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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
Allied Fiber Links to Cologix's Jacksonville Meet-Me-Room
Cologix, a network-neutral interconnection and datacentre company, attracts new networks to its Jacksonville, Florida datacentre, reinforcing the growing importance of the market on the international network map.
7/7/2014 4:17:35 PM
Eight Trends Underlying Burgeoning Gigabit Network Plans
Gigabit networks have been gaining a lot of momentum recently. And just as importantly, there has been a widespread change in attitude, since companies like EPB in Chattanooga and Google in Kansas City made the first moves a few years ago. The discussion now has shifted from, "Why would anybody need this?" to, "How can we get more of this?"
7/7/2014 2:45:59 PM
Door County, Wis. Might Take Advantage of Dark Fiber
Public offices and communications facilities in Door County, Wis. may soon be riding high on a fiber optic network of their very own.
7/7/2014 2:28:41 PM
Zayo Files for an Initial Public Offering Valued at $100 Million.
According to last week's report at Light Reading, the "dark fiber specialist" has been on a purchasing spree both in the U.S. and in Europe. It has been buying up technological necessities over the past two years -- including the recent purchase of a data center in Atlanta, the report notes and which TMC has previously discussed.
7/7/2014 2:15:49 PM
Vermont's VTel Launches Rural Wireless and Fiber Network
VTel, a family-owned company serving Vermonters since 1890, has announced the rollout of a statewide high-speed communications network that will serve segments of rural Vermont.
7/7/2014 9:47:43 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The need to be connected is growing, and with it the need to use more dark fiber networks. Reports regarding dark fiber networks abound. Let's shine a little light on this week's news in dark fiber.
7/5/2014 7:34:00 AM
MyRepublic is Looking to Enter the Singapore Mobile Market
The mobile market in Singapore is robust, and characterized by innovation and value-added services. Though the growth rates have been slow, there has been a faster acceptance of technology and innovation. For example, the Singapore government was skeptical to issue 3G licenses, but within a short period, there was a big demand for it. In fact, by 2012, 3G was used by more than three-fourths of the eight million subscriber base, and this goes to show the technology acceptance levels of customers.
7/3/2014 2:17:54 PM
SolveForce Broadens Fiber Optic Internet Service Reach in Illinois
SolveForce, a provider of advanced communications solutions, has recently introduced a real-time online fiber optic provider tool to its customers in Illinois.
7/3/2014 12:49:17 PM
Moving the Needle on High Speed Access Requires Scale
Current national reports about the state of high speed access in the U.S. market always lag developments on the ground by some measure. But national reports will diverge from current reality even more at times of rapid change.
7/3/2014 9:46:56 AM
Study: Broadband Speed Demand May Outpace Supply
Anyone who thinks his 30 Mbps basic broadband package from his local service provider will cover his needs for much longer may be fooling himself. Even individuals lucky enough to have business-class speed may be disillusioned.
7/2/2014 1:55:08 PM
Birch Communications Extends Fiber Footprint in Kentucky
Over the last few years Birch Communications has made 21 acquisitions, serving to expand the breadth and scope of the Birch IP-Network.
7/2/2014 9:26:54 AM
Data Center Active Optical Cable Sales to Hit $1.5 Billion by 2019
Data centers are growing at incredible rates as powerful mobile devices and faster fixed and wireless broadband technology continue to be available around the world. The availability of these technologies is allowing consumers to create content and deliver it to their favorite site or store it in the cloud. This is flooding data centers with massive amounts of data, which requires a shift to fiber to some components of the infrastructure for improving efficiency. A new study by the Communications Industry Researchers (CIR) reveals the sales of active optical cables (AOC) for the data center is going to reach $1.5 billion by 2019 as more center choose fiber.
6/30/2014 4:52:45 PM
AT&T to Offer 1 Gig Network to North Carolina Town
A new report says AT&T will be providing a 1 gigabit network to Chapel Hill, NC. The 100-percent fiber network has the capacity to deliver speeds of up to 1 gig per second.
6/30/2014 6:00:00 AM
tw telecom Expands Network Coverage in Las Vegas
Engaging a resilient fiber network infrastructure, robust product portfolio and its own Intelligent Network capabilities, tw telecom has been offering Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally.
6/30/2014 6:00:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The Dark Fiber network continued its steady growth this week with new activity coming almost daily.
6/28/2014 7:34:00 AM
Clearfield Announces FieldShield Hardened Pushable Connector Y-Adapter
Clearfield, Inc., a company that offers fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, recently expanded its FieldShield Product line by adding the FieldShield Hardened Pushable Connector Y-Adapter.
6/26/2014 12:58:37 PM
EXFO Inc. Receives $2 million Order
Manufacturer of service assurances for the telecoms industry, EXFO Inc., has announced an order from a global tier-1 mobile network operator to the tune of $2 million to monitor and asses its mobile backhaul network infrastructure.
6/24/2014 1:47:32 PM
Longmont Fiber Network Construction Phase Starts in August
Longmont, Colo., is going to offer what it calls a Gigabit city, after initial funds were approved by residents for a fiber optic broadband network.
6/24/2014 1:41:07 PM
OnLight Aurora Establishes Point of Presence (PoP) in BYTEGRID's New Data Center
OnLight Aurora, a fiber optic network ISP and provider of dark fiber and lite wave connectivity within Aurora, IL, recently announced that it has stretched its high-availability fiber network to BYTEGRID's new data center in Aurora, IL. OnLight's high-availability fiber network includes multi-homed Metro Ethernet service and low latency wave interconnection to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
6/24/2014 11:35:23 AM
GVTC Communications to be First Rural Telecommunications Provider in Texas
GVTC Communications will soon become the first rural telecommunications provider in Texas to power more than 2,200 miles of fiber optic cable with a gigabit Internet service. More than 39,000 GVTC rooftops will be eligible for a gig connection starting in September.
6/24/2014 11:25:47 AM
Google Fiber to Be Offered in Kansas City Neighborhoods
Eight new neighborhoods in Kansas City that failed to qualify for Google Fiber two years ago will now be able to receive the Internet and TV services it offers. All of these neighborhoods, known as "fiberhoods" to Google, are on the Eastern side of Kansas City. In the central part Kansas City, several neighborhoods failed to get enough customers to persuade Google to sell service to consumers in those areas.
6/24/2014 11:20:53 AM
How to Assess AT&T and Verizon's 'Broken Promises' on High Speed Access
There is a recurrent line of thinking that AT&T and Verizon consumer benefit promises are rather routinely missed. Some might point to Verizon's fiber to the home plans.
6/24/2014 9:45:53 AM
Hurricane Electric Inaugurates New Point-of-Presence in Boston
In order to provide more connectivity options for enterprises in the Greater Boston area and throughout New England, Hurricane Electric has recently inaugurated new Point-of-Presence (PoP) at Markley Group, located at One Summer Street, Boston, Mass.
6/23/2014 4:43:54 PM
Cary Residents to Enjoy AT&T's 1 Gigabit Network
Residents and businesses in Cary will soon enjoy ultra-fast Internet access, powered by AT&T. This announcement came after Town official's inked new agreement with AT&T recently.
6/23/2014 4:42:48 PM
Spirent Communications Debuts 400G Ethernet Test System
Testing is an essential procedure to deliver reliable, high-performing systems and this process examines the functionality, performance, scalability and QoE of any services or products.
6/23/2014 4:11:47 PM
Google Fiber Could Strengthen San Antonio's Digital Culture
A quick glance at the Open Technology Institute map titled "Broadband Adoption By Household," which shows broadband adoption within the city of San Antonio, presents a collection of green areas in the upper half of the map and collection of orange and red areas in the lower half. Those areas in green represent city districts that have embraced broadband, and those areas in red represent those who have not. The divide is clear, and for most residents, it is not that way by choice.
6/23/2014 2:50:39 PM
Two Companies May Bring Super-fast Broadband to Louisville
Two franchises could be working with the city of Louisville, Ky. to bring super-fast broadband to its residents.
6/23/2014 2:39:18 PM
NASA's Shadow Network Displays Ridiculous Speed
Individuals seeking home Internet access might think that the newest broadband provider, Google, with its Google Fiber service that reaches 1 Gbps, is fast. It's not, though.
6/23/2014 2:28:14 PM
Indian Telecom Operators Ask for Uniform Guidelines in Laying Optic Fiber
In the interests of consumers and the telecom industry, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI has published a consultation paper following a request from the department of telecommunications (DoT).
6/23/2014 2:22:17 PM
New FCC Report Looks at Fixed Broadband ISP Speeds
Speed is the name of the game when it comes to Internet access, and service providers are in a perpetual race to claim the number one spot. Because everyone has access to the same technology, all it takes is to deploy said technology and achieve the fastest available speed until something new comes along, however that is not always the case.
6/23/2014 11:56:30 AM
Tower Cloud Upgrades by Tapping into Dark Fiber
Rural communities have always lagged behind when it comes to receiving technology that requires substantial infrastructure investment. This is because companies cannot justify making large capital expenditures in scarcely populated areas when the ROI is very far in the future, if at all. Usually it requires a joint venture with local, state and federal funding as well as tax breaks to make it worthwhile. One company that has found new solutions to bring fiber technology to rural areas by using existing infrastructure or dark fiber is Tower Cloud.
6/23/2014 11:33:27 AM
Tired of Buffering YouTube Videos? Google Fiber is Your Solution
We are all aware of the opportunities Google provides as a search engine. But now the company is offering high-speed Internet and TV via Google Fiber. At up to 1,000 Mbps, Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today's basic broadband, allowing you to complete a variety of different tasks instantaneously. Users can video chat, upload pictures, videos and play online games whenever they are ready due to the service's super fast connectivity.
6/23/2014 9:45:01 AM
Google Can't Establish Fiber in Boulder
Colorado state regulations may be holding back Boulder from a bid to receive Google Fiber. According to a recent report by local news organization Your Boulder, Google offers its Fiber infrastructure as a public utility, but state laws do not allow for that sort of agreement. The legal roadblock could hinder one of the state's most prominent cities' chances of receiving ultrafast broadband.
6/23/2014 6:45:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
Connections are being made everywhere as dark fiber continues to light up the industry and make new inroads.
