subsidiary of Japanese information and communication technology company KDDI, is all set to expand its network ecosystem in Europe. The company recently revealed KDDI's investment of $229 million (£135m) to construct Telehouse London Docklands North Two, a large-scale data center with a total floor area of 23,000 square meters located in the Docklands area of London, UK.
7/24/2014 11:50:12 AM
Integrated Device Technology Adds 1.5 V PCI Express Buffer Family to its Portfolio
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a company that develops system-level solutions that optimize its customers' applications, has recently included 1.5 V PCI Express (PCIe) buffer family to its PCIe timing portfolio.
7/24/2014 9:51:39 AM
PolyOne Partners with LEONI
PolyOne Corporation (POL), a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, recently announced that its ECCOH High Performance Solutions are helping LEONI Special Cables GmbH to improve the durability and function of communication cables for oil and gas rigs. LEONI is a global supplier of wires, optical fibers, cables and cable systems, as well as related services for the automotive sector and further industries.
7/24/2014 9:27:27 AM
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. Announces Launch of New Fiber Optic Network
In the wake of 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the Tagbilaran City, Bohol of Philippines last year, the island province has been trying to recover its economy by several means, such as empowering its tourism and information and communications technology (ICT) industry. To support this cause, Telecommunication giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has launched a P700-million domestic fiber optic network (DFON) in the region, reports Malou M. Mozo from Manila Bulletin.
7/24/2014 9:03:05 AM
The Phillipines Embarks on a Government Fiber Initiative
Government broadband is widely seen as an important key to improving operational efficiency and driving automation and self-service into public services-thus improving the lives of citizens. With an eye to doing just that, the Philippines is plotting a fiber-optic network that will wire up some 160 government agencies.
7/23/2014 4:11:06 PM
In Roanoke, Va., Government-Funded Broadband Gets an Airing
A plan for a joint open-access fiber network for the Roanoke Valley in Virginia is being stymied because of politics-in specific, what role the government should play when it comes to city improvements and business support.
7/23/2014 4:00:22 PM
Dutch Startup Angie Communications Wants to Deliver Fiber to LA and Wi-Fi to the Nation
Some time ago, there was a good deal of talk about an ambitious Internet project: delivering city-wide Wi-Fi connectivity to the entire city of Los Angeles, California. So far, the scope and scale of the project seems to be a far bigger bite than anyone can chew, and telecom experts (who admittedly have their own bias) thought that the plan seemed unrealistic.
7/23/2014 9:07:17 AM
tw telecom Selected by Briggs Freeman
Briggs Freeman, the oldest privately held boutique real-estate firm in Dallas, recently opted for tw telecom to deliver a full suite of networking solutions for its five Dallas Metroplex area locations.
7/23/2014 8:55:00 AM
Installation of Improved Fiber-Optic Cable to Virginia Communities Delayed
A project seeking to install an open-access network in the area has been stalled. Local governments cannot agree on funding or the role that they should play in supporting what some think is an effort best handled by the private sector.
7/22/2014 5:31:05 PM
Level 3 Reorganizes Executive Team Following tw telecom Acquisition
Level 3 Communications, a major fiber carrier, has announced that it is reshuffling its executive team following the acquisition of tw telecom.
7/22/2014 5:21:18 PM
Google Announces Next Moves in Expanded Fiber Rollout
With the list of cities that are officially vying for Google Fiber, it makes sense that the Internet giant would start talking more about its expansion plans. The company announced earlier this week that there are as many as 34 cities that are now legitimate candidates for Google Fiber rollouts. Google says it is working on completing some checklists that will pave the way for future rollouts.
7/22/2014 12:52:38 PM
Verizon FiOS Getting Upload Speed Enhancement
Verizon is putting as much capital behind its FiOS offerings as possible and earlier this week, the company announced that part of that backing included an enhancement of the bandwidths that are dedicated to customer uploads. Verizon is apparently looking to do battle with slow growth by making a rather large push on Internet speeds. Verizon has known for a while that it has a big benefit when it comes to Internet speeds over cable providers.
7/22/2014 12:29:21 PM
Solveforce Enhances Its Fiber Optic Internet Services in Los Angeles
Solveforce, a group of telecom consultants that is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your voice and data business communication, has expanded its fiber optic Internet service in Los Angeles.
7/22/2014 11:17:18 AM
Fiber Battleground Heats up with AT&T's show of GigaPower Strength
The high-speed fiber race is on; AT&T and Google are competing with each other in bringing ultrafast Internet service to metropolitan areas in U.S. AT&T won a job over its rival when town officials ratified an agreement with the company allowing it to bring high-speed fiber Internet to Carrboro, a town in Orange County in the state of North Carolina.
7/21/2014 6:24:51 PM
Chambersburg Uses Fiber Optics Cable to Improve Traffic
Despite the proliferation of advanced technologies, modeling the uncertainty of traffic conditions is still a challenge especially for big cities. In order to offer the most direct and efficient traffic flow, Chambersburg traffic department has planned to install fiber optic cable.
