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African expansion for TE Connectivity

18 November 2013

TE Connectivity has opened offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya for its broadband business in east and west Africa. This new office allows the company to be closer and more responsive to customer requirements in the emerging African markets.

The new office will be led by Chuks Ofor, former general manager and executive director for east Africa at Vodacom Business, a Vodafone company. Ofor brings with him a background in engineering and more than 10 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry.  

Oregon chosen for Hawaiki Cable landing spot

18 November 2013

Hawaiki Cable – the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system – has agreed to land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable in Oregon, USA.

The company has signed contracts with US providers Tillamook Lightwave and CoastCom for key infrastructure and connectivity, including a cable landing station, terrestrial infrastructure, and a fibre backhaul network that will connect the cable landing station to the city of Hillsboro, near Portland.

Ciena to power SC13 with 400g link

15 November 2013

The network specialist Ciena has announced that its high-capacity packet switching and transport solutions are supporting the SCinet network at Supercomputing 2013 (SC13) in Denver next week.

As part of its backing for this international conference on high-performance computing, Ciena will power a 400G link with its WaveLogic3 technology to connect the convention centre to research networks across the globe. Ciena will also provide 100G technology to enable terabit-scale layer 2 switching to support SCinet production traffic within the conference’s local area network itself.

Liquid opens first Somalia link

12 November 2013

Liquid Telecom Group has built the first fibre optic link into Somalia, connecting the country to its neighbours, the rest of the world and to undersea cables by fibre for the first time.
The fibre link crosses the Kenya/Somalia border and then directly into the fibre network of Hormuud Telecom Somalia (Hortel) for local termination.

Hortel says the fibre network will provide Liquid Telecom’s customers – fixed and mobile operators, wholesale carriers and enterprises – with reliable, robust and fast connectivity in southern and central Somalia.

Fibre company flies the flag for Turkey

08 November 2013

Turkcell Superonline has become the first Turkish telecommunications company to receive the 'Hall of Fame' Award, which honours organisations that have achieved excellence in strategy execution, from Palladium Executing Strategy.

Palladium says the 'perfect strategy execution methods and outstanding results' achieved by Turkcell Superonline have made them worthy of this award, and will be featured in a report published by Harvard Business Publishing.

Cisco to aquire Insieme

08 November 2013

Cisco has announced that it is to acquire its spin-in Insieme, and has provided new detail on the Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) for data centres that Insieme introduced earlier this year.

Insieme’s ACI solution consists of the 100 Gbps ready Nexus 9000 Series switches that run under an optimised version of NX-OS, and can support up to 1.92 Tbps of bandwidth capacity per slot. The eight-slot Nexus 9508 is available now, and other switches in the family will follow.

Telefonica and Ciena upgrade Latino links

06 November 2013

Telefónica Global Solutions and Ciena have deployed Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport technology on Telefónica´s SAm-1 submarine and terrestrial network, which connects the USA to Latin America.

With Ciena’s converged packet optical and GeoMesh solution, Telefónica says it is able to support growing and unpredictable international customer demand for premium bandwidth services like cloud computing, video, and advanced business collaboration services.

Prysmian searches for bright young things

06 November 2013

Prysmian Group has launched the selection process for 50 young candidates for its Build the Future programme. The international recruiting and training programme is aimed at new graduates with degrees in engineering and business Administration from around the world, with the goal of placing them in the group’s R&D, operations, sales and marketing functions.
 

New president for Bell Labs

05 November 2013

Marcus Weldon has been appointed president of Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent. Weldon will combine this role with his existing role as Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate CTO.

BTX appoints business development manager

05 November 2013

BTX Technologies, a distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, has appointed Jessica Tropea as fibre optic business development manager. She will be responsible for the growth of the company’s fibre business to existing and new customers, as well as expansion into new markets.     

CityFibre services mark Gimme Fibre Day

04 November 2013

CityFibre, the owner and operator of the UK’s largest fibre-to-the-home network in Bournemouth, is launching what it describes as 'unprecedented and affordable' business broadband products through its internet service provider Gigler. The company is launching the service to mark Gimme FIbre Day, launched this year for the first time by the FTTH Councils' Global Alliance.
 

Mustek joins Jo'burg gold rush

04 November 2013

Mustek has opened a new optical fibre pre-termination facility. Situated in Johannesburg, the new plant will enable Mustek to supply operators and installers with complete solutions built on m2fx’s innovative Miniflex fibre cable, microduct and protection tube range. This will result in reduced time and labour costs and ensure the highest quality fibre installations, the company says.
 

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