June 30, 2012
TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review
By Jacqueline Lee
This week in dark fiber, telemedicine received a boost thanks to the North Country Telemedicine Initiative in New York. The state is setting up the fiber optic network to bring specialist care to residents or rural and underserved communities. When complete, the network will being telemedicine to nearly 60,000 people.
Also this week, EMRISE announced that its CIP-ALL product line had been qualified and chosen by a European telecommunications company and a Europe-based international utility company. CIP-ALL delivers pseudo-wire emulation over Ethernet-IP with the help of fiber or copper. Product interfaces include analog telephony, data and video.
Videojet Technologies revealed V491-C yellow ink for coding cables. The ink, which is suitable for the 1710 printer model, facilitates printing on both extruded and rolled cable and wire without any transfer of ink code. The ink will endure 350 F high-pressure steam heat while still preserving its color and code information. In additional new product news, Specialized Products released their new TrueConect Punchdown Telecom Tools designed to make life easier for cable, AV, security, commercial, residential and IT professionals.
A flurry of new partnerships crisscrossed the Dark Fiber community this week. FibreCo Telecommunications, a South African open-access network provider, deployed optical fiber from Corning (News - Alert). Corning will supply both submarine optical cables and terrestrial fiber capacity for the company so that customers can up their data speeds without needing to re-install fiber.
Across the Atlantic, Hughes (News - Alert) Network Systems was selected to run the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society rural connectivity project in Ecuador. To the north in New Jersey, Cross River Fiber announced that it would provide infrastructure and dark fiber connectivity solutions to the Ultra-Low Latency RF Initiative.
Dark Fiber also went trans-oceanic. Optical Communications Group announced the deployment of the Manhattan Bypass network designed to connect to Europe while avoiding the congestion of Manhattan network traffic. Datapipe also plans to traverse the Atlantic with Hibernia Atlantic (News - Alert), which will connect Datapipe’s (News - Alert) two largest financial markets, New York and London.
On the other side of the world, Japan-U.S. cable revealed plans to upgrade their submarine network with the aid of Ciena. Ciena offers 100 Gbps coherent technology that will replace existing 10G optical equipment at base stations in Hawaii, California and Japan.
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