Friday network news: 19 August

19 August 2011 |


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Russian carrier GlobalNet has selected Ciena to upgrade its metro optical network using the vendor’s 40G technology. GlobalNet, which is based in St Petersburg, supplies services to enterprises in high-bandwidth sectors including content delivery, media and storage. “With the advent of media-rich content and cloud-based services, there is a growing demand for available bandwidth from companies in the St Petersburg area, which is only going to increase in years to come,” said Valery Ostapenko, general director at GlobalNet.

Kodiak Kenai Cable Company (KKCC), a subsidiary of Old Harbour Native Corporation, has deployed Infinera’s submarine solution for its optical network upgrade. The network covers approximately 1,000km across Alaska from Seward to Narrow Cape and up to Anchorage. KKCC is responsible for providing broadband services for carriers, businesses, schools and government institutions.

The UK government has allocated almost £363 million across rural areas in England and Scotland to improve broadband networks. The northern region of Cumbria in England has been awarded one of the largest shares with over £17 million. London has not been given a share of the money under the assumption that private investment companies will fund broadband in the capital. The UK’s government has raised £530 million to improve broadband by 2015. To read more on this story click here.

Kabel Deutschland (KD), the german cable operator, has announced plans to use Cisco’s router technology to aggregate and distribute enhanced video, data and voice services over its IP next-generation network. KD has 8.8 million customers across Germany and wishes to expand its premium TV services, which will lay the foundation for 3D TV channels and faster broadband speeds.

The network operator Transtelco has announced its agreement with PAETEC, the New York based communications provider, to complete the last part of its fibre route between El-Paso and Temple in Texas. Transtelco will obtain a 50% share of the PAETEC route to El Paso allowing it to significantly increase its fibre capacity. Miguel Fernandez, CEO of Transtelco said: “The significantly increased fibre capacity and the ability to now provide SONET diversity between locations within our network will allow us to better meet the growing needs of our cross border clients.” Work on the El-Paso to Temple route is underway and is expected to be available for services in the third quarter of 2011.

Competitive local exchange carrier netTalk.com has bought a 23,000sqft data centre in north Miami. Anastasios Kyriakides, president and CEO of netTALK, said: "Building on our recently announced multi-year wholesale agreement with Lightsquared, this state-of-the-art facility provides us with additional capacity, power efficiencies and equipment such as high-bandwidth antennae, which are key to our strategic growth plans.” The new centre will have fully redundant power design and maximum connectivity for future wireless 4G offerings, due to its 150ft, 4G enabled cellular tower.

Consolidated Communications, the US independent telecoms group, has partnered with Cisco to deploy the vendor’s carrier Ethernet system. The system is designed to support upgraded services for residential and business customers in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. Customer demand for more high-definition channels, greater video-on-demand options and faster internet access has driven the need to upgrade the system.

Verizon has turned on, what it claims, is the world’s most advanced wireless network. The network will provide high-speed 4G LTE to over 160 million people across 117 cities in the US. “In eight short months we’ve introduced our 4G LTE network to more than half of the US population, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast,” said David Small, CTO at Verizon Wireless. “Each new market and expansion is significant as it brings us closer to delivering on the promise to bring our 4G LTE network to more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.”

UK-based Virgin Media Business will provide a fibre-optic network for the East London NHS Foundation Trust to connect 50 of its sites in the region. With the network, Virgin Media Business says that it will give a better performance and reliability to desktop users, and will provide access speeds at an average of 10Mbps. To read Capacity’s full coverage of this story click here.