October 19, 2013
Dark Fiber Community Week in Review
By Rory J. Thompson
“Growth” and “advances” were the bywords in the Dark Fiber Community this past week, so let’s see what happened.
Wilcon, a West Coast provider of best-in-class fiber optic and data center infrastructure, has acquired Freedom Dark Fiber Networks, a high-capacity dark fiber provider in southern California. Thanks to the acquisition, Wilcon is now one of the largest fiber optic networks in southern California, as it will grow its fiber footprint by nearly 3,000 additional route miles, providing access to nearly 1,000 additional enterprise buildings, wireless communications sites, data centers and Internet hubs. The combined company will now offer a broad range of services, including dark fiber, Ethernet services and managed optical wavelengths.
In China, Huawei (News - Alert), the Chinese provider of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, has launched its intelligent transport system (ITS) solutions that enable transport management organizations to deploy an efficient, stable and sustainable ICT system. The company has developed a number of ITS solutions to address different IT and communications aspects of the transport sector. They include enterprise long term evolution (eLTE) broadband trunking solution, emergency communications solution, big data transport solution and transport bearer network solution. These solutions allow enterprises in the transport sector to achieve agile operation, convenient user experience and enhanced safety.
Back in the U.S., Lightower Fiber Networks, a provider of custom, high-capacity network services, has signed an agreement with PCCW (News - Alert) Global, an operating division of HKT, to establish international Ethernet interconnectivity (E-NNIs) between their networks. Ethernet interconnectivity provides carriers with flexible ways to expand into new markets and leverage new communications services. Under this agreement, both companies will leverage each other’s network footprint and offer end users additional networking solutions. PCCW Global’s carrier MPLS and Ethernet interconnects reach more than 3,000 destinations in 130 countries.
Google’s (News - Alert) Fiber to the Home initiative took a leap forward this week. Google Fiber’s new policies state that customers are not allowed to "operate servers for commercial purposes. However, personal, non-commercial use of servers that complies with this AUP is acceptable, including using virtual private networks (VPN) to access services in your home and using hardware or applications that include server capabilities for uses like multi-player gaming, video-conferencing, and home security." Google made these term of service changes just last week. The changes took place at the same time that a family in Provo, Utah, held a protest against the no server policy. Google has stated several times that it did allow personal servers on fiber, but putting it in the terms reassures customers that they have the option.
Be sure to check back daily for all the update in the Dark Fiber community.
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