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Virgin gigabit trial in Cambridgeshire village

Virgin Media has announced it is bringing gigabit fibre to the sleepy Cambridgeshire town of Papworth Everard as part of a trial.

The broadband operator will use a unique called narrow trenching - a cheap and fast way to lay cable - to connect around 100 homes in the village. It is the first time Virgin has used narrow trenching for such a project, and the company says the method could reduce the cost of network roll-outs by 33 per cent.

Alcatel teams up for twin Thai projects

Alcatel-Lucent has announced two new projects being carried out with service providers in Thailand.

Interlink Telecom and Symphony Communications will both use Alcatel-Lucent's 100G Optical transport solution to support various broadband initiatives throughout Thailand. These deployments also support the Thai government's national broadband network initiative.

FTTH investors day announced

The FTTH Council Europe has announced that is is holding an 'Investors Day' in Vienna on 7 October.

Held in co-operation with Arthur D Little, The sixth FTTH Investors Day will dicsuss two hot topics on FTTH investments in Europe: 'Investment opportunities in Eastern Europe region' and 'The debate about Structural Separation'.

Speakers include:

Seaborn and Alcatel-Lucent embark on Brazilian project

Seaborn Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have started work on the Seabras-1 submarine fibre optic cable system between the US and Brazil. Seabras-1 system is a six-fibre pair system with an initial maximum design capacity of 60 terabits per second.

Huawei joins with 21Vianet in huge SDN project

Huawei has announced a partnership with 21Vianet Group (21Vianet), the largest carrier-neutral internet data centre (IDC) services provider in China, to launch China's largest commercial software-defined networking-enabled (SDN) network.

The companies say the network will provide flexibility to subscriber networks that manage and support cloud services, and will enable enterprises to adjust their business strategies to stay competitive in a dynamic market environment.

Onninen and Genexis win Finnish FTTH contract

Finnish network solution provider Onninen, and FTTH home gateways company Genexis , have won a tender for the delivery of gigabit residential gateways in Finland.

The tender for the project was a joint initiative by five local Finnish networks including Utakuitu, Kairan Kuitu, Siikaverkko, Pyhanet and Lupinet. Together, they have commenced with a roll-out of at least 2,600 connections in 2014.

Stratospheric expansion for Adtran

Adtran has quintupled its VDSL port shipments in EMEA over the last 18 months following increased demand for its vectoring capabilities. The announcement follows news that Dr. Eduard Scheiterer has been promoted to senior vice president and managing director for international markets, to lead Adtran's global market expansion.

SpeedCast wins Netherlands marine contract

SpeedCast International has been awarded a multi-year contract from Jan De Nul Group, a leading expert in dredging, marine construction, and specialised services for the offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy industries. The new satellite service provides high-performance broadband connectivity for mission critical data and voice applications on vessels operating throughout the world.
 

Maintel results on the rise

Maintel has announced a growth of 52 per cent in revenue in its interim results for the six months to 30 June. Its adjusted profit before tax is up by 21 per cent to £2.9m.

The company says increased confidence in the economy has seen companies start to re-invest in upgrading their communications infrastructures. In particular, Maintel has won significant infrastructure upgrades in the higher education, health and retail sectors.

Fibercore acquires Fibertronix

Fibercore, the UK based designer and manufacturer of specialty optical fiber, today announced its acquisition of Fibertronix.

The Fibertronix product-range encompasses specialty fibre and coatings, targeted at harsh environment applications within the oil/gas and medical Industries and uses the photonic technologies developed at leading Swedish research institute, Acreo Swedish ICT.

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