Ciena’s 200G Tested on Japan-US

April 17th, 2014

While 100G is still settling in on transpacific routes, the underlying technology continues to jack up the speeds. Yesterday, Ciena and the Japan-US Cable Network trialed 200G on a part of its network. [Read more →]

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Metro Roundup: Fibertech, Integra, Verizon, RCN, LightPath

April 17th, 2014

Lots of other metro network news from this week that is worth a quick look, here’s a quick rundown: [Read more →]

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Lumos Plans for the Wireless Data Deluge, Taps Cisco

April 16th, 2014

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Also yesterday, Lumos Networks is planning an overhaul of its fiber-to-the-cell network, preparing for the coming LTE flood with the not so subtle moniker ‘Project Ark”. [Read more →]

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FiberLight Moves Into IaaS With Cirracore’s Help

April 16th, 2014

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FiberLight said yesterday that it has added the cloud to its bag of tricks. With the help of Cirracore, they have unveiled a cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service offering aimed at the business continuity and disaster recovery market. [Read more →]

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Surprise Surprise, Netflix’s Comcast Throughput Surges

April 16th, 2014

In the category of obvious results, Netflix said yesterday in a blog post that its video streaming to Comcast customers is back up. Average speeds of 2.5Mbps were up 65% since January, a not insignificant boost. It had better be up, since they’re paying for it now right? [Read more →]

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Lightower Completes DC Metro Expansion Project

April 15th, 2014

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There are another 400 route miles or so of fiber on Lightower’s southern frontier this week.  The northeastern fiber operator said today that it has completed its expansion in the Washington DC and northern Virginia metro area.   [Read more →]

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CityFibre, Sky, TalkTalk Plan JV for a Gigabit in York

April 15th, 2014

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Over in the north of England, a new alternative FTTH project is taking shape. Two alternative broadband and content providers and one metro fiber builder and operator have teamed up to form a joint venture. The target is the city of York, and the goal is 1Gbps to homes and businesses. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network’s Sean Baillie

April 15th, 2014

Roxanna - 247MA_Network-Large-Dark_001The Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland fiber market is one of the most dynamic in the world. And with more than 800 route miles of high-fiber-count cables crisscrossing the region and an expanding portfolio of products, 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is a rising, independent provider in a geography that is on everyone’s radar. With us today to discuss the company’s approach and plans for the future is Sean Baillie, who joined the company last summer and then took over as President this past November.   [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Equinix, PCCW, Vodafone, Telecom Italia

April 14th, 2014

Here’s a quick rundown of some global news from over the weekend and early Monday: [Read more →]

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Poll: Should the US Give Up ICANN Oversight?

April 14th, 2014

vote As expected the announcement last month that the US would give up its control of ICANN, the body that oversees domain names and such, has turned into a political football.  And no amount of backpedaling will get the talking heads to let it drop either.  One wonders who had such spectacularly bad timing to even mention such a thing as the country gears up for what looks like a very nasty off-year election cycle.  But anyway, now that it’s on the menu and we’ve had time to hear from both sides, let’s poll Ramblings’ readers: [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: MBC, Ciena, Lumos, Data Foundry, Consolidated

April 11th, 2014

TGIF.  Before you go, here’s a quick rundown of one last set of metro, data center, and vendor news from this week: [Read more →]

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Security Being Insecure, the Heart Bleeds

April 11th, 2014

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The so called “heartbleed bug” is apparently worse than an epidemic. It isn’t just going around, everyone’s already got it. The tiny yet massive flaw is in the popular security library OpenSSL. This is apparently a week for irony. [Read more →]

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