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November 24, 2012

TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review



By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer



Even with Thanksgiving this week, the dark fiber sector was as busy as ever. Here are some of the top stories from the week.

First up, Latin American star-up carrier IFX International Carrier Services introduced a new corporate identity. It's a fairly complete initiative, involving both a new name and logo, and as such, the company is now known as Neutrona Networks.

It's only been five months since IFX-ICS debuted as the dedicated international carrier services business unit of IF Networks. Obviously, Neutrona will continue to maintain a strategic relationship with IFX Networks, which will now focus on serving in-region Latin American enterprise customers.

Next, Avago Technologies extended its R2CouplerTM family with new ACPL-M49U/K49U/M71U/M72U digital optocouplers, which offer a wide range of extended temperature options. They’re designed to meet demand for low power, low leakage, higher isolation voltage and higher common-mode rejection (CMR).

The ACPL-M49U, ACPL-M71U and ACPL-M72U are single-channel optocouplers in 5-lead small-outline packages, while the ACPL-K49U is single-channel in an 8-lead small-outline package.

All of these products are available immediately in sample quantities.

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research began developing a broadband network across Pennsylvania and has selected One Source Networks in its nominated provider inventory for last mile connectivity.

OSN is a carrier-neutral provider of last-mile access.

"KINBER member organizations have asked how they can connect to PennREN and experience the benefits of broadband," said Jeff Reel, CEO and executive director, KINBER. "With access to over 200 carriers, OSN offers our members easy implementation of last mile options that will meet their needs and reflect the best pricing available."

In other news, Dakota Carrier Network selected and deployed Ciena's coherent optical technology to deliver 40 and 100G wavelength services across its statewide optical infrastructure. This upgrade allows DCN to deliver scalable, high-speed, low-latency voice, video and data services to its commercial, education and government customers.

The network operator also recently deployed Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors in an 88-channel DWDM ring. This allows DCN to easily scale capacity and program its network to deliver 40G and 100G wavelength services to support demand as necessary.

Lastly, Ciena reported that its 10G wire-speed encryption solution is now Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 2 compliant and has been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Communications Security Establishment Canada. This means the company's integrated transport offering can now be deployed by U.S. and Canadian government agencies.

According to Ciena, this is the first commercially available integrated transport encryption platform to achieve this certification. FIPS 140-2 is an officially recognized North American standard that validates proper use of standard, peer-reviewed methods of encryption.

That's all for this week in review. Check out the Dark Fiber Channel for more news in this sector.

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