6/21/2014 7:12:00 AM
Portland Looking to Lure Google Fiber to Town
Google has been incredibly careful about where it rolls out its Fiber solution. Because of this, there are dozens of cities lining up to get the tech. Portland, Ore. is one such city looking to jump the line. The city has moved to make itself a frontrunner by offering the search engine giant a franchise agreement that would allow the company to install both fiber and Wi-Fi around the City of Roses.
6/20/2014 11:00:32 AM
Cable TV's (Not So) Big Dig Deal
There was a time when telco TV providers entering towns and cities to battle incumbent cablecos were met with ads claiming the newcomers would have to dig up your lawn to provide you service in neighborhoods with buried power lines - an effort designed to deter customers from changing providers.
6/20/2014 8:01:31 AM
Allied Fiber's First Segment of Southeast Route is Now Ready for Usage
Dark fiber provides an infrastructural resource that can be tapped for scaling up capacity, added flexibility, security and dependability. It also enables customers to enjoy the benefits of the latest technology at their own will, and without having to wait for a service provider to upgrade or add the required service features.
6/19/2014 1:28:45 PM
North 6th Agency Selected by Allied Fiber
North 6th Agency (N6A), a communications agency based in New York City, was recently named the PR agency of record (AOR) for Allied Fiber, a company that is building the United States' first integrated, open access, physical layer, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure. As a part of its responsibility with Allied Fiber, N6A will be raising awareness about Allied Fiber's upcoming initiatives, as well as providing services, such as content development, media outreach, social media management and strategy, marketing audits, and more.
6/19/2014 11:47:33 AM
Level 3 Hopes to Compete in Fiber Network by Purchasing tw telecom
International Communications Company, Level 3, announced its intent to purchase internet services provider tw telecom in order to expand its commercial fiber network in the United States. The deal is valued at about $5.64 billion and $40.86 per share in cash and stock, which represents a 12% premium to tw telecom's closing price on Friday of $36.34 according to The terms of the deal include tw telecom stockholders getting $10 cash and 0.7 shares of Level 3.
6/19/2014 10:18:00 AM
Verizon Continues Fiber-Optic Installation in New York City: Likely Will Miss June Deadline
New York City's infrastructure will be getting an added boost as Verizon continues on its fiber-optic improvement project totaling some $3 billion.
6/19/2014 9:31:19 AM
Champion ONE Announces Availability of New 40km SFP+ DWDM Transceivers
Champion ONE, one of the world's premier OEMs of compatible optical transceivers, recently introduced its new, 40km SFP+ DWDM transceivers, which will soon be showcased during Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in Chicago.
6/18/2014 4:03:39 PM
Dark Fiber is the Future of Broadband Connectivity
Businesses are always looking for the next best technology to place them one step ahead of competitors. In recent years, many enterprises have prominently focused on increasing their broadband speeds to give them a leg up. In many largely-populated areas, competition for broadband pricing and speed can be fierce, and one emerging sector of the broadband community that seeks to overpower all that competition is ultra high-speed dark fiber.
6/18/2014 4:00:43 PM
Calix Announces Launch of Fiber Forward Partner Program
Calix, Inc., a global leader in access innovation, has launched the Fiber Forward Partner Program.
6/18/2014 1:49:32 PM
GVTC Communications Selects Calix E7-20
GVTC Communications, a communications leader in south Texas, has selected and deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion fiber network in cities of Boerne, Bulverde, and Gonzales, Texas.
6/18/2014 1:29:27 PM
Ethernet Service Revenue Poised for Huge Growth
The market is constantly looking for growth sectors and big gains, but one segment that's poised for some very big gains indeed, according to a new study from Infonetics Research, is the Ethernet service sector. While there will always be those who define "big gains" differently, it's hard to not apply the idea to this field, as revenue may ultimately grow 300 percent over its current level just by 2018 alone, a development that is set to actually outstrip several comparable markets in the general field.
6/18/2014 1:20:21 PM
Nashville Gets on Hooked to Google Fiber
High-speed broadband has become an integral part of every household and business today. Internet is used for virtually everything from video conferencing and blog posting to shopping to entertainment, there is no end to what it is used for. This is why many service providers are looking to offer the best high speed broadband to their customers.
6/18/2014 12:47:55 PM
The OpenCape Network Completes Successful First Year Offering Fiber-Optic Broadband
OpenCape Corporation, a non-profit corporation that provides a regional communications network and its partner CapeNet LLC, are celebrating the successful one year of their open-access fiber-optic OpenCape Network. The OpenCape network caters to the needs of its customers located in Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts.
6/18/2014 11:12:58 AM
Google Fiber's Likely Next Stop: Portland
Google Fiber has been high on the wish lists of just about every municipality in the United States of late, some sufficiently so that said municipalities have taken matters into hand and brought out municipal fiber networks specifically for area residents. A new block of nine cities has stepped up into consideration to be the next Google Fiber city, and reports suggest that at the front of the pack right now is none other than Portland, Ore., according to a report from OnlyDailyNews.
6/17/2014 12:02:20 PM
Ciena 8700 Packetwave Transforms Metro Networks into Programmable Platforms
Network specialist Ciena is introducing its programmable 8700 Packetwave Platform, a multi-terabit switching solution that will transform how metro and inter-data center networks are designed, deployed, and operated.
6/17/2014 9:39:54 AM
Expanded Fiber Network Enhances Broadband Connectivity in Nigeria
The use of Internet and broadband connectivity has increased significantly among Nigerians who are realizing the benefits of these tools in national development.
6/16/2014 4:58:12 PM
Lightower Named Authorized Vendor for NJ Data Communications Network Services
Lightower Fiber Networks confirmed that it has been chosen as the authorized vendor to the New Jersey state government through the statewide New Jersey Data Communications Network Services contract.
6/16/2014 4:51:24 PM
Utah City to Propose Free Phone Service Amid Broadband Controversy
A recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune stated last week that West Valley City may soon offer its residents free telephone service. The city announced the new program as tied to the completion of a contentious fiber optic network known as UTOPIA and a revenue-sharing deal with Australian investment firm Macquarie Capital Group. West Valley City and 10 other municipalities in the area are currently reviewing that deal.
6/16/2014 11:45:49 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The Dark Fiber landscape brightened considerably this past week with more cities and companies announcing expansion plans.
6/14/2014 7:34:00 AM
Austin Department Under Fire
The push to bring more fiber connections to more areas is being felt in areas all over the United States. Just recently, AT&T made a move on Winston-Salem, N.C., with plans to follow up that particular move in several fields across the country. Google Fiber, meanwhile, is likewise making advancements, and a host of other firms are also stepping up and getting involved. Meanwhile, in Austin, Texas, a new report from the Austin Business Journal shows that the business of hooking up fiber connections is getting so thick on the ground the government needs extra money to establish the necessary permits.
6/13/2014 6:33:31 PM
Portland Commissioners Approve Google Fiber Franchise
The franchise terms do not permit Google Fiber to operate "as a telecommunications service provider," though Google could apply to do so separately from the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
6/13/2014 3:44:00 PM
CDNetworks Announces Expansion of its Content Delivery Service in TELEHOUSE US Facilities
CDNetworks enables Global Cloud Acceleration and has been expanding rigorously with its infrastructure established in China, Russia and other emerging markets. To keep up with the demand of its customers, the company has recently announced its plans to expand its premier content delivery service offerings in Telehouse New York and Los Angeles facilities.
6/13/2014 12:37:10 PM
Allied Fiber Names PR Agency for Upcoming Initiatives
Allied Fiber has named North 6 Agency as its PR firm, with a focus on increasing its social media presence and to bring attention to its first integrated, open access, physical layer, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure.
6/13/2014 7:40:40 AM
AT&T Gigabit Service Gets Permits in Winston-Salem
Ever since Google Fiber first threw the switches and started up its gigabit fiber service in Kansas City, there's been something of a fiber rush hitting the market. AT&T has been in the thick of it, as have several other firms, and AT&T is about to stake yet another new claim in the rush to roll out more gigabit service. Specifically, a report from Multichannel News shows how city officials in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have approved an agreement that allows AT&T to bring in its U-Verse with GigaPower service, thus allowing gigabit service into the city.
6/12/2014 5:31:05 PM
Brooklyn EXPO Center Nods, Transbeam Beams
The Brooklyn EXPO center, located in the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is expected to open during the fall. It will handle conferences, company meetings, product launches, tradeshows, multi media events and much more. Transbeam will be providing scalable Internet services to the thousands of attendees and exhibitors.
6/12/2014 3:29:51 PM
AT&T to Build Gigabit Network in Winston-Salem
AT&T and municipal officials in Winston-Salem, N.C. have agreed to terms upon which AT&T will build 1-Gbps access networks in portions of the city, and likely reflects both the market opportunity, availability of backhaul facilities and regulatory flexibility.
6/12/2014 9:25:28 AM
Despite Cities Having Fiber Backbone, Telecommunications Lobby Blocks Usage
Lobbies have lately become a thorn on many people's sides. This time, they're making it very difficult to use the existing fiber optic lines built throughout hundreds of cities in the United States. It's become an especially painful process to open up fiber Internet particularly because of the battle over net neutrality-the hot topic of the year. Telecom operators argue that net neutrality is a bit troublesome for mobile networks, which are just beginning to mature. However, for ground-based wired internet, there really isn't a reason to eliminate the concept.
6/11/2014 4:11:17 PM
Verizon Looks to Microtrenching to Keep a Promise
Verizon promised the city of New York back in 2008 that it would give every corner of the five boroughs a fiber-optic infrastructure by the end of June, 2014. The company sadly hasn't lived up to its end of the agreement. That's a rather large problem considering just how popular high speed fiber has become, especially in NYC. As Crain's points out that isn't the only agreement Verizon has failed to honor.
6/10/2014 6:33:12 PM
Three US Cities Try to Expand Fiber Access
Fiber access is an option for many communities in the United States. Yet, the experiences of some of the nation's largest cities have not been always positive.
6/10/2014 2:49:53 PM
Virtus Selects Zayo to Provide High-Bandwidth Infrastructure Services in London
Vitus Data Centers, a London-based provider of carrier neutral data center services, has announced the availability of Zayo's high-bandwidth infrastructure services for its global customers.
6/9/2014 9:45:59 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was a bright week for the dark Fiber industry, with lots going on. Let's take a look at some highlights.
6/6/2014 6:05:00 PM
Students to Visit TELEHOUSE and Digital Edge Data Center
The 60 high school engineering students of Ralph McKee Career and Technical High School (Staten Island, NY) are excited to visit TELEHOUSE's Staten Island Data Center. The facility tour will educate them about employment opportunities in the telecom and IT industries.
