Friday network news: August 5

05 August 2011 |


Capacity brings you the latest network news. If you have network developments you’d like us to share please email fiona.bradley@capacitymedia.com or tweet us @capacitymag.

  • BT has announced plans to expand its ADSL2+ services to almost 2.5 million more homes and buildings than previously thought.  When the expansion is completed the telco will be offering downlink speeds of up to 20Mbps to approximately 90% of UK premises. According to local reports, almost 900,000 of the properties benefitting from the extended services will be in rural areas.

 

  • 4G network provider, Alvarion, is partnering with Bloosurf, a rural broadband service provider in Maryland, USA, to provide 4G wireless networks coverage in three counties and university campuses. Bloosurf will bring broadband to Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties and Smith Island. The new broadband services will benefit almost 126,000 people, 6000 business and 351 community institutions.

 

  • The European telecoms provider, Edpnet, has launched an external dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) route between St. Petersburg and Stockholm. Edpnet’s latest link will provide data transmissions between Russia, Europe and North America at a speed of 6.4Tbps using Cisco’s Multi Service Transport Platform technology for the deployment. To read Capacity’s full coverage of the story click here.

 

  • Level 3 announced that it now offers connectivity to its co-location facility at London Stock Exchange Group’s Data Centre.  Using Level 3’s network, the PoP can provide connectivity to leading financial institutions which are co-located in the Exchange Hosting facility. “Hosting clients will now be able to connect Level 3’s low-latency metro, European and transatlantic routes to their own hubs and other business centers and trading venues worldwide,” said Nigel Harold, head of business development for London Stock Exchange Group’s technology division. Customers who will use the network include members of the London Stock Exchange Group, non-member firms, vendors and service providers.

 

  • euNetworks has announced that it has optimised its London to Frankfurt low-latency route for its dedicated finance network. The network provider said that this optimisation will enhance the delivery of latency to the trading community at a speed of 4.29 milliseconds between the two cities. David Selby, VP product and strategy at euNetworks said: “London to Frankfurt is a key route for the financial community and our optimisation positions euNetworks as the connectivity partner of choice."

 

  • Data centre and ICT service manager, Telehouse, has expanded its co-location space at Telehouse West by an extra 1000m². The data centre is in London’s East India Dock areas next to its existing sites."Demand has been exceptionally high since we opened Telehouse West just over a year ago and the initial two floors were rapidly taken up,” said Michelle Reid, sales and marketing director, Telehouse. “Still on schedule, our new floor offers up to 10kW per rack in one of the best locations in London in terms of low-latency connectivity, transport infrastructure and security.”

 

  • The African cable consortium SEACOM has completed trials of five 100Gbps channels of coherent optical transmission over 1732km.The trial was conducted over Seacom’s new 930km Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) route, which links the Mtunzini cable landing station in KwaZulu Natal to the Teraco data centre in Johannesburg, and used Infinera’s Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). To read Capacity’s full coverage of the story click here.

 

  • Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) has launched in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. This marks the third mainland site to be switched on to the NBN as part of the customer trails. The Brunswick NBN footprint covers 2689 premises and commercial services are expected to start in October this year after following customer service trials.

 

  • Clearwire has announced plans to add LTE advanced-ready technology to its 4G network. The US mobile broadband provider will deploy LTE in more densely populated urban areas where there is high demand for 4G services. The company has said that it is still committed to its existing WiMAX network which covers 132 million people and all 4G phones offered by majority shareholder Sprint. To read Capacity’s full coverage of the story click here.