7/21/2014 6:16:26 PM
High Speed Connections On the Rise: Is Your Hardware Ready?
For the longest time, the issue of connectivity in the workplace, and beyond, seemed to be a matter of, so to speak, the spirit being willing, but the flesh being weak. Great plans were made for what would be done once the connectivity improved, and preparations made accordingly. But the growth of fiber optics technology opened up the floodgates, and brought out speeds and bandwidth limits that were almost inconceivable before, and now a new question is being asked: is the spirit now weaker than the flesh? Plumas County News recently took a look at just that point to wonder, maybe, the hardware isn't ready for the kind of connectivity that can be provided with fiber.
7/21/2014 11:53:30 AM
Spencer Municipal Utilities to Expand FTTH with $4.5M Project
Since Google introduced its gigabit network, municipalities across the country have been pushing companies to deliver the same type of capacity in their communities. While not every company is able to provide the same type of network because of the capital expenditure involved in this type of infrastructure, local governments are joining forces with state and federal agencies to encourage service providers with grants and tax breaks. Spencer Municipal Utilities, provider of cable, internet, telephone and iWireless cellular service, Iowa, is expanding its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network with a $4.5 million project.
7/21/2014 11:02:55 AM
Wireless Fiber-Speed Network from Airebeam Goes to Work in Rural Arizona
While true fiber connectivity is unavailable in most of Arizona's rural areas, AireBeam was able to achieve fiber-like speeds through microwave signals.
7/21/2014 9:01:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was yet another strong week for the dark fiber community, as companies continued their expansions as evidenced by the news crossing the wires.
7/19/2014 7:05:00 AM
More Dark Fiber Being Sold, Especially for Mobile Backhaul, Metro Apps
"Dark fiber" might be the purest form of a "dumb pipe" revenue stream, as it involves the sale of rights to use unlit optical fibers, not turned-up capacity or capacity services.
7/18/2014 10:51:43 AM
Enhancements to Enterprise Anywhere Liberates IT Departments
When we look back at what enterprises were even five years ago, it's surprising that so much has changed within so short a time. The 'one size fits all management approach' that was in vogue is not acceptable today, but at the same time catering to a 'multiple and heterogeneous environment' is a nightmare for IT. Enter Moka5 with new cloud enhancements to its Enterprise AnyWare platform, promising to allow IT departments better support, and a better night's rest.
7/18/2014 10:43:34 AM
Beefing Up Internet Speeds Around Colleges
Universities all over the country understand this importance of high-speed connectivity for students, so they provide gigabit speeds. However, when students move away from the campus, Internet speeds go down drastically.
7/18/2014 10:35:50 AM
ViaWest Inaugurates New Compark Data Center in Southeast Denver
ViaWest, a specialist in colocation, managed services, and a cloud provider in North America, has recently inaugurated its Compark data center, located in the Denver Technology Center near southeast Denver.
7/18/2014 9:25:32 AM
Bremer Bank Picks Talari's WAN Appliances
Bremer Bank, offering banking services throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, was looking out for Private Networking (APN) WAN appliances that could prevent session interruptions, offer full-time bandwidth and allows future bandwidth growth. All these requisites were met by Talari's family of Adaptive Private Networking (APN) WAN appliances.
7/18/2014 9:20:00 AM
IslaLink Selects Infinera DTN-X Packet Optical Transport Networking Platform
IslaLink S.A. (IslaLink) has selected and deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform across its submarine network.
7/17/2014 3:38:46 PM
GlobeNet Inks Agreement with Allied Fiber for Dark Fiber Services
In a move that will further emphasize the importance of national dark fiber infrastructure in the U.S., GlobeNet has inked an agreement with Allied Fiber to improve upon the control of its network.
7/17/2014 2:34:17 PM
Fiber Finds a Welcome Audience in Israel
It's well understood here in the states that fiber-optics and dark fiber are finding receptive audiences wherever they're introduced. The promise of high speed and nearly hassle-free online access is enticing to many. That's borne out in the wide acceptance that Google Fiber is garnering, with many cities vying to be the next place that Google starts building out its infrastructure.
7/17/2014 9:21:52 AM
Coriant and Allied Fiber Team Conducts Trial on Terabit Super-Channel
Coriant and Allied Fiber team recently conducted a new terabit per second super-channel transmission trial over a 1,700 km ring connecting West Palm Beach to Jacksonville, Fla., using Coriant's FlexiGrid technology.
7/17/2014 9:20:36 AM
Longmont Moving into the Fiber Fast Lane
In 2013, Longmont, CO. residents approved $45.3 million for a fiber-optic rollout. This August, the dream of lightning fast internet will begin to become reality. Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) and TCS Communication signed a contract with the stipulation that the fiber-optic rollout begin by August 13.
