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Profiting from FTTX workshop announced

07 February 2014

Delegates at the forthcoming FTTH Conference in Stockholm this month are invited to attend a workshop on how to maximise returns from FTTX projects.

The half-day event will be presented by representatives from FiberPlanIT, Alcatel-Lucent, Comptel, GE, iToolsOnline and TE Connectivity, and is aimed at providing an overview of a typical FTTX project with different way to ensure the maximum return on investment.

Alcatel to link two Libyan cities

04 February 2014

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract with the Libyan International Telecommunication Company to build a 1,000 km undersea cable system linking the country’s capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi, and providing the broadband connectivity needed in support of ongoing efforts to revive the Libyan economy.

FIbre network for Dominican Republic?

30 January 2014

The Dominican Republic is gearing up to develop a national fibre optic network, according to the Caribbean country's telecoms regulator Indotel.

The development is aimed at improving internet speeds across the country as well as providing better and faster telephone and cable services – while improving communications with the rest of the world.

A spokesperson for Indotel told Dominican Today: 'This network could be compared with a major highway, where all kinds of cars travel at high speeds.'

BT to invest further £50 million in UK broadband

30 January 2014

BT is invest a further £50 million into its commercial fibre broadband programme over the next three years, it has announced. The investment will benefit more than 30 cities, helping to make high speed broadband available to more than 400,000 additional premises.

The telecom operator is spending more than £3 billion on deploying fibre broadband and its open-access fibre network already passes more than 18 million homes and businesses. The footprint is likely to grow rapidly as rural fibre programmes are delivered.

Telent on-track with contract extension

30 January 2014

Telent Technology Services has been awarded an extension to its on-rail telecoms support and maintenance contract with Level 3, formally Global Crossing UK. Telent has been supporting Level 3 across the UK since March 2009 and has now been granted a multi-million pound, five-year extension to the original contract, ensuring continuity until March 2019.

Alcatel and SFR extend relationship

30 January 2014

Alcatel-Lucent is to enable SFR, one of France’s leading telecommunications providers, to meet increasing demand for ultra-broadband access from both mobile and fixed-line customers by deploying its 1830 Photonic Service Switch as the key element of the operator’s legacy optical network moving to one that is all-IP transport-based.
 

CityFibre and Peterborough seal partnership on Gigabit city roll-out

23 January 2014

CityFibre has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Peterborough City Council, in the UK, at a ceremony held in the city's Town Hall.

Following the recent announcement of its intention to invest privately in the fast-growing city, CityFibre and the Council aim to ensure an efficient and well-planned network roll-out that will benefit Peterborough and transform it into a ‘Gigabit’ city.

Carillion telent joint venture supplier for BT Broadband Delivery UK

23 January 2014

A Carillion telent (60:40) joint venture has been appointed as a preferred supplier by BT to support the delivery of its Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme to 33 local authority regions potentially worth up to £500 million.

Carillion telent will work with BT on the BDUK Programme for the next three and a half years.

The BDUK programme will deliver further improvements to the UK's broadband network, with particular emphasis on making super-fast broadband available to rural communities.

Tektronix has announced the acquisition of Picosecond Pulse Labs

23 January 2014

Tektronix, a provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, has announced the acquisition of Picosecond Pulse Labs.

The move is intended to strengthen the Tektronix portfolio in the growing market for test equipment to support 100G/400G optical data communications research and development. 

Picosecond Pulse Labs offers products that include ultra-high-speed pattern generators. The company recently introduced the PatternPro line that includes multi-channel 32 Gbps data generators and analysers for 100G/400G applications.

FBGS announces partnership with 4DSP

23 January 2014

FBGS has announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with 4DSP LLC, a manufacturer of fibre optic strain, temperature and 3D shape sensing technology.

More custom for Hawaiki cable

23 January 2014

Hawaiki Cable, the New Zealand company planning to build a 14,000km cable system between New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and the US west coast, has signed up another customer.

Auckland-based trans-Tasman WAN provider Solarix Networks has agreed to buy capacity on the New Zealand, Australia and US segments of Hawaiki’s cable.
Solarix director Flemming H. Rasmussen said the 10-year, multi-million dollar deal with Hawaiki would improve Solarix’s trans-Tasman service resiliency and introduce price competition.

Cable links Azores islands to rest of world

23 January 2014

Huawei Marine Networks, a submarine cable networks provider, has partnered with Viatel, a Portuguese telecommunications engineering network supplier, to successfully complete the 685-kilometre cable Flores-Corvo Submarine Cable System.

The submarine cable is designed with a 0.96 Terabit per second capacity to provide speeds of 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) and has the capacity to be upgraded to 100 Gbps in the future.

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