Int’l Bytes: Xtera, Orange Business, Metroweb, GCX, NBN

December 17th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Time for a quick mid-week survey of news from around the world:

Xtera is helping TIM Brasil with an upgrade in northern Brazil. The Brazilian carrier is upgrading about half its territory with 100G, including the routes from Manaus to Porto Velho to Cuiaba routes, covering some 2,600km and reaching deep into the Amazon. They’re using Xtera’s 100G technology plus Raman amplification on aerial cables.

Orange Business Services is helping the European Space Agency get into space by first getting into the clouds. ESA has tapped Orange’s international enterprise division to deploy and manage its private cloud, which supports its 2,200 staff across 8 sites. That will let the rocket scientists do more rocket science and less IT.

Telecom Italia is just about ready to make its long-anticipated move on Metroweb. The plan is to take the independent metro fiber operator’s infrastructure and use it as a platform to roll out FTTH in Italy. Vodafone and Wind aren’t too happy with the idea of the incumbent having the chance to retrench itself, and would rather see MetroWeb as more of a wholesale community asset. Metroweb’s current main owner, F2i, picked up the asset a few years back and is now ready to cash in.

Global Cloud Xchange has picked up some financial network connectivity over in Japan. They will be provisioning international connectivity for the Tokyo Stock Exchange as part of the arrownet-Global partner program. The GCX acronym is still hard for my brain to remember, I keep writing Reliance Globalcom.

Down under, the NBN continues to evolve, or devolve depending on your point of view. They now have a revised definitive agreement (sort of an oxymoron?) in place where NBN will be taking over legacy copper networks from Telstra and HFC networks from Optus. Where there was once the promise of national FTTH, there is now hope that one day Australians can have DSL and cable internet too.  <sarcasm off>  It’s interesting to watch a pie-in-the-sky liberal plan of a gigabit for all get warped into a cool way for incumbents to offload legacy assets they don’t want to maintain anymore.


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