Friday Network News: March 15

15 March 2013 |

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 Infinera has announced a partnership with data centre provider, CyrusOne, to deploy high-speed cloud-based services on its Internet Exchange (IX) in Texas. It is designed to provide services between CyrusOne's major facilities and third-party carrier hotels in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, as well as customer data centre locations. [Read more]

 Ericsson has been selected by the ITPC (Iraqi Telecommunications and Post Company) to introduce IP technology and upgrade the operator's wireline network. The partnership positions Ericsson as the sole supplier for ITPC's core network and the Swedish equipment provider will reportedly enable the transition of ITPC's wireline network to a next-generation network. [Read more]

 South Korea-based operator KT is to deploy and operate a wholesale LTE network in Rwanda. The company will jointly collaborate with the government's Rwanda Development Board to set up an LTE venture in the nation, and has entered into a public-private partnership deal. [Read more]

 United Network Services (UNSi) has established a partnership with Global Capacity designed to strengthen its network reach in the US market. Under the agreement, UNSi will connect to Global Capacity's One Marketplace exchange at its Chicago PoP, which is said to help extend the capacity and reach of its MPLS Exchange Platform (MEP). [Read more]

 TTK Western Siberia, subsidiary of Russian fibre network operator TTK, has expanded its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) coverage to reach an additional 3,000 households. The expansion is expected to increase broadband access to the internet for users in Kuibyshev in the Novosibirsk region of Russia. [Read more]

 Reliance Globalcom has selected equipment vendor, Ciena, to upgrade its trans-Atlantic submarine network. Ciena will use its transport and optical bypass technology, GeoMesh, to help Reliance address the growing global demand for cloud-computing, video and other high-bandwidth services through the trans-Atlantic corridor which serves PoPs in Paris and New York. [Read more]

 Vodafone and Orange have partnered to roll out fibre broadband services in Spain. Together, the companies will invest up to €1 billion in a fibre-optic network which is expected to provide high-speed internet to over six million homes. [Read more]

  The Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications (LMoT) and the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) have announced an agreement to cooperate on the Cypriot operator's ALEXANDROS cable system between Cyprus Egypt and France. The agreement means there is increased scope to increase Eurasia and eastern Mediterranean business opportunities, and as part of the deal, LMoT will acquire additional multiple capacity connectivity to France and Egypt. [Read more]

 Wataniya Telecom has selected Ericsson to upgrade its radio access network. The partnership is expected to allow higher network speeds for the Kuwaiti operator and respond to the growing demand for 3G services in the country. [Read more]