September 29, 2012
TMCnet's Dark Fiber Week in Review
By Ashok Bindra
This past week, vendors and service providers continued to advance optical transport networks for faster connections at cost-effective prices. Companies making news in the dark fiber space were SingTel, Ciena Corp., ADVA Optical Networking, DE-CIX, ASK4, Hibernia Atlantic and ECI Telecom (News - Alert).
Singapore-based global communications provider, SingTel, deployed Ciena Corp.’s 5410 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switch System (RSS) and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software to boost its global ConnectPlus IPLC network, according to TMCnet contributor Jyothi Shanbhag. The report indicates that SingTel (News - Alert) selected Ciena’s 5410 RSS after a rigorous survey. It links the service provider’s global points-of-presence, offering efficient aggregation, grooming and intelligent switching of SONET/SDH, OTN and high-capacity leased line.
SingTel said that with the new deployment, enterprises can reap the benefits of high-speed services on a state-of-the-art optical network capable of data transfers of up to 10 Gbps per single connection. As per this report, SingTel officials are looking for a robust, highly reliable and cost-effective network solution that will meet the company’s growing demand for a mix of assured service delivery, low-latency and high-bandwidth services for enterprise and wholesale customers worldwide.
In another report, contributor Anamika Singh reported that Internet Exchange DE-CIX has selected telecom infrastructure provider ADVA (News - Alert) Optical Networking’s 100G metro solution FSP 3000 to connect its core Frankfurt data centers with multiple 100G metro channels. DE-CIX is migrating from 10G services to 100G service.
The report shows that ADVA FSP 3000 is a scalable optical transport solution designed to respond to today’s high-bandwidth demands. The modular design of FSP 3000 ensures that the networks are built on a flexible WDM foundation.
Likewise, contributor Nathesh reported that the U.K.’s managed telecom services provider ASK4 will use Hibernia Atlantic’s (News - Alert) diverse and resilient connection between London and Manchester to meet its high-speed connectivity needs. The report presents a quote from ASK4 chief operating officer Ross Bray, who said, “It is well known that Hibernia offers a superior network designed to meet the needs of customers and capacity. At ASK4, we are constantly seeing residents press the boundaries of broadband capacity needs.” He added, “When we work with partners like Hibernia Atlantic, we can ensure we are prepared to meet customer demand in an efficient and time-effective way.”
Lastly, Romania’s leading cable operator RCS & RDS announced the deployment of 100G channels using ECI Telecom’s next-generation Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platform, reported TMCnet contributor Shankar Pandiath. The migration to 100G service is a confirmation of RCS & RDS’ continuous effort to invest in cutting-edge communications solutions, according to Valentin Popoviciu, development manager for RCS & RDS.
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