March 22, 2014
Dark Fiber Week in Review
By Rory J. Thompson
There was ongoing movement in the dark fiber community this week, with expansions, growth and hiring making news.
For example, in an effort to improve communications services in the Colombian Pacific region, Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), Inc., a communications services provider, in partner with EMCALI (Empresas Municipales de Cali), a state-owned utilities services company in Cali, Colombia, announced the construction of a new cable that will connect Colombia to its international network. Level 3 operates its own fiber networks on three continents, in more than 60 countries and connected by undersea facilities. According to the company, it owns over 170,000 kilometers (km) of intercity routes (110,000 miles); 58,000 km of metro routes (36,000 miles); and 53,000 km (33,000 miles) of undersea routes with over 500 on-net markets. EMCALI provides electricity, aqueduct, sewage, and telecommunications services to the cities of Cali, Yumbo, Jamund and Palmira at the Valle del Cauca District. The new cable infrastructure announced by Level 3 covers both undersea cabling as well as terrestrial cabling infrastructures. The terrestrial segment of the cable is being constructed in partnership with EMCALI, which will use capacity over Level 3's undersea cable network to connect the country directly from Cali to major cities in the Americas, such as, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.
Closer to home, FiberLight, provider of mission critical, high performance fiber optic networks, has been undergoing some restructuring this year, beginning with the announcement of Paul Pierron as its Chief Executive Officer last month. This month the company announced it has hired Kristine Kropp as the new Vice President of Service Delivery. Kropp has more than 25 years of operations, service delivery and customer care experience in some of the largest organizations in telecom. This includes executive level operations, service delivery and field operation positions with Time Warner telecom, eSpire, and Xspedius. According to the company her duties will include developing and managing FiberLight’s (News - Alert) customer implementation operations and back office systems. She will be reporting directly to Paul Pierron at the company's Atlanta, GA, headquarters.
In other news, Merit Network has implemented a 100G transport solution from telecommunications solutions provider ADVA (News - Alert) Optical Networking. The solution, ADVA 100G Metro, will help Merit Network to provide increased bandwidth capacity on a critical path of its core network that spans from Ann Arbor to Detroit and Lansing, Michigan to its optical fiber ring in Chicago. According to ADVA, its 100G Metro simplifies transportation of data traffic in metro and enterprise applications. It is completely integrated into the ADVA’s FSP 3000 scalable optical transport solution and utilizes four DWDM (Dense wavelength division multiplexing) wavelengths with 28Gbit/s capacity per wavelength to support data transmission over distances up to 500km. It also provides powerful forward error correction options and comes with an enhanced dispersion tolerance supporting effective link design.
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