6/6/2014 5:45:54 PM
Coriant Sets World Record in Dark Fiber Transmission Speed
It seems like everyone getting into the dark fiber business world is looking for one thing. Speed is the name of the game when talking about this technology and the company that can offer the fastest speeds is going to be the king of the hill. Coriant appears to be leading the race for the moment with the announcement that it has been bestowed with the Guinness World Records' title with the highest data transmission rate over hollow core optical fiber.
6/6/2014 10:58:53 AM
Key Connectivity for McKeesport District Now Via Sunesys WAN
Sunesys recently completed a 1Gbps managed private Ethernet network to connect seven locations for McKeesport Area School Districts in Pittsburgh.
6/6/2014 10:33:27 AM
Arctic Fibre to Launch for Subsea Fiber Optic Cable Project
Residents of northwest Alaska may soon have access to broadband provided by an arctic subsea fiber optic cable. Arctic Fibre is the telecommunications company that plans to lay a fiber optic cable from London to Tokyo, and it will soon begin marine surveys to determine exactly where it will place the line.
6/5/2014 4:22:05 PM
What Google Fiber Has to Teach about Bringing out Broadband
Google Fiber has proven to be a game-changer in a lot of ways. Not only has it proven a bit of a kickstart to the whole field of Internet service provision, forcing a lot of the market to step up its game in terms of providing gigabit service, it's also posed plenty of new options for those who put it to use. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in Kansas City, where Google Fiber really got going on a grand scale. The Kansas City Business Journal, meanwhile, took a closer look at just what kind of impact Google Fiber is having on the industry, and why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-via chairman Tom Wheeler-is saying that Google Fiber has plenty to teach.
6/5/2014 3:28:43 PM
Comtech Telecommunications Awarded $1 Million Contract in Africa
A subsidiary of advanced communications designer and developer Comtech Telecommunications Corp. was recently awarded a contract for $1 million to expand satellite mobile backhaul equipment and upgrade networks in Africa.
6/5/2014 1:30:25 PM
Mississippi's C Spire Joins the Hunt for Gigabit Service
It seems that ever since Google Fiber got started up in earnest, there's been something of a rush on to bring gigabit service to customers. We saw it with AT&T Gigapower, companies like Cox and CenturyLink got in, and the list goes on with even some cities starting up a gigabit service locally. Now there's one more name to add to the fray, this time in Mississippi, according to a report from
6/5/2014 10:59:13 AM
Lincoln Launches Municipal Wi-Fi
Lincoln, Neb. has joined the ranks of cities offering free Wi-Fi access. Lincoln's deployment uses a cloud-based approach that moves some of the infrastructure underlying the Wi-Fi network to a data center operated by Ruckus Wireless. Ruckus calls its offering Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS).
6/4/2014 6:00:31 PM
Lakewood Installs Fiber Optic Cable for Tenants
Lakewood's tenants will have a faster and more reliable connection by July 1, 2014.
6/4/2014 2:36:01 PM
Dark Fiber's Long Tail - The Digital Deserts of America
A recent article written by Scott Amundson highlighted the New York City Economic Development Corp's. ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge to address the so-called digital deserts in New York City. These are the buildings, neighborhoods, and areas within the largest city in the United States that have no fiber-based network services at all. These are real places that exist today and are, unfortunately, vast. They are dry spots on the major metropolitan landscape where barely any forms of innovation, creativity, or economic life can grow, flourish, and thrive.
6/3/2014 6:47:09 PM
Can Google Innovate with Satellites as it Has With Google Fiber?
Google plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of new satellites to provide Internet access to underserved regions and people, launching perhaps 180 new satellites, likely using a middle-earth network architecture.
6/2/2014 9:35:29 AM
WiredNYC Set to Show What Buildings Are Dark Fiber-Ready
WiredNYC is a new program in New York that certifies and ranks buildings by their broadband capabilities and Internet infrastructure.
6/2/2014 8:55:48 AM
Bolt Partners with Alcatel-Lucent to Deliver 1-Gbps Downstream
Optical communications news source Lightwave reported recently that Bolt Fiber Optic Services is in the process of upgrading its network to support broadband speeds up to 1-Gbps.
6/2/2014 8:45:59 AM
LUS Fiber Offering Gigabit Internet Connections in Louisiana Town
More and more cities across America are taking a long, hard look at the benefits of bringing dark fiber to their communities, and Lafayette, LA, is getting ready to offer up a gigabit Internet connection to residential customers.
6/2/2014 8:35:45 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The "need for speed" is apparently driving the Dark Fiber arena this week as we'll discover as we look back at the past week's news.
5/31/2014 7:45:00 AM
Georgia County Maps Out Profitable Fiber Optic Network
Creating a fiber optic network can be expensive, but if fully taken advantage of can be extremely advantageous. Unfortunately, when fiber optic networks were first being placed across the United States, demand for the high speed networks was not high enough to make up for the price. Miles of fiber optic wires lay underground, unused for years-which is a shame, being that fiber optic cables can transfer data faster than broadband, and can handle high traffic.
5/30/2014 6:21:16 PM
Google Takes on Buffering Issues
Google Fiber, when it first emerged to the delight of folks in Kansas City, Kansas, was regarded as a game changer in its field, a way to potentially break the various local monopolies held by cable companies around the United States and give everyone a shot at high-speed Internet access regardless of location. But Google Fiber isn't perfect, and that's a point that was recently driven home by some buffering issues that cropped up. A new report from eWEEK showed just what kind of fight Google was waging against the troubles plaguing its fiber network.
5/30/2014 5:46:55 PM
Arch Networks Provides Secure Gigabit Internet Connectivity
Enterprises are striving to maximize telecom services and budgets, looking for suitable solutions like dark fiber that provides benefits like cost savings over lit services and dedicated, virtually unlimited bandwidth.
5/30/2014 5:42:19 PM
TDS Telecom Announces 1Gig High-Speed Internet
TDS Telecom, the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., recently announced the availability of 1Gig high-speed Internet service in Hollis, New Hampshire, for less than $100 per month with a bundle.
5/29/2014 4:01:08 PM
1-Gbps Internet Access Trend Grows
Though Internet service providers might rightly have argued there was relatively little demand for 1-Gbps Internet access services, when such services were priced in the hundreds of dollars per month, Google Fiber has changed thinking among ISPs, resetting the price umbrella to $70 a month for a gigabit consumer service.
5/29/2014 11:33:52 AM
SpeedCast Expands TIER 1 IP Backbone into Vanuatu
SpeedCast, a network solutions provider, stated that it extended the reach of its TIER 1 IP Backbone into Vanuatu enabling high-speed services and the expansion of affordable connectivity in the Pacific Islands.
5/28/2014 6:36:42 PM
Lightower Expands Fiber Network in Greater Baltimore
Lightower Fiber Networks, an all-fiber provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, recently announced that it has expanded its fiber network in greater Baltimore, Maryland region. Also, the company announced that it plans to add more fiber capacity to its existing markets in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia locations. Lightower completed the expansion of 400-mile all-fiber network in the Washington, D.C. metro area in April.
5/27/2014 6:23:46 PM
Level 3 Extends Fiber Network into Sentinel's Data Centers
Sentinel Data Centers recently announced that Level 3 Communications has extended its fiber network into Sentinel's NC-1 and NJ-1 data centers, increasing the connectivity options for the company's clients. Sentinel's NC-1 and NJ-1 data centers are located in Durham, North Carolina, and Somerset, New Jersey, respectively.
5/27/2014 2:51:15 PM
Florida Town Looking At Dark Fiber Installation
The Longboat Key News is reporting that Longboat Key, FL, is one town that is may to get its own Dark Fiber installation going in the next few months.
5/27/2014 9:10:26 AM
Cisco Enhances Connectivity in Kansas City
Cisco has been contracted to build out a city network for Kansas City.
5/23/2014 2:10:17 PM
iM to Build Modular Colocation Facilities Along Allied Fiber Routes
As for Allied Fiber, Newby said that his company has completed the installation of a 528-count fiber cable from Miami to Jacksonville, Fla., and expected to have the full Florida system complete by the end of March.
5/23/2014 12:04:48 PM
Brocade, VMware Join to Provide Analytics Capabilities for Fiber Channel SANs
IT infrastructures are designed to generate numerous alerts on a daily basis. IT Administrators have to painstakingly analyze them to detect the critical from the trivial. This manual process is time consuming and may result in mistakes.
5/23/2014 11:21:49 AM
IP Cores Helps Implement 100G Communication Solutions
IP Cores is helping its customers using FPGAs to implement secure 100G communication solutions by introducing an FPGA version of a companion to its MSP10 MACsec core.
5/22/2014 4:40:18 PM
Mushroom Networks Launches New Truffle Routers
In order to optimally support WAN applications, enterprises and service providers need sufficient network capacity, faster networking speeds and higher reliability. WAN applications include data-intensive applications and cloud based high bandwidth uses.
5/22/2014 1:00:37 PM
Ethernet Alliance Discusses Ongoing Evolution of 100GbE
The Ethernet Alliance has teamed with Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) on a collaborative workshop to discuss next steps in the ongoing evolution of 100GbE.
5/22/2014 7:59:27 AM
Cbeyond Pushes Fiber Network to SMBs
In order to expand the company's metro fiber footprint across the country, Cbeyond, Inc. the Technology Ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced advancements of its dark fiber on-net and near-net build out strategy in which SMBs can now reap the rewards of broadband high-bandwidth fiber optic networks.
5/22/2014 7:21:59 AM
HISPASAT Colombia Awarded Contract to Hughes
Hughes Network Systems (Hughes), the global player in broadband satellite solutions and services, has been selected by HISPASAT Colombia, a subsidiary of Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT, to bridge digital divide in rural Colombia.
5/21/2014 4:06:24 PM
Global Capacity, PEG Bandwidth Team to Expand Connectivity to Tier 2 and 3 Markets
Global Capacity has been delivering global network connectivity solutions via its industry-leading platform, One Marketplace. The company has been expanding the robust One Marketplace footprint in order to maintain the highest level of interconnectedness with customers and suppliers.
5/21/2014 3:27:46 PM
FiberCloud File: A SaaS Portfolio with Secure File Sharing and Synchronization Solution
FiberCloud, a nationwide IT and cloud infrastructure provider, today announced that it has expanded its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio with FiberCloud File Sharing. The product is an innovative file sharing and synchronization solution that lets end-users securely access and share data, files and folders across any computing device.
