Friday Network News: July 8

08 July 2011 |


Here is our latest offering of network news. If you have network developments you’d like us to share please email fiona.bradley@capacitymedia.com or tweet us @capacitymag.

  • NTT Communications has announced that its Malaysian subsidiary, NTT MSC, will begin constructing a new data centre in Cyberjaya, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Malaysia just south of Kuala Lumpur. NTT hopes the Tier 3-ready facility will be available for commercial operation by June 2012. "Malaysia offers cost advantages, well-developed infrastructure, a large talent pool and good governmental support for infrastructure development,” said Fumitoshi Imaizumi, president and CEO of NTT MSC. “Such strengths have propelled Malaysia into the position of one of the world's top-three outsourcing destinations.”

 

  • ONO, the Spanish cable operator, announced that it has completed its broadband upgrade to Docsis 3.0 providing users with speeds of up to 50Mbps in seven million households. The improved broadband will be available in Catalonia, Andalusia, Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Comunidad de Madrid, Valencia, Murcia and the island of Mallorca. ONO claims that it has invested over €9 billion into the fibre network since it launched operations.

 

  • Telekom Deutschland has expanded its DSL network further into rural Germany where broadband services were not previously available. The operator has activated its DSL network in Mauxhuette-Haidhof in the Bavarian region. This will connect more than 1,650 homes to DSL services at a download speed of 16Mbps.

 

  • US broadband company Charter Communications and US telco James Cable have announced an agreement to trade systems located in Georgia and Alabama in the US. The agreement states that Charter will trade its Douglas, Georgia system to James Cable in exchange for James’ operations surrounding Eatonton in Georgia, and Roanoke and Gu-Win in Alabama. The trade is still subject to closing regulations and approvals and is expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

  • Orange Poland has announced the launch of its Dual Carrier High Speed Packet Access (DC-HSPA+) in Gdansk and Warsaw. The newly implemented technology offers consumers a potential download speed of up to 42.2Mbps. Orange Poland has built more base stations in the two cities and the surrounding areas to expand its coverage.

 

  • Entracloud, the US data centre provider, has launched a new data centre in Rancho Bernardo in south California. The new facility, called the World Trade Drive Data Center, is a carrier-neutral space and is the third addition to the company’s portfolio in the US.

 

  • Finnish mobile operator DNA has announced the addition of 50 base stations to it 3G network. The telco claims it is the first operator in Finland to upgrade its network to DC HSPA+ technology which increases data transfer speeds. DNA opened several new base stations in the Finnish metropolitan areas in April of this year giving the company a total of 600 dual carrier base stations in the country.

 

  • Verizon Wireless has expanded its local network in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and in Columbus, Ohio, Arena District to support the demand for 3G multimedia and internet access. In addition to upgrading its 3G network, the operator said it plans to keep expanding its 4G footprint throughout this year to cover over 175 markets by the end of the year. Mark Frazier, president of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia region for Verizon Wireless said: “The nearly $2 billion we’ve invested into our Ohio network has kept us ahead of consumer trends [and] provided our customers [with] a 3G advantage.”

 

  • China Unicom has announced that Nokia Siemens Networks will be deploying a 5,000km fibre-optic cable of 40Gbps per channel. The network will cover seven provinces: Chongqing, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Guangxi. It will also pave the way for future upgrades to 100Gbps technology, as China Unicom prepares for the anticipated growth in IP traffic. Read Capacity’s full coverage of the story here.

 

  • Windstream, the US telecoms service provider, has introduced higher bandwidth Ethernet to 11 new markets in the US: Akron, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Wichita, Kansas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Northwest Arkansas; Augusta, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Mobile, Alabama. Windstream’s Ethernet can provide speeds of up to 1Gbps.

 

  • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is extending its deployment of Acme Packet’s session border controllers (SBC) to transfer its international interconnects from circuit-switched to IP connections. This move will also add greater network capacity for its wholesale services. “IP-based networks continue to expand and as the preferred full service provider of voice, video and data, we require the best solutions that will enable us to reach nearly all possible network borders,” said Genarco Sanchez, VP of network planning and engineering, PLDT.

 

  • US service provider, Integra Telecom, has established a PoP in the Phoenix NAP data centre facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Customers already using Phoenix NAP’s facilities can now access Integra Telecom’s high-speed, fibre network services. Integra Telecom has said it will offer services such as MPLS VPN and private line networks.

 

  • Rogers Communications has launched, what it claims to be, Canada’s first LTE network in the Ottawa region. "This network will power the next generation of innovative products and services in ways we've never seen before,” said Rob Bruce, president of communications at Rogers Communications. “It will be the backbone of Canada's digital economy as we continue to move from a wired to a wireless world." The Canadian telco also said that it plans to roll out LTE networks in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal later this year.

 

  • Fibre provider AFL will supply fibre-optic cables to Nigeria’s National Broadband Carrier Network Project. The project plans to lay 14,000km of fibre across the country through regional partners. According to Reuters, Dangote Industries, the network owner, will deploy 3,000km of AFL’s fibre to link the open access backbone, operated by Dancom Technologies, to connect to Phase3 Telecom.