A quick roundup of network news from this week from the US Government, Comcast, EMAXX, and Troy Cable:
The U.S. government is working on an undersea cable project of its own to a very familiar location. Guantanamo Bay, the home of the Naval Base and its detention facility for terrorism detainees, needs more bandwith than satellite can provide. The new submarine cable to Florida will cost some $40M and stretch 800 miles to Florida. That is, assuming Congress approves it in the fiscal 2013 budget, which we all know they’re not going to finish until after the election.
Comcast Business has been having some real luck with baseball stadiums. Having already brought big bandwidth to Fenway up in Boston, yesterday they announced a similar deal with the Phillies. They’re upgrading the 43,647-seat Citizens Bank Park with dedicated Ethernet access services: one line for the offices and another for the guest media network used by press/production companies. They’ll also be powering content for various scoreboards and video screens in the park, etc.
BTI added onto its recent success in Southeast Asia with a new backhaul contract in Cambodia. EMAXX Telecom has picked their packet-optical gear as part of their 4G/WiMAX and underlying 10-G metro Ethernet fiber buildout. They’ll start in the capitol Phnom Penh, and move out from there. BTI recently also won a similar deal in Malaysia.
And down in southeastern Alabama, Troy Cable is apparently ready to get started on their BTOP SmartBand project building 595 miles of middle mile fiber to 15 anchor institutions etc. About time, it’s only been what, three years now since the stimulus was passed? ADTRAN will be providing the access gear.