5/21/2014 3:02:59 PM
Ventev Wireless Infrastructure Unveils New TerraWave Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit
Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, has recently rolled out its TerraWave Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit, at Cisco Live 2014, currently taking place in San Francisco.
5/21/2014 1:59:51 PM
Sonic Brings Gigabit Service to Brentwood
With bandwidth needs mounting high, it is clear that the dark fiber market is on a rapid growth. Dark fiber or the optical fiber infrastructure cabling is considered as the ideal solution for super fast internet services. But to take this further, and to give a new philosophy of network, gigapower is getting adopted to address the bandwidth issue at a national level.
5/21/2014 12:02:55 PM
Unite Private Networks Enters into Partnership with Hudl
Unite Private Networks (UPN), which provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers across a 20 state service area, has entered into a partnership with Lincoln-based video software company Hudl.
5/21/2014 9:15:42 AM
Ethernet Alliance Discusses Ongoing Evolution
The Ethernet Alliance has teamed with Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) on a collaborative workshop to discuss next steps in the ongoing evolution of 100GbE.
5/21/2014 9:03:56 AM
Zayo Acquires UK Dark Fiber Provider Geo
International bandwidth infrastructure company Zayo has acquired London-based dark fiber provider Geo Networks Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. The deal will add 2,100 route miles to Zayo's European network, according to its statement.
5/19/2014 4:19:32 PM
TeliaSonera further expands its network in North America
TeliaSonera, a provider of network access and telecommunication services, recently announced that its subsidiary International Carrier (TSIC) has spread its network over 24,000 kilometers of fiber coast to coast in North America. The recent additions include the Dallas metro network as well as an additional point of presence in Washington DC.
5/19/2014 11:19:35 AM
Sonic Giga Power now to Brentwood
With bandwidth needs mounting high, it is clear that the dark fiber market is on a rapid growth. Dark fiber or the optical fiber infrastructure cabling is considered as the ideal solution for super fast internet services. But to take this further, and to give a new philosophy of network, gigapower is getting adopted to address the bandwidth issue at a national level.
5/19/2014 10:12:56 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
Dark fiber usage continues to expand throughout the country, and news of this nascent community is everywhere.
5/17/2014 7:30:00 AM
InfoRelay Upgrades Its Private Dark Fiber Networks
InfoRelay has upgraded its private dark fiber networks in its regional markets of Los Angeles, California and Reston, Virginia.
5/16/2014 8:27:05 AM
Jefferson City Expands Fiber Infrastructure, Along With A Few Other Things
The lack of a proper fiber infrastructure in the United States is a big issue within and outside its borders. While most of Europe is enjoying a wealth of bandwidth due to a sprawling fiber network, the U.S. has slowed down by its dependency on copper. Government isn't necessarily faring any better, but that should be no surprise, considering the fact that it has the reputation of falling behind on the adoption of innovations.
5/16/2014 8:08:28 AM
Hurricane Electric Expands Global IPv6 Network to vXchnge Santa Clara Data Center
The overwhelming expansion of the fixed and mobile network and the launch of bring your own device, or BOYD initiatives, as well as cloud computing, have pushed the Internet assigned numbers authority (IANA) to exhaust its reserve of available IPv4 addresses that are allotted to regional Internet registries across the globe, sparking a need to move up to Internet Protocol version 6 or the now popular IPv6.
5/15/2014 3:27:38 PM
Transbeam's Ethernet over Copper Solution Wins 2014 Mobility Tech Zone Product of the Year Award
TMC, a global, integrated media company, recently recognized Transbeam's Ethernet over Copper service with the 2014 Mobility Tech Zone Product of the Year Award.
5/15/2014 12:48:00 PM
SEACOM Selects Infinera Intelligent Transport Network in Africa
SEACOM's international network involves multiple submarine cable systems connecting Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Its submarine and terrestrial networks, enable carriers, network operators, and service to grow their operations across Africa and beyond.
5/13/2014 6:22:27 PM
International Carrier Sales & Solutions Inaugurates New Point of Presence in New York
International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), the international wholesale division of Deutsche Telekom AG, has recently launched a new point of presence (PoP) in New York.
5/13/2014 9:16:07 AM
Consolidate Communications, Viamedia Join Forces
Viamedia, one of the television industry's leading independent providers of outsourced local television advertising services on behalf of cable companies, has entered into a partnership with Consolidated Communications.
5/12/2014 5:46:48 PM
Lumos Networks Completes 100G DWDM Long-Haul
Lumos Networks a provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region will be completing its 53 mile long-haul route from Richmond to Charlottesville, Virginia during the second quarter of 2014.
5/12/2014 9:35:17 AM
DHS Fears Fiber-Based Telephone Services May Cost Them Priority
With shifts in technology leading to the eventual demise of copper based wire telephone services, AT&T is making steps toward adopting high-speed fiber optic cables as the new form of telephone services. AT&T's plan will turn all phone calls into pieces of data, which will enable new technologies along the lines of high definition voice and video calls. It is also claimed that they will enhance 911 services. As a major step toward implementation, AT&T is conducting field trials in two towns in Florida and Alabama.
5/12/2014 8:58:22 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The dark fiber community continued to expand and make news this week, as more and more companies made strategic moves within the industry.
5/10/2014 7:20:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The dark fiber community continued to expand and make news this week, as more and more companies made strategic moves within the industry.
5/10/2014 7:20:00 AM
Wilcon Expands One Wilshire Building
To keep up with customer's needs and demands, Wilcon has recently announced that it extended its data center business by 25 percent at the One Wilshire Building, located in downtown Los Angeles.
5/9/2014 9:22:32 AM
AT&T Back on Top
If there's a comeback story of sorts in the telecommunications industry today, AT&T is it. The company has driven past its ill-fated attempt to purchase T-Mobile and is now on a roll with gigabit home fiber deployments, an offer to buy DirecTV, and word is it might beat Verizon to the punch with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments this month.
5/8/2014 3:48:54 PM
Fiber to Home Connections Grow 29% In 2013
The number of global high speed access connections grew about six percent in 2013, reaching 665.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research.
5/8/2014 2:05:18 PM
TW Telecom Forges New Partnership Agreement with GoGrid
tw telecom, a national provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions, recently teamed up with GoGrid, a specialist in Open Data.
5/8/2014 8:45:57 AM
Pricey Internet is Bad for Business, and Americans Pay More than Most
High-speed Internet is increasingly important in the world of today's businesses. Unfortunately, both business and residential customers in America have a very limited choice of options when it comes to choosing an Internet provider - usually, there is only one cable company and one DSL provider, and often the two are one-in-the-same. Unfortunately, this means that these companies are able to charge outrageous prices for mediocre Internet speeds, and are able to hold more reliable connections for ransom at much higher prices.
5/8/2014 8:29:24 AM
Metro Fiber Footprint Expansion Coming from TW Telecom
tw telecom, one of the U.S.'s top providers of Business Ethernet services, has decided to expand its capabilities for its California Bay Area markets.
5/7/2014 9:32:44 AM
Panduit Tapped Fiber Optic Cassettes help Keep Networks Ticking
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to analyze real-time traffic, monitor network performance and identify application problems or issues without having to install software on networks and servers? Data center managers may be in for a surprise, Panduit has something up its sleeves that wouldn't make heavy lifting of keeping networks healthy.
5/6/2014 2:32:27 PM
Metronet's Dark Fiber to Light up Indiana County
The public-private partnership between government officials in three Indiana counties and Metronet, with support from business leaders, is a sterling example of how working together and pitching in can benefit everybody.
5/5/2014 4:30:35 PM
tw telecom Augments Its Fiber Optic Network in Nashville, Tennessee
Business Ethernet and networking solutions provider tw telecom Inc. has expanded its existing fiber optic network in Nashville, Tennessee, to facilitate additional economic and business development opportunities for customers residing in the city.
5/5/2014 3:29:04 PM
Charlotte Bidding for Google Fiber Installation
While some cities are relegated to just waiting and hoping they will be chosen to receive Google Fiber, others are more proactive. The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte is one town moving forward with a formal application for the technology. The application is a more straightforward way of telling Google they are ready, willing, and able for the company to bring its gigabit residential broadband Internet service to the city.
5/5/2014 11:32:10 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
The dark fiber industry continues to experience unprecedented growth, as evidenced by activities that took place in just the last week alone.
5/3/2014 7:20:00 AM
325 Hudson Street will now Have Atlantic Metro CloudDirect DCx
Atlantic Metro Communications, a managed infrastructure service provider, has been operating its cloud service portfolio out of 325 Hudson since 2007. Currently, it is establishing a point of presence within the building owned and managed Meet Me Room by deploying its CloudDirect DCx.
5/1/2014 5:36:01 PM
Wheelings & Dealings: Fibrenoire Announces Acquisition of Pixel Web
Fibrenoire, a telecommunication company specializing in fiber optic connectivity services for businesses in Quebec and Ontario, has acquired Pixel Web.
5/1/2014 1:28:36 PM
Zayo Group Adds 350 Metro Route Miles in Paris
Zayo Group is adding 350 metro route miles in Paris and more than 500 on-net buildings to its network with the acquisition of Neo Telecoms.
5/1/2014 12:02:14 PM
Allstream Continues to Grow Across Canada with New IP Customer
Canada-based Allstream, an all-business communications provider, has announced that it has begun the year strongly with a number of new business customers opting to connect to its Canada -wide fiber optic IP network.
5/1/2014 11:31:18 AM
Rolling the Dice: Cities Wait and Hope for Google Fiber
Major metropolitan cities across the U.S. are in a watching and waiting mode, hoping to see if they're going to be one of the "chosen few" to be first to get Google Fiber in their town.
4/30/2014 4:08:54 PM
Cox Communications to Offer 1 Gbps in 2014
At the moment, it is hard to determine precisely what that means. Cox might start with any communities where it does, or could, face Google Fiber or AT&T as a competitor. That is the case in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan., for example.
4/30/2014 2:49:31 PM
Zayo Group Acquires Neo Telecoms
Zayo Group, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, recently announced the acquisition of Neo Telecoms, a Paris-based Bandwidth Infrastructure company. As per the terms of the agreement, Neo's Paris and regional network throughout France will be integrated into Zayo's existing European network.
