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December 07, 2013

Dark Fiber Week in Review

By Rory J. Thompson
Web Editor

The Dark Fiber Community continues to be a bright spot in the ongoing economic recovery, as evidenced by activity in the arena this past week.

To keep up with the expectations of its enterprise and residential customers, inexio announced that it has recently installed the ADVA (News - Alert) 100G Metro for regional connectivity in Germany and Luxembourg. Operating one of Europe's fastest growing networks, inexio plans to cover over 5,000km of fiber and 100G deployments by next year. The installation of ADVA FSP 3000 will enable inexio to steadily expand its network infrastructure as per customers demand. The innovative ADVA 100G solution is backed with 4x28G direct detection technology that promises to deliver four key efficiencies: cost, space, power and spectral. This advanced technology helps in transporting data across distances in excess of 1,000km.

The Fiber Channel Industry Association (FCIA) recently announced the completion of the Fiber Channel Physical Interface by the INCITS T11 standards committee. The Fiber Channel Physical Interface is a 6th generation industry standard, which outlines 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Fiber Channel. The completed FC-PI-6 standards will now be presented to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); the publication is expected to be release in the first quarter of 2014.

In a release, Skip Jones, FCIA Chairman said, "The FCIA is helping extend the Fiber Channel protocol through close cooperation with the T11 standards committee's innovation in multiple areas. Many requirements that are addressed are based on real end user experience and input, leading to the development of new features and enhancements. By listening to customer's needs, the 32 Gbps Fiber Channel has been developed, representing the fastest single-lane serial transmission speed of any copper or optical storage interconnect in history."

DE-CIX (News - Alert) North America is a division of the DE-CIX group, and an Internet Exchange operator. To further expand into North America, the company announced it has established a new open, carrier-neutral Internet exchange in New York City. With a growing list of customers, the company is aiming to transform DE-CIX New York into one of the five largest Internet exchanges in the world by 2020. In this line, the company has partnered with Optical Communications Group (OCG), a fiber optic connectivity provider. As per the terms of this agreement, OCG will provide the dark fiber backbone for DE-CIX New York, including the service location at 325 Hudson, the carrier-neutral core interconnection facility strategically located on New York City's fiber-dense crossroads of Hudson Street and the Holland Tunnel. Ready for service on November 13, DE-CIX New York currently consists of five Points of Presence (PoPs) across the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. More service locations will be announced in the future.

Be sure to check back with the Dark Fiber Community regularly for our frequent updates.

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