Cable compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

13 Dec 2013

Albtelecom has confirmed that it has completed work on a second fibre-optic system between Albania and Kosovo, in conjunction with Kosovo-based PTK. Measurements and testing have been successfully implemented by the staff of both companies at the Qafe-Morina border crossing. The first cross-border fibre deployment between the two countries was realised two years ago, at Bajram Curri-Gjakova.

BT Group has selected Telia Operator Business, the wholesale arm of TeliaSonera, as one if its providers to further strengthen its IP Connect and Ethernet Global access capabilities in the Nordic region. The agreement provides BT customers in the region with extended access and a broader range of options in resiliency and pricing. With access points in over 10,000 locations, TeliaSonera’s high capacity network reaches the vast majority of users in the region.

Huawei has confirmed that it will deploy what it describes as ‘the world’s first commercial optical transport network (OTN)-based 400Gbps wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) network’ for Telefonica Chile. The network will be deployed in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, home to nearly 40% of the nation’s population and generating 45% of its GDP. Santiago has the largest bandwidth consumption of any city in Chile.

Reliance Globalcom, a global provider of managed network and communication services for multinational enterprises and carriers, has enlisted network specialist Ciena Corporation to upgrade its FA-1 North submarine cable system with 100Gbps wavelengths.

Beeline Laos, which is owned by Vimpelcom of Russia, has deployed the country’s first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, covering central areas of capital city Vientiane. A 100Mbps subscription is currently priced at LAK40 million (USD4,915) per month. Going forward, 2014 is likely to see the network expanded towards the outskirts of the city.

According to US reports, Utah’s Utopia, one of the country’s largest municipal broadband operators, has requested the respective mayors of the network’s eleven partner cities to sign a series of non-disclosure agreements ahead of a ‘possible major new partner and project’. Although the identity of the partner has not been divulged, sources suggest that it could be Google Inc, which acquired the Provo, Utah municipal network for a cut-price fee earlier this year.

South Africa-based Dimension Data, an NTT-owned subsidiary that provides ICT services and solutions in more than 50 countries, is enhancing its reach into Europe by striking a deal to acquire NextiraOne in a two-part transaction. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been revealed. Under the terms of the agreement, Dimension Data will initially acquire NextiraOne’s operations in 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In the second tranche, the company will acquire NextiraOne’s businesses in France and Italy.

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