With Memorial Day weekend upon us in the US, the summer is here. Well, I'm not quite back in the US yet - a few more weeks for that. In the meantime, here's a Friday roundup of network news from around the world this week:
Level 3's claimed another major sporting event for its Vyvx division. They'll be supplying the live feed of the UEFA Champion's League soccer final to FOX Network, FOX Soccer Channel and FOX Deportes in Los Angeles for broadcast to the US market. The game will be played tomorrow at Wembley Stadium in London, and will feature FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund.
Hudson Fiber Network has tapped euNetworks for some ultra-low latency connectivity over in the UK. The New Jersey based financial networking specialist needed a partner on the other side of the Atlantic with a low latency portfolio capable of meeting its growing European needs. euNetworks has deep metro fiber in each of the major financial centers of Western Europe and has long been aggressive in driving latency out of the connections between key trading nodes.
CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) says it is eligible to receive at least another $90M this year from the FCC's Connect America Fund. The money, matched by an equal amount of capex from CenturyLink, would be applied to bringing broadband to rural areas. Last year they took $35M in phase I, round 1, which went toward hooking up some 45,000 homes.
Ciena and BT announced the lighting of what is billed as the world's first '800G super channel'. The milestone came during a trial of 100, 200, 400, and 800G over a high-PMD 410km fiber link between Ipswich and central London, using Ciena's WaveLogic 3 transceivers. With trials/products of speeds of 200, 400, 500, 800, 1Tbps etc out there these days, one is almost nostalgic for the merely bipolar 40G/100G debate.
And NTT Communications's Netmagic subsidiary announced plans to open a 100,000 square foot data center in Bangalore. NTT bought 74% of Netmagic last January, giving it a colocation footprint on the subcontinent which currently consists of 4 facilities in Mumbai and one each in Bangalore, Noida (Delhi), and Chennai. The new facility will go live by the end of 2013 and will be called the "India Bangalore 2 Data Center".
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