Plenty of news this week from Europe, so let's finish off with a quick look at metro fiber moves by Geo, euNetworks, Akado, Vodafone and Orange:
The UK's Geo Networks increased its penetration into the media vertical by connecting the BBC Studios and Post Production's sites in Elstree with big pipes. Geo is providing dark fiber run through the city's Victorian sewer network to help out as the BBC Television Centre in West London is redeveloped.
In London, euNetworks continued to add endpoints to its extensive metro footprint by bringing the London Data Exchange (LDeX) online. LDeX is a 22K square foot facility in northwest London offering colocation to the media, finance, and technology sectors.
Infinera won a metro and regional WDM contract with Akado Telecom to the east in Russia. Akado is an MSO that operates a network in and around in and around Moscow that I haven't encountered before (map to the left) but which reaches some 3,500 enterprises. They'll be using both the DTN and ATN platforms to roll out their next generation network.
And finally, in Spain we have two of the continent's largest providers teaming up to take on Telefonica in its home turf with FTTH. Vodafone and Orange will be building out complementary footprints to bring fiber to some 6 million households and businesses across 50 major cities by 2017. Step 1 of that would reach 800K households by next March. They'll be building independently, but with their networks sharing the same technical specifications to ensure compatibility as a single network. Hmmm, wonder if that will provide a template for other markets...
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