Friday Network News: July 19

Friday Network News: July 19

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Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has been selected by Iraqi operator Korek Telecom to deploy its advanced radio, microwave transmission and packet core network technology on the company’s network. The deal is expected to provide Korek Telecom customers with faster and more efficient mobile broadband, improved network coverage, and higher quality voice call services. [read more]


Data centre provider Telx has announced the launch of its third data centre in New York City, bringing its total number of facilities to 20. The NYC3 data centre is located at 32 Avenue of the Americas, and brings Telx’s total data centre presence in the larger New York region to six, with a gross total area of 550,000 square feet.  [read more]


Scandinavian telecoms operator TeliaSonera is to acquire fibre-optic networks in the Nordic and Baltic regions to help augment its range of services and boost quality within its home markets. Tough competition is said to be one of the main reasons for the company’s latest activities, Reuters reports. [read more]


Vipnet, Croatia’s second-largest mobile operator is expecting to “reap the benefits” of the country’s emergence into full EU membership, its CEO has told Capacity. Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union on 1 July 2013, and it is now expected the country will be subject to the same pressure other telecoms providers in the region face to meet Europe-wide quality and broadband rollout targets. [read more]


Alcatel-Lucent claims to have broken the record for the amount of data that can be transmitted over transoceanic distances on a single optical fibre, following a recent trial. The trial took place in Villarceaux, Paris, at Alcatel-Lucent’s Innovation City campus, and saw the successful transmission of data at 31Tbps over 7200km – three times the capacity of the most advanced subsea cables, according to a statement from the company. [read more]


Italy’s incumbent operator, Telecom Italia, announced on Monday that it has postponed plans to spin off its fixed-line copper network. The decision follows Italian regulator AGCOM’s proposal to cut the rate for competitors to access the company’s fixed line network. [read more]


Saudi Arabian telecoms firm ITC has partnered with Huawei to expand capacity of its IP core network data infrastructure for IP/MPLS services. Integrated Telecoms Company (ITC) said it is hoping to build a cloud computing platform as a result, in addition o developing its initiatives in converging ICT and telecoms services. [read more]


Australia’s planned $34 billion national broadband project could be significantly scaled down if the conservative Liberal led party wins the country’s upcoming election. The project, which aims to connect 8.5 million premises to the network by 2021, is deemed too costly and unnecessarily complex by the opposition. [read more]

Geo Networks has signed an agreement with collocation provider Connexions for London (C4L) to provide connectivity to one of its London-based data centres. Geo will provide a dedicated fibre network connecting Virtus’ Enfield data centre to C4L’s London metro networks as well as the London Internet Exchange. [read more]


Japan-based NTT Communications has more than doubled the capacity on its transpacific submarine cable in response to growing data demands. The firm has upgraded its PC-1 Japan-to-US cable system with 100Gbps technology, increasing its capacity to 8.4Tbps. [read more]

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