It's Friday before a long weekend, if you take President's Day off in the US of course. Here's a quick look at some news from afar before you go, including an expansion by NTT and three vendor contracts of interest:
NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) keeps on adding PoPs in Europe as it expands its IP network footprint there to match its depth in the US and Asia. This week they took a step to the north, hooking up Stockholm. As this follows quickly on the heels of their partnership with with Denmark's TDC for Nordic service, we can be pretty sure whose fiber they're riding into Sweden. Over the past year or so, NTT has also expanded into Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Milan, Sofia, and Vienna.
Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) won a submarine bandwidth contract down in the Eastern Carribean. Global Carribean Fiber is upgrading the 1,100km Antilles Crossing system between St. Croix, St. Lucia, and Barbados with Ciena's 40G coherent technology. The upgrade will quadruple the capacity of the system and enable them to offer 10Gb Ethernet wholesale services. Antilles Crossing is one of four Carribean systems owned by GCF, the others being the Global Caribbean Network, Middle Caribbean Network, Southern Caribbean Fiber systems.
In Spain, Sonus won a deal with Ibercom. The Spanish ISP will use Sonus's session border controller to securie its VoIP borders and help power its mobile voice expansion it has embarked on this year. Ibercom serves enterprises with a combination of voice, internet, and data center services.
And in the UK, Calix took a trip out into the English countryside to help bring faster broadband to Overbury Estate. The community fiber project in the villages of Overbury and Conderton are using their ESAP gear for FTTH speeds up to 1Gbps. Apparently we don't all have to move to Kansas City and bow low before Google to get a gigabit, although Overbury Estate has been run by a single family for some 300 years so maybe the bowing is still part of it.