4/29/2014 3:04:28 PM
Integra Fiber Network connects to vXchnge's Santa Clara Data Center
vXchnge, a data center services company operating data centers in multiple markets across the US, recently announced the extension of Integra's advanced fiber network connection to vXchnge's Santa Clara Data Center. As a result, vXchnge will now be able to offer highly scalable and secure bandwidth business connectivity solutions.
4/28/2014 5:55:13 PM
Verizon Business Strategy for 8 Million Homes is 'Harvesting'
The rational strategy for a product clearly in the declining part of its life cycle is to "harvest" revenues, hopefully with a gently declining revenue impact, while investing to grow other lines of business.
4/28/2014 2:11:28 PM
Is Portland Selling Its Soul for Google Fiber?
The Oregonian reported earlier this month that the city of Portland was one step closer to obtaining access to Google Fiber and, at least one analyst says that Google may be receiving special treatment.
4/28/2014 11:28:26 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
At the start of the week, Lightower announced that it had completed its 400-mile network connecting the Washington, D.C. metro area.
4/26/2014 8:22:00 AM
Google Considers Wi-Fi Networks as Google Fiber Spreads
If you feel as if your Internet options are just not fast enough to fill your needs, Google may be a new option for you. Google has been working on setting up its own Internet service, with plans to lay the foundations for Google Fiber in 34 cities across the United States. The new service is reported to have the ability to send 1gb of data per second, a rate considered 100 times faster than those connections provided to the average American consumer.
4/25/2014 6:15:03 PM
TransTeleCom Augments Network Connectivity in Western Europe Using Hibernia's EtherReach
TransTeleCom (TTK), a Russia-based fiber-optic communications network operator, amplified its network connectivity for Western Europe using Hibernia's EtherReach Global-IX service.
4/23/2014 1:07:13 PM
Diverse Power Deploys Exalt ExploreAir Microwave Backhaul Systems
The Exalt ExploreAir microwave backhaul systems are said to be enabling Diverse Power-La Grange, GA based electric membership cooperative-to interconnect traffic from its TETRA UHF radio network back to its fiber core.
4/23/2014 1:01:28 PM
325 Hudson Wins a New Client in Global Cloud Xchange for its Meet Me Room Environment
325 Hudson Street, located in the fiber-dense Hudson Street corridor, a 240,000 square foot facility with direct access to transatlantic cables and major metro and regional fiber providers-this is advanced level colocation
4/23/2014 11:28:17 AM
TW Telecom Increases its Market Reach in Louisville and Southern Indiana
Business Ethernet and networking services provider, tw telecom has announced that it is increasing its metro fiber network in Louisville and Indiana.
4/23/2014 7:59:11 AM
AT&T Rediscovers Broadband Infrastructure; Verizon to Follow?
AT&T announced yesterday it is looking at expanding its fiber network "to up to" -- in other words, tempt us, and we will come -- 100 cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metro areas. New builds will get gigabit fiber speeds and TV services to consumers and businesses.
4/22/2014 1:12:20 PM
Verizon Rolling Out 100G Technology on US Metro Network
While Verizon might be better known for its cellular phone service, the company has been branching out over the last few years. But that doesn't mean Verizon is ignoring its cellular services, and in fact the company has just announced the launch of its 100G technology on its U.S. metro network. This move has been described, as a way for the firm to continue to meet its bandwidth needs over the long haul.
4/21/2014 5:49:46 PM
tw telecom Expands Nationwide Network, Introduces Service in the Salt Lake Valley
tw telecom, a provider of business Ethernet and networking solutions, has extended its nationwide network by introducing service to enterprises and data center customers in the Salt Lake Valley.
4/21/2014 3:06:09 PM
tw telecom Increases Its Existing Market Footprint in Portland
Business Ethernet and networking services provider, tw telecom has announced that it is expanding its investments in the region of Portland, Oregon. The company has been growing it business rigorously to meet its customers demand for variety of services including data and Internet services, Business Ethernet and Intelligent Network capabilities.
4/21/2014 2:47:39 PM
Lightower completes network expansion in Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Lightower Fiber Networks, a provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, recently announced that it has completed the expansion of 400-mile all-fiber network in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The new network will provide high performance bandwidth for educational institutions, government, wireless, social media, and cloud services.
4/21/2014 1:37:13 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It was a busy week in the Dark Fiber sector. Here are some of the major stories.
4/19/2014 6:00:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
TalkTalk and BSkyB are making a fiber network in York, located in the north of England. It will not only provide very quick broadband, but the companies will be able to avoid using the BT network. The service will involve fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) pipes, as opposed to the slower option of copper cables at the end connecting residences and the local fiber network. TalkTalk and BSkyB will be working on the project with CityFibre, which put in place fiber in York. Fujitsu will be responsible for the infrastructure. The service is expected to be offered in 2015 to at least 20,000 residences or businesses, according to news reports.
4/19/2014 5:20:00 AM
Some Insight on Google Fiber Economics
Google Fiber has not agreed to build in Portland, Ore., but is has reached agreement with the city for a 10-year franchise, which also needs to be approved by the city council. Such franchises traditionally have been required because service providers use city rights of way. The franchise agreement includes a few clauses that relate to the cost of operating Google Fiber in Portland. The deal also would cover the metro area communities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego and Tigard. Some Insight on Google Fiber Economics
4/17/2014 3:16:29 PM
Sky-TalkTalk Fiber Deal to Shake Up the UK Broadband Scene
Competitive broadband is underway in the U.K. for the first time on any broad level, thanks to a joint venture between competing operators Sky and TalkTalk to join forces with a company called CityFibre. As we reported, the three plan to directly challenge old-school telco BT, building a state of the art, city-wide, pure fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1Gbps to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the City of York.
4/17/2014 2:18:10 PM
TalkTalk, BSkyB Partner on Superfast Broadband Project in York, UK
Sometimes rivals find it is easier to work together. That is the case for TalkTalk and BSkyB - which are making a fiber network in York, located in the north of England.
4/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Fibertech Networks Completes Fiber Build at vXchnge's Cleveland Data Center
vXchnge operates leading, next-generation; software-defined, intelligent data centers in multiple markets across the U.S. Recently, the company announced that its Cleveland data center at 200 Prospect Avenue has got a major fiber build, initiated by Fibertech Networks, a premier fiber optic network service provider.
4/16/2014 4:18:14 PM
Comings and Goings: Telehouse Europe Appoints New Managing Director
Telehouse Europe, a major provider of global Data Centers and Managed ICT Services and subsidiary of KDDI, recently promoted its current Deputy Managing Director, Hiroyuki Soshi to Managing Director.
4/15/2014 2:32:35 PM
Pacnet Ensures 100G Services to CoreSite's Los Angeles Customers
Pacnet's newly upgraded sub-sea cable with 100G capacity should enable the company to easily cater to the rising demand for bandwidth services throughout the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. The company is said to have upgraded its cable infrastructure at the Coresite Los Angeles data center campus.
4/15/2014 11:47:23 AM
Where One Lives and Which ISP They Can Choose Tells the Story of U.K. High Speed Access
Rarely is anything related to the Internet truly understood by "average" metrics. In the United Kingdom, the "average" consumer fixed broadband download speed reached 17.8 Mbps in November 2013, according to Ofcom, the U.K. communications regulator..
4/15/2014 11:34:16 AM
Sri Lanka Telecom Unveils 100 Mbps FTTH Ultra-Fast Broadband in Sri Lanka
Fiber access networks have ultra high speed and lower latency. Sri Lanka Telecom, a telecommunications services provider in Sri Lanka is getting ready to offer high-speed broadband services in major locations with its new fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The service will be covering major markets, significantly enhancing the broadband footprint in Sri Lanka.
4/15/2014 10:43:53 AM
Skorpios joins 100G CLR4 Alliance
Skorpios Technologies, Inc., a fabless integrated silicon photonics system-on-a-chip company, recently announced that it is the newest member of 100G CLR4 Alliance, a group of organizations who are in support of a transceiver based upon 100G CWDM (Coarse Division Multiplexing) LR4 (4 wavelengths) in the 1310nm window and 20nm spacing.
4/15/2014 8:25:53 AM
Allied Fiber Builds Colocation Facility in Florida
Allied Fiber has announced the completion of a new colocation facility in St Augustine, Florida.
4/14/2014 5:01:18 PM
Zcorum in Early Stages of Testing TV White Spaces
Today, several tech and media companies are working on exploring the use of TV white space spectrum to help meet the fast rising demand for broadband.
4/14/2014 10:33:29 AM
Nebraska Town Looking At Making Jump to Dark Fiber
Dark fiber is the wave of the Internet's future and more and more towns are looking to get the fiber installed as quickly as possible. While there are plenty of big cities making the move, smaller towns, like Gothenburg, Nebraska are jumping on the bandwagon too. The Gothenburg Improvement Company's fiber infrastructure committee wants to bring in fiber optic technology as a way to bolster the community.
4/14/2014 10:00:47 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It's been yet another busy week in the world of dark fiber. Here are some of the top stories we've been following this past week.
4/12/2014 7:15:00 AM
Iron Mountain Data Center Upgrades to Wavelength Connectivity through Lumos Networks
The Iron Mountain underground data center near Pittsburgh, Pa., serves over 156,000 customers around the globe from the depths of a converted Limestone mine. The mine location was originally chosen to protect the facility's contents from a potential nuclear assault amidst the Cold War climate, but the data center is now focused on more modern priorities. Local VoIP and fiber-based data service provider Lumos Networks made the announcement that they have delivered 10-Gig wavelength connectivity to the famous data center. This marks the thirteenth data center to be added to the Lumos fiber network.
4/11/2014 9:47:25 AM
New EdgeConneX Data Center Arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah
Cable and Internet providers in the greater Salt Lake City metropolitan area will be pleased to hear that EdgeConneX, a company that specializes in hosting edge network data, has launched a new Edge Data center in the area. The data center is located on the 2300 block of Presidents Drive in West Valley City, Utah. Edge networks duplicate the Internet content that is stored on computer servers around the world, and then deliver that information to local residents and businesses that request it.
4/11/2014 9:45:37 AM
AT&T Looks to Head Off Google in North Carolina
One of the truly great things about Google Fiber's entrance into the broadband market as a whole is how it's lighting a fire under long-dormant companies-who seemed perfectly content to sit on collective laurels and keep cashing checks without doing much to boost service or expand bandwidth caps. That particular point is shown playing out again as AT&T looks to bring its U-verse GigaPower fiber-optic service to six separate cities in North Carolina, in a bid to compete with not only Google Fiber, but also Time Warner Cable's fiber offering as well.
