Some news from the start of this week and the end of the last one worth noting:
EllaLink took another step forward on its proposed transatlantic cable system. Having finished off the Cable Route Study, Alcaltel Submarine Networks has kicked off the marine survey. The proposed cable will connect Portugal with Brazil, stopping off at a few islands along the way. Plans are for four fiber pairs and an RFS date of 2020.
Infinera's automation technology has a high profile Tier 1 convert. This morning the vendor announced that Verizon will be using the software to empower its Intelligent Edge Network and facilitate migration from TDM to Ethernet while simplifying operations and reducing space and power requirements.
And Consolidated Communications has a few of fiber buildouts in progress. Two projects are out in Roseville, California, northeast of Sacramento. The first will bring fiber to the Fiddyment Ranch apartment complex, and the second will serve part of the Sierra Vista Specific Plan. The plans will bring gigabit speeds to some 30K residents and businesses over time. Consolidated got into the Sacramento area with the purchase of SureWest a few years ago. And back in New England, they are launching 1Gbps speeds in Derry, New Hampshire.
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