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December 21, 2013

Dark Fiber Week in Review

By Rory J. Thompson
Web Editor

It was announced this week that C4L, a colocation, connectivity, cloud and communications provider, has selected Zayo Group for multi-site fiber backbone in the U.K. As part of the pact, Zayo would deploy a network of fiber links that diversely interconnects 27 C4L data centers between London Docklands and Slough. Officials with Zayo said that this project builds upon an earlier Zayo deployment that provided dark fiber links between 15 C4L locations in London Docklands data centers. According to company officials, the new networks provide underlying dark fiber infrastructure for C4L’s recently announced coreTX high-performance MPLS network. The coreTX network connects over 55 data centers across the UK, including the recently opened Infinity SDC Slough.

The ability of fiber to deliver Gigabit Internet has created the new wave of fiber-based broadband network across the world. Fiber solutions providers have seen increased demand for their solutions thanks to the growth of smart devices that can transfer data at high speeds. TEO, a European provider of fiber optic solutions, just announced its fiber-optic Internet user base in Lithuania has surpassed that of broadband DSL seven years after the commencement of next-generation fiber-optic solutions (FTTH).

It was also announced this week that DragonWave (News - Alert) Inc., a global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, has become the single-source microwave backhaul supplier for MADA Communications Kuwait in its multi-million dollar network deployment. MADA provides high capacity wireless broadband nationwide in Kuwait, using different technology for corporate and residential customers. Thanks to DragonWave's Horizon Compact and Quantum (News - Alert) products, MADA's network will be expanded effortlessly to the increasing demand for bandwidth from their customer base. Horizon Compact is a high-capacity, packet microwave system with improved efficiency and simplified operations. Because the radio and modem are integrated into a single outdoor unit, Horizon Compact is a zero footprint solution – eliminating rack congestion and minimizing collocation space.

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