Here are a few quick takes from the international front, with items from Liquid Telecom, du, Gulf Bridge International, and AT&T:
Africa's Liquid Telecom made moves both in the longhaul and metro recently. First, they have completed their connection from Zimbabwe southwest all the way to Cape Town. The target in Cape Town side is of course the new WACS cable, giving them connectivity up both coasts. Meanwhile, Liquid is also now deploying a metro fiber network in Harare, with plans to do the same in other major urban areas in the region.
Gulf Bridge International is taking its 100G all the way to Europe. The independent Middle Eastern cable operator and Xtera announced full 100G connectivity between Zafarana on the Red Sea and Milan over in Italy. They had done the Mediterranean portion of this route earlier this year, now adding the terrestrial pieces in both Italy and Egypt.
AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) won a contract expansion with BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH. AT&T is hooking up ten new locations in Asia to BSH's global WAN, which now totals 70 production and sales sites worldwide. The new agreement also increases capacity, supports HD video conferencing and extends the contract by 56 months for $16.1M in additional contract value.
And Adva Optical Networking (ETR:ADV, news) announced a significant technical advance demonstrated at their Meiningen campus in Germany. In cooperation with Corning, they have successfully transported 100G data over 600km of Corning LEAF fiber using direct detection. In other words, ADVA's metro 100G solution has the range for regional networks.