7/16/2014 4:07:09 PM
Longmont, Colo. Utility Chooses TCS to Install Gigabit Fiber-Optic Cable
LPC is a utility run by the city of Longmont, Colo., about 37 miles north of Denver. The city is known as a center of technology as high tech accounts for 27 percent of the employment base and along with Boulder, has the highest concentration of software jobs in the U.S. The city also has four electric automobile charging stations.
7/16/2014 12:17:41 PM
Array Announces Availability of AVX10650 Multi-tenant ADC Appliance
Array Networks Inc., a company that provides application delivery networking solutions, recently announced that its AVX10650 multi-tenant application delivery controller (ADC) appliance is now available.
7/16/2014 11:28:26 AM
Mellanox's solutions deployed by Applied Micro Circuits
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a company that provides end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, recently announced that Applied Micro Circuits Corporation has deployed its end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions for its X-Gene ARM-based platform. With the help of Mellanox solutions, the X-Gene provides an efficient ARM-based infrastructure for data centers, cloud providers and application developers.
7/16/2014 11:20:42 AM
Rural Broadband Services Corporation Uses ADVA's Ethernet Services Suite to Offer Broadband to Underserved Areas
In order to offer broadband connectivity to underserved areas of the USA, Rural Broadband Services Corporation (RBSC) has picked ADVA Optical Networking's Ethernet Services Suite (ESS) recently.
7/16/2014 10:59:24 AM
Integra Agrees to Acquire World Communications
Integra, provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, is all set to acquire World Communications, Inc. (WCI). The company entered into an agreement in this regard.
7/15/2014 5:27:12 PM
New Transmission Technology Enables Copper Lines to Reach 10 Gbps Broadband Speeds
Bell Labs announced this week that its new technology can achieve 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) transmission speed over traditional copper cable.
7/15/2014 9:01:35 AM
Interest in Dark Fiber Quickly Rising
There is a growing interest in a technology called dark fiber as of late, as the desire for higher data speeds lead enterprises to seek out new solutions that improve on the inadequacies of the current infrastructure.
7/14/2014 2:26:51 PM
Chattanooga EPB Fights Against State Broadband Regulation
The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tenn., is reportedly seeking to expand Internet service to local communities by changing a state law which currently prevents many citizens from obtaining high-speed broadband.
7/14/2014 11:16:29 AM
Zayo Set to Provide Connectivity to Weld County School District
Zayo Group, LLC recently signed a ten-year contract with the Weld County School District to provide a managed 1G private dedicated Ethernet network, connecting 30 schools and administration buildings.
7/14/2014 11:11:46 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The Dark Fiber market continued its upward trajectory this week, with Google Fiber in the headlines.
7/12/2014 7:20:00 AM
Passed Over by Google Fiber, Louisville Eyes Its Own 1Gbps Plans
The country has a clear 'digital divide,' between those with adequate access to broadband and those without, and it falls along population lines. However, communities everywhere are realizing that abundant high speed Internet access is essential for sparking innovation, driving economic growth and improving education, and many have made high speed broadband a pillar of their economic development plans.
7/9/2014 6:14:36 PM
Overland Park Excited to Receive Google Fiber
Google Fiber is bringing speeds of up to 100 times faster than what many of us are used to across America. At 1gbps, Google Fiber's speeds are almost unimaginable, and the potential seems endless. A relatively new service by Google, Fiber is going to be unavailable for a majority of cities for some time. While most of us are left waiting for Google Fiber, Kansas City seemed to be the lucky winner, being announced back in 2011 as the first city to receive Google Fiber
7/9/2014 2:45:24 PM
Windstream Awarded $3 million Contract by Defense Information System Agency
Defense Information System Agency (DISA) has awarded $3 million contract to Windstream, a provider of advanced network communications, to provide diverse fiber services to Fort Campbell and Dover Air Force Base.
7/8/2014 3:49:01 PM
Bluebird Network Picks ADVA 100G Core to Offer Advanced Connectivity in Missouri
Bluebird Network, leading telecommunications company providing high-speed broadband connections to communities across the Midwest, has recently selected ADVA Optical Networking's ADVA 100G Core to connect major urban areas across Missouri.
7/8/2014 11:37:29 AM
Alpheus Communications Invests $12 million for Fiber Network Expansion: Houston and Dallas Businesses to Benefit
Fast-growing businesses communities in Houston and Dallas are demanding affordable data connections to their multiple office locations and data centers. Bringing fiber to these areas will help businesses have the level of bandwidth needed for connectivity and access to services.
7/8/2014 11:08:59 AM
Freedom Isn't Free, and Neither is the Internet
Freedom to live and choose as one wishes is a part of the American Dream. For freedom to exist, there must be laws, and those laws must be enforceable and enforced.
7/8/2014 10:54:14 AM
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