4/10/2014 5:53:40 PM
Mod Mission Critical Intros Collocation by the 'U' Solution in its Data Centers
There is a growing demand for cost effective data center collocation facilities. Sometimes companies are forced to pay for unnecessary space. Mod Mission Critical provides customization options, which allow users to pay for what they desire.
4/10/2014 5:08:11 PM
Windstream's Data Centers Certified by BrightLine CPAs & Associates
Windstream, a provider of advanced communications, recently announced that its data centers and network have recently been certified by BrightLine CPAs & Associates Inc. for protecting consumers' private health and financial data.
4/10/2014 9:17:51 AM
Sri Lanka Telecom to Deliver 100Mbps Broadband to Residents
Broadband in Sri Lanka has been upgraded, thanks to the addition of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband. Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) recently announced the new service that will give users access to 100 Mbps download speeds. According to Sri Lankan news site, The Island, the service will include packages that offer 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps speeds and HDTV.
4/9/2014 6:11:14 PM
SES Broadband Services Signs Agreement with ORBITCOM
SES Broadband Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of SES providing high-speed broadband Internet solutions via satellite, has entered into partnership with German Internet Service Provider ORBITCOM to market its Astra Connect service.
4/9/2014 9:10:45 AM
Gigabit to the Home Becomes a Local Political Issue
In the D.C. suburbs, gigabit broadband speeds have been put on the table as a local campaign issue. Incumbent carriers might want to take note, since there are a lot of neighborhoods around the country likely to be thinking the same thing.
4/8/2014 12:41:20 PM
Cable is Pulling Away in High Speed Access
Since about 2009, cable high speed access has pulled away from digital subscriber line, in terms of top speed. The DOCSIS 3.0 standard supports top downstream speeds of about 105 Mbps. AT&T's U-Verse (fiber to a neighborhood with copper drops) can achieve about 24 Mbps.
4/8/2014 12:24:50 PM
Vermont Completes Rural Fiber-Optic Broadband Projects
After an investment of $174 million, more than 400 rural community institutions in Vermont now have high-speed broadband connections, thanks to a partnership to build a fiber-optic network throughout the state.
4/8/2014 10:27:31 AM
Google Fiber May Expand Role to Include Wireless Carrier Services
Places that already have Google Fiber like Missouri's Kansas City already have Wi-Fi hotspots installed all over town, and presumably the wireless service would take advantage of these whenever possible.
4/8/2014 9:49:52 AM
Integra Extends Fiber Reach to 92 Data Centers
Integra, a provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has connected 30 data centers to its network since October 2013. Now Integra's total on-network data centers have reached to 92.
4/8/2014 8:24:12 AM
Avago Hits New Milestone, Ships 500,000 Optical Transceiver Modules
Avago recently announced that it has reached a new milestone by shipping more than 500,000 units of QSFP+ multimode fiber (MMF) optical transceiver modules for enterprise networking, computing and storage applications.
4/8/2014 8:13:25 AM
Fiber-Optics Now Reaching 39.3 Percent of US Businesses with 20 or More Employees
The result of a new report by Vertical Systems Group reveals 39.3 percent of commercial buildings with 20 or more employees have adopted fiber technology in 2013, a 3 percent increase from 2012.
4/8/2014 7:59:13 AM
SoCal Community Television Station May Fund City Fiber-Optics Project
Still undetermined is if the 503(c)(3) nonprofit television station can spend money for a municipal project. It's possible the money is restricted for use only by another 501(c)(3) organization, which would not include a local government organization.
4/7/2014 1:24:49 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It's been yet another exciting and busy week in the world of dark fiber. Here are some of the top stories we've been following that should help you shine a little light on the subject.
4/5/2014 8:45:00 AM
EXFO Unveils FTB-8830NGE Power Blazer
Next-generation networks are becoming more and more complex, and users are looking out for a solution that offers them a wide range of interfaces and rates without compromising portability, speed or cost.
4/4/2014 5:51:43 PM
Engage Communication Assists Light Rail Network Replace SONET to 10G Ethernet
Since 1989, Engage Communication has been developing innovative products and solutions that help organizations across the globe deploy and operate reliable and secure communications.
4/4/2014 10:51:06 AM
Zayo All Set to Expand Its San Francisco Fiber Network by More Than 50 Percent
San Francisco Bay Area is home to a large number of technology companies focused on Internet content and cloud computing services as well as major data center operations. No wonder the region is one of the nation's highest bandwidth intensive regions. Thus it came as no surprise when Zayo Group, a major bandwidth infrastructure provider, announced a major expansion to its Northern California fiber network.
4/4/2014 9:17:00 AM
EXFO Announces Launch of the FTB-2 Pro Compact Platform
EXFO Inc. recently expanded its FTB line of portable test platforms by introducing the industry's smallest platform for high speed, multi-technology and optical testing.
4/3/2014 4:38:22 PM
Integra, EdgeConneX Partner to Tackle Network Congestion
EdgeConneX, which specializes in hosting content at the edge of the network, has been partnering with networks and cable operators to ensure that data and content is delivered faster than ever before, but to keep pace with increasing demand, it decided to tap Integra's extensive network footprint across the Western United States.
4/3/2014 4:09:29 PM
Internet Solutions Deploys Infinera's DTN-X Platform Across its South African Network
Internet Solutions has been providing telecommunications services to public and private sector companies throughout South Africa and serves more than 80 percent of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. When the company sough a solution that could set it apart from other competitors in term of its customer care and services, it turned to Infinera for the DTN-X platform.
4/3/2014 1:26:56 PM
Interface Masters Debuts Niagara 5002
This new network appliance is built to achieve time stamping, de-duplication and flow based/flow load, load balancing. The load balancing is done with tunnel parsing based on the passenger packet. Also, the appliance can handle up to 40Gbps of traffic and comes fortified with up to eight ports of 10G fiber and two ports for the management and serial console.
4/3/2014 1:24:34 PM
Net - Net, Who's There?
The fact that the net in net neutrality actually refers to the term network and is not a reference to the Internet is lost. The difference between network and the Internet is profound, and the results of the confusion of the legal definitions and functions of each are then therefore profound as well.
4/2/2014 12:50:34 PM
Sunesys Dark Fiber to Light up VPLS' Data Centers
VPLS is a premier provider of cloud and managed services and hosts well over 10,000 servers and 5,000,000 websites. Needing to achieve 100Gbps connectivity between its LAX9 data center in downtown Los Angeles and its LAX10 data center in El Segundo situated 40 km apart, it turned to Sunesys, a reputed carrier of dark fiber.
4/2/2014 12:37:40 PM
'Super-channel' Transmission Capacity Deployments Reach 1 Petabit per Second
In order to handle increased customer traffic and bandwidth use, service providers require a long haul transmission technology that will deliver scalable, cost-effective capacity without compromising on optical reach. The optical transport industry is going toward a new type of DWDM technology - the "super-channel."
4/1/2014 6:21:13 PM
tw telecom to Expand Southern Colorado Network
Business Ethernet and networking services provider, tw telecom, has announced a double multi-market network expansion that will increase its metro fiber footprint by 17 percent in southern Colorado.
4/1/2014 5:03:22 PM
Infonetics Research Ranks Infinera as Number One Optical Transport Vendor in 2013
According to the report, Infinera has achieved very high scoring for technology innovation, reliability, service and support and the highest overall score for optical transport equipment. Infinera has achieved the position of market-leader due to its continued focus on optimizing next-generation scalability, capacity, automation, flexibility, manageability, convergence and efficiency to deliver superior Intelligent Transport Networks.
4/1/2014 12:04:12 PM
Neo Systems and ADVA Optical Networking Form Technology Partnership
Neo Telecoms, a metropolitan optical fiber operator and an international hosting and IP services provider recently announced the deployment of ADVA Optical Networking's ADVA FSP 150 suite of products to deliver Neo Telecoms' Internet Protocol to the Building (IPTB) services in Paris.
4/1/2014 12:02:31 PM
m2fx Intros All Dielectric Self-Supporting Cable for Last Mile FTTH, FTTC Deployments
The ADSS range is compatible with industry standard push-fit connectors, 'pig tail' fittings and fiber distribution enclosures. This ensures a seamless, straightforward deployment. It can be located near power lines and the combination of lightness and robustness eliminates the need to strengthen existing aerial poles which hastens fiber roll-outs.
4/1/2014 10:55:54 AM
Infinera Super-channel Transmission Capacity Deployments Reach 1 Petabit per Second
In order to handle increased customer traffic and bandwidth use, service providers require a long haul transmission technology that will deliver scalable, cost-effective capacity without compromising on optical reach. The optical transport industry is going toward a new type of DWDM technology - the "superchannel."
3/31/2014 2:03:59 PM
Cox Provides Las Vegas Charter School with Fastest Internet in the State
The United Nations General Assembly has declared access to the Internet is considered a basic human right which allows individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression.
3/31/2014 10:11:03 AM
tw telecom Augments Network Across Orange County
Business Ethernet and networking solutions provider tw telecom Inc. has announced a network expansion across Orange County, California.
3/31/2014 9:12:46 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
It's been yet another exciting and busy week in the world of dark fiber. Here are some of the top stories we've been following this week.
3/29/2014 7:30:00 AM
Wolfe Enhances Internet and Ethernet Service in Las Vegas, Nevada Area
Wolfe has been helping companies across the United States with its fiber-based Ethernet and internet solutions to help meet business connectivity needs, including Ethernet Transport Service, Metro E, VPLS, IPVPN, and Wolfe Business Internet.
3/27/2014 5:40:03 PM
UTStarcom Wins $24 Million Contract to Support Broadband Internet Access in India
UTStarcom, a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, has won a major contract to support broadband internet access in India.
3/27/2014 4:53:37 PM
Oswego County Weighs Options for Future Dark Fiber Network
The Oswego New York County Legislature is in the process of deciding whether installing a high-speed dark fiber network is worth the investment, including the future expenses that could arise maintaining such a network. According to WRVO Public Media's Gino Geruntino, the idea was put forth by Legislature chairman Kevin Gardner during the recent State of the County address, where he claimed that the project would not require any additional spending and that it would eventually save the county thousands of dollars each year.
