Here’s a quick rundown on other news from this week, including a regional fiber win, some submarine cable action, some carrier Ethernet, and a virtualized router deployment:
FirstLight Fiber added another customer in the education vertical this week up in northern New England. The Shenendehowa Central Schools has chosen them to hook up several remote schools with dark fiber and upgrade its connectivity overall from 400Mbps to 1Gbps. Shenendehowa serves 9850 students across twelve facilities. FirstLight’s parent company is in the middle of acquiring Oxford Networks and Sovernet as well, which will consolidate much of the independent regional and metro assets of the upper northeast under one banner.
TE Subcom reported news from its buildout of the Monet cable system. They have completed the landing in Boca Raton, Florida, which joins the shore landings in Fortaleza and Praia Grande on the coast of Brazil. They used a horizontal directional drilling technique aimed at minimizing the disruption to the beach itself. Monet is owned by Algar Telecom, Angola Cables, ANTEL, and of course Google. When complete, it will offer 100G connections with a total initial theoretical capacity of 60Tbps.
C&W Networks has been awarded MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. With the help of a suite of Juniper routers, the Caribbean network operator’s E-Line, E-LAN, E-TREE, and E-ACCESS services have been declared up to snuff by the MEF. C&W is part of the Liberty Global empire these days, following the merger of Cable & Wireless Communications and Columbus International two years ago.
Telefonica has taken Nokia’s virtualized router technology to market. They’ve deployed it in a live network as part of an upgrade to its IP infrastructure. They’ve deployed virtualized Provider Edge routers to accelerate their enterprise VPN capabilities to both new PoPs in Spain and additional countries. Nokia, of course, announced the purchase of Alcatel-Lucent last year, a deal which finally reached the ultimate finish line just this week, although they’ve been operating as one company for a while.
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