3/27/2014 3:50:37 PM
Fiber Ethernet Gives 360 Hotel Group Savings and Service Benefits
The hospitality industry has seen better days. With travel off a bit thanks to consumers who are less than confident about the economic picture, and business travelers discovering the benefits of video conferencing and similar technologies, that's leaving hospitality in a bit of a lurch. But astute hospitality vendors have a great solution on tap: offering more and better quality services. For 360 Hotel Group, meanwhile, better service started with a new fiber Ethernet solution, as described recently by Hospitality Technology.
3/27/2014 3:12:41 PM
iM to Build Modular Colocation Facilities Along Allied Fiber Routes
A few years back a company called Allied Fiber set out to build a nationwide dark fiber network in an effort to bring more affordable and efficient fiber to a variety of customers. The New York-based company is selling dark fiber and neutral colocation along various railroad rights of way around the United States.
3/27/2014 2:36:20 PM
Court Square Capital Partners to Invest in Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings
Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc., a provider of infrastructure-based broadband services, recently announced that Court Square Capital Partners will initiate an equity investment in the company. Court Square Capital Partners will acquire the stakes owned by the company's current institutional shareholders, including affiliates of Goldman Sachs, Duke Energy and GE Capital. The Bank Street Group LLC served as Conterra's exclusive financial advisor in this transaction.
3/27/2014 12:30:02 PM
Verizon Invests More Than $400 Million in Massachusetts
Since 2013, Verizon has invested considerably in Massachusetts, over $400 million. While the company is happy expanding its business, it has immensely benefited consumers, businesses, and government agencies in this region.
3/27/2014 12:01:16 PM
Cisco Enables RST Fiber to Deliver 100 Gbps Connectivity in North Carolina
Cisco stated that the newly constructed North Carolina's statewide network will feature its end-to-end network infrastructure solutions for facilitating 100 Gbps connectivity. Cisco and its partner RST Fiber are working together to ensure that the 3,000 miles of high-speed, 100G optical networks are intelligent and programmable and also capable of accelerating service turn-up and offering personalized service offerings.
3/25/2014 12:11:22 PM
FirstLight Fiber Announces Expansion of Vermont Data Center
FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic network in Upstate New York and Northern New England, has expanded its Vermont data center, located in Williston, Vermont.
3/25/2014 9:02:20 AM
Northeast Georgia Residential Can Now Experience Internet Speed of 1 Gigabit per Second Powered by Trailwave Fiber Network
As technologies grow, the demand for bandwidth also goes up and fiber optics is one of the latest technologies that can keep up with the demand.
3/24/2014 11:59:16 AM
Fatbeam Educates Us on the Competitive Fiber Services Market
For Fatbeam, it all starts with education.
3/24/2014 9:26:22 AM
Comlink Tells Story of Software, Network Expansion
Comlink is a facilities-based service provider that delivers an array of connectivity and services in much of the Midwest. But COO John Summersett thinks of Comlink as an IT company with a network with a future for which the heartland will be only part of the story.
3/24/2014 8:22:30 AM
Overture Introduces 10GB EAD Designed For Virtualized and Software Defined Services
Overture Networks has announced the launch of a 10GB optical Ethernet Access Device (EAD) as part of its Overture 65 series suite, completing the Overture suite for virtualized and software-defined services on Metro Ethernet networks.
3/24/2014 6:05:00 AM
New Ethernet Access Service Enhances Carrier Ethernet Offering
FirstLight Fiber has announced the launch of an Ethernet Access service that is fully compliant with the defined standards in the industry. The new service will be extended across the company's present service locations.
3/24/2014 6:00:00 AM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
There was ongoing movement in the dark fiber community this week, with expansions, growth and hiring making news.
3/22/2014 7:00:00 AM
Comings and Goings: Kristine Kropp is New Vice President of Service Delivery for FiberLight
FiberLight announced it has hired Kristine Kropp as the new Vice President of Service Delivery. Ms. Powell has more than 25 years of operations, service delivery and customer care experience in some of the largest organizations in telecom.
3/20/2014 6:06:43 PM
Level 3 and EMCALI Join Hands to Bring Enhanced Internet Connectivity to Colombia
In an effort to improve communications services in the Colombian Pacific region, Level 3 Communications, Inc., a communications services provider, in partner with EMCALI (Empresas Municipales de Cali), a state-owned utilities services company in Cali, Colombia, announced the construction of a new cable that will connect Colombia to its international network.
3/20/2014 5:28:53 PM
Merit Network Deploys ADVA 100G Metro to Support its Customers Bandwidth Growth
Merit Network announced the utilization of ADVA 100G Metro solution to support its customers' future bandwidth growth. This new deployment will offer improved bandwidth capacity to the company's core network ranging from Ann Arbor to Detroit and Lansing, Michigan to its optical fiber ring in Chicago.
3/20/2014 5:08:53 PM
Global Capacity Extends One Marketplace Network in UK
Looking to explore markets in England, Global Capacity, a network connectivity company, has announced competitive, automated network pricing throughout the United Kingdom. This step by the company is to cater to the demands resulting out of increased corporate globalization, the company has stated.
3/20/2014 11:44:48 AM
Metro Development Group and Bright House Networks Partner to Offer First Gigabit Fiber to Florida Communities
The residents of Florida Communities will soon have access to the most advanced broadband networks up to 100 times faster than standard DSL or cable services, thanks to a cooperative effort between Metro Development Group (MDG) and Bright House Networks.
3/19/2014 5:58:09 PM
Comings & Goings: Long Island Networking Leader Hires Ops Director
Long Island's premier carrier-neutral Meet Me Room for network interconnection and colocation, 1025Connect, has announced that it has hired Milton Koropshinsky as its Director of Operations. More familiarly known throughout the Dark Fiber community as "K," Milton comes aboard the 1025Connect team bringing with him more than 25 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. As Ops Director, Koropshinsky will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the well-known colocation facility in Westbury, N.Y., as well as taking on other responsibilities as they arise.
3/19/2014 3:31:08 PM
Wilcon Announces Integration of Freedom, IX2, and Wilshire Connection
Wilcon delivers an average of 432 fiber strands per cable, so it's well positioned both today and for the future, said DeLuca, adding that the company is more focused on the metro than some other dark fiber providers.
3/19/2014 1:37:48 PM
Lightwave Initiates Production of Silicon Organic Hybrid Transceiver Prototype
Lightwave Logic, a producer of prototype electro-optic demonstration devices, stated that it has begun constructing its advanced design Silicon Organic Hybrid Transceiver prototype that should help users satisfy the unprecedented data center growth requirements. OpSIS Inc., which received the finished chip design, is slated to release initial silicon wafers.
3/19/2014 1:01:15 PM
FirstLight Partners with BayRing
FirstLight Fiber has announced a partnership with BayRing Communications, a New England-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC). According to this partnership, BayRing will expand its network reach with the help of FirstLight's Metro Ethernet solutions.
3/18/2014 5:45:45 PM
Alpheus Communications Inks New Agreement with UNSi
With the intent to offer fiber and traditional telecom services to various customers in Texas, United Network Services, Inc. (UNSi) recently forged a new network-to-network interface (NNI) agreement with Alpheus Communications, a provider of Texas metro-regional fiber and networking solutions.
3/18/2014 5:25:33 PM
FirstLight Fiber to Deliver High-speed Internet by Upgrading Its IP Core Network
FirstLight Fiber announced plans to upgrade its IP core network to deliver high-speed and low latency Internet services in Northern New England and Upstate New York. Following the development, FirstLight Fiber will create a unique internet service by architecting a carrier-grade high-performance regional network. Around 50 percent of the Internet traffic on FirstLight network will be able to connect directly to the destination site without intermediate hops, which will significantly reduce the latency.
3/18/2014 4:49:20 PM
BrightRoll to Serve International Markets Through Data Center In Amsterdam
BrightRoll has entered into a partnership deal with Equinix to expand its technological footprints across international markets,and will deploy its unified programmatic video advertising platform at Equinix's Amsterdam data center. located in AM3 Science Park.
3/17/2014 11:34:00 AM
Cinemark Brazil Forms Partnership with Level 3 Communications
Cinemark Brazil, one of the largest cinema networks in the world, has announced a partnership with Level 3 Communications, a provider of global communications services.
3/17/2014 11:12:40 AM
Wall Street Journal Cites Investment in New Dark Fiber Routes
Basically, the tech giants like the telecom companies want control over as much of their networks as they can get. To gain control they are building, buying and leasing as much dark fiber as they can where they need it as soon as they can get it and put it to use.
3/17/2014 10:48:02 AM
ROOT to Offer Next-generation Colocation Services in Montreal
After a detailed internal analysis of the North American colocation market and consultation from industry research, ROOT found that Montreal, one of North America's most connected cities, was the best place for the construction of its next generation colocation facility.
3/17/2014 10:30:48 AM
EMCORE Introduces Optiva Links for VSAT Signal Transport
EMCORE has announced the launch of the Optiva OTS-2L10, 10 MHz / L-Band Fiber Optic Links for Very Small Aperture Antenna (VSAT) signal transport.
3/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Broadcom Reduces Power Consumption with Triple Speed Lite-PHY
Broadcom has introduced a new triple speed 10/40/100G Lite physical layer transceiver (Lite-PHY) for high-density data center applications.
3/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Champion ONE Optimizes Network with Single Fiber Transceivers
Champion ONE is enabling service providers and businesses to better optimize their network with the release of its new bi-directional (bidi) or single fiber 60km 10G SFP+ and XFP transceivers.
3/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Comtech EF and Supernet Implement 3G-ready Satellite Backhaul Network in Pakistan
To support its current 2G/2.5G and future 3G operations, a leading Mobile Network Operator in Pakistan has roped in Comtech EF Data Corp. and Supernet Limited who have together completed the migration of their entire 2G TDM satellite backhaul network to an all IP optimized backhaul solution. The Mobile Operator awarded the contract to Supernet after it had successfully tested and proven the technologies and processes for transition to an end-to-end IP satellite network by utilizing Comtech EF Data's award-winning and field-proven mobile backhaul solution.
3/14/2014 1:37:15 PM
Wheelings & Dealings: WaveDivision Holdings Acquires CPI
WaveDivision Holdings has acquired Port Angeles, WA based Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI), which is one of the largest privately owned fiber-based metro Ethernet providers on the Olympic Peninsula.
3/13/2014 6:39:21 PM
Wheelings & Dealings: Procera Networks Signs Partnership Deal with EITC
Procera Networks Inc. recently announced that it had signed a strategic partnership deal with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (EITC) to deliver its PacketLogic 1000 product suite. Following the development, EITC will be able to effectively optimize its network and offer improved customer experience to its diverse customer base across Middle East.
3/13/2014 5:40:11 PM
Spirent Launches 4-Port Test Module for CFP4 Transceiver Interfaces
Spirent Communications PLC has announced the launch of 4-port Spirent dX2 100G test module with support for CFP4 transceiver interfaces. CFP4 is a form factor defined under the CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for the development of next generation optical transceivers to support supporting the 40Gbit/s and 100Gbit/s interfaces required for meeting the demand for ultra-high bandwidth access.
3/13/2014 5:33:45 PM
Tektronix Launches Fully Integrated 40 Gbps PPG for Serial Data Testing
Tektronix Inc. announced the launch of a fully integrated 40 Gb/s Programmable Pattern Generator (PPG) featuring 200 fs Random Jitter (RJ) and 8 ps rise time performance. The newly launched Tektronix PPG4001 is designed to facilitate the required performance and signal quality for serial data testing at 40 Gb/s. The PPG4001 along with the earlier 40 Gb/s Programmable Error Detector now offer an end-to-end 40 Gb/s Bit Error Ratio Test (BERT0 solution. The company is expected to commence shipping PPG4001 during Q2 2014.
3/13/2014 5:26:15 PM
Huawei Demonstrates Significant Breakthrough in High-speed WDM Transmission
Huawei recently announced the launch of its 400G wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) prototype, which leverages Faster Than Nyquist (FTN) technology for increasing the reach of 400G transmission beyond 3000 km. The newly launched prototype marks a significant breakthrough for the company in the high-speed WDM transmission technology space.
3/13/2014 5:23:25 PM
Colt Chooses ADVA 100G Core Technology to Support Bandwidth Growth
Colt recently announced the deployment of ADVA 100G Core technology to support its U.K. enterprise customers' future bandwidth growth. The ADVA 100G core provides plug and play simplicity, ease of use, and does not require any costly upgrades to scale.
3/13/2014 1:01:32 PM
International Rectifier Announces 100V FastIRFET PQFN 5x6 Power MOSFET for Telecom Power Supply Applications
International Rectifier, IR, a provider of power management technology, announced the introduction of the IRFH7185TRPbF 100V FastIRFET power MOSFET that delivers high performance for DC-DC power supplies for telecom applications.
3/13/2014 12:48:02 PM
Infonetics Research Study Gives Insight into the Future of Telecom Equipment
BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have been improving their telecommunications infrastructure to cater to a growing demand for bandwidth. Out of these four countries, China has emerged as the leader in the 2.5G Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) equipment. Reports by Infonetics Research show that China alone accounted for more than 90 percent spending in this market and the Chinese manufacturer Huawei heads the list of GPON vendors in the world.
3/12/2014 5:50:26 PM
Infinera's DTN-X Platform Deployed Across Windstream's 100G Long-Haul Express Network
Infinera recently announced the deployment of Infinera DTN-X platform across Windstream's long-haul express network. The DTN-X platform consists of single-card 500 Gbps FlexCoherent super-channels which will enable Windstream to scale their network, differentiate their service offerings, and offer investment protection. Infinera is one of the leading providers of Intelligent Transport Networks.
3/12/2014 5:34:02 PM
Avago MicroPOD, MiniPOD Support 100GbE Data Transmission Beyond 550 Meters
Also, it can support 400m link distance per IEEE 10G Ethernet standard and a 550m link distance with the help of Corning's PretiumEDGE Cables with Corning ClearCurve OM4 bend-insensitive multimode optical fiber.
3/12/2014 2:48:32 PM
OFS Debuts TeraWave Optic Fiber Suitable for Coherent, Long Haul Networks
According to officials, the TeraWave fiber optimizes area of usage, cabling performance, and attenuation significantly when compared to single-mode fibers. This in turn helps enhance coherent transport, featuring spectral efficiency at 100 Gb/s and true long haul reach at 400 Gb/s.
3/12/2014 2:06:25 PM
AppliedMicro to Demo its X-Weave Connectivity Technologies
Also the multi-link Gearbox helps move the 10G SFP+ cages from the faceplate of routers and switches to dedicated shelves thereby reducing faceplate space. The need for more front-plate density and switch-ASIC pin counts in data centers will drive the demand for the company's Gearbox products.
3/12/2014 1:55:43 PM
Cincinnati Bell Picking up speed
Cincinnati Bell, an exchange and wireless provider for residential and commercial customers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, is now making advances in telecommunications products. According to an article on titled "Cincinnati Bell to Expand Fastest Internet Service" by Josh Pichler, their Fioptics gigabit internet service is 10 to 100 times faster than their customer's current broadband service, and Dave Helmbach, the Chief Operating Office of Cincinnati Bell, has reported that the service is equivalent in speed to Google fiber.
3/12/2014 11:42:03 AM
Fujitsu Completes 400G and 800G Speeds with Bright House Networks
Fujitsu's Network Communications division recently teamed up with Bright House Networks to run a trial of Fujitsu's 400G transport technology. The test, which was conducted on a live network using Fujitsu's 400G optical networking transceivers over Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONPs), was a success, as the tech was able to increase the flexibility of the cable systems' existing network. This was Fujitsu's first 400G trial with a cable operator.
3/11/2014 4:36:29 PM
Knowing the Difference Between Single-mode and Multi-mode Fiber Cabling
The need for fiber optic cabling in data centers will only grow with the increase in data rates, according to Design World.
3/11/2014 4:14:13 PM
Gen 5 Fiber Channel - The Cornerstone of Resilient Data Center Storage Networks
Higher throughput is important for keeping up with the many server and storage technology advancements, but the true value of Gen 5 Fiber Channel goes well beyond faster links. Through proper equipment vendor selection, it is possible to dramatically simplify Storage Area Network (SAN) deployment and management and drive down operational costs, achieve higher reliability, and utilize the latest innovative, breakthrough technologies.
3/11/2014 8:54:43 AM
Source Photonics Unveils its First 100G QSFP28 LR4 Transceiver
Source Photonics, a company specializing in optical communication components and subsystems used in telecom systems and datacom networks, has announced the availability of its first 100 gigabits-per-second optical transceiver.
3/10/2014 1:25:29 PM
Oclaro Unveils Products Suitable for the Deployment of High-Speed Optical Networks
Oclaro, a provider of optical communications solutions, has unveiled new products that will help customers to deploy high-speed optical networks that can cater to bandwidth-hungry applications.
3/10/2014 1:17:25 PM
Fiber Optic Networks Are Being Deployed Throughout Florida
A new form of technology is being constructed for Florida residents that will help change the way they connect to the Internet and ultimately communicate through technology.
3/10/2014 1:04:08 PM
Zayo Group Deploys Dark Fiber Ring in North Kansas City
Zayo Group, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure, has expanded its network in Kansas City, MO, by deploying a 16.6-mile dark fiber ring in North Kansas City, also known as Northland.
3/10/2014 12:50:32 PM
Moscow Metro Passengers Now Have Access to High-Speed Internet
The Moscow Metro, reportedly one of the most heavily used transit systems in the world -- running a total length of 200 miles -- is now positioned to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to its passengers.
3/10/2014 12:36:36 PM
Google Fiber vs. Microsoft and Comcast
A battle is brewing between Google Fiber, Microsoft and Comcast. Google is looking to expand its fiber service to 34 new cities from Atlanta, GA to San Jose, CA. This Google expansion might spell trouble for Microsoft and Comcast.
3/10/2014 12:27:47 PM
FVA-3800: A new Multiport Benchtop Optical Variable Attenuator from EXFO
EXFO, a provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions, has introduced the FVA-3800 Multiport Benchtop Optical Variable Attenuator.
3/10/2014 12:18:27 PM
Dark Fiber Week in Review
Although the proliferation of dark fiber continues to grow, some challenges are arising, as we learned from the dark fiber community this past week.
3/8/2014 7:30:00 AM
Clearfield Launches FieldShield Aerial 500 Microduct
The FieldShield Aerial 500 microduct is available only in black to provide high visibility in aerial applications. Other critical features include, external aerial strength support for easy lashing to existing support stands; quick, simple and easy fiber deployment with standard nylon pull cord; reduces cost of deployment by nearly 50 percent; and additional slip lining with a smooth core reduces friction during push or pull.
3/7/2014 11:18:27 AM
TrueVisions Deploys Nevion's Live Media Transport Solutions Suite
Some of the key benefits of the combined solution include reduced transmission downtime, reliability, elimination of fan maintenance, compact form, conservation of resources, easy to install, a variety of control panels and software applications allow users to enjoy a flexible and cost effective way to control their routers, low heat dissipation, and ultra-low power consumption to broadcast environments.
3/7/2014 11:13:56 AM
Avago Technologies Launches New Coherent Receiver Device
The device is a polarization-multiplexed quadrature phase shift keying (PM-QPSK) coherent receiver that reduces nearly two-thirds of the required footprint and minimizes operational costs. Only one-third the size of the first generation device, the AFCP-ICRX2CC enables increased input optical powers with smaller sized transceiver or optical line card solutions in colorless applications.
3/7/2014 11:11:52 AM
Avago Technologies Launches Longest Reach Retimer IC Solutions for 100GbE Systems
The newly launched AVSP-4412 is a bidirectional 4-channel retimer IC while AVSP-8801 is a unidirectional 8-channel retimer IC. The devices have in-built channel analysis and testing capabilities such as eye capture, pattern generation and error detection. The device can be controlled by the user through MDIO, I2C, or JTAG and the API facilitated by Avago. The AVSP-4412 also features embedded backchannel to facilitate automatic link training of individual channel.
3/7/2014 11:07:03 AM
Selling Fiber to Home Isn't as Easy as You Would Think
You might think fiber to the home is a sure winner, taking the majority of market share where it is offered, in preference to other access choices a consumer might make. That tends not to be true.
3/7/2014 10:37:22 AM
TE Connectivity Announces Release of New Fiber Installation System
A technology leader TE Connectivity recently introduced a new fiber installation system, which ensures a fast and consistent method for installing fiber throughout a building with minimal visibility.
3/7/2014 10:17:00 AM
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