Work on the Congolese portion of the Central African Backbone (CAB) is expected to start in June 2014, with the deployment expected to last 18 months, ahead of a January 2016 launch. Co-financed by the World Bank and the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) government, the fibre link will extend from Pointe-Noire, Congo’s second largest city, to Mbinda on the Gabon border, following the route of the country’s railway network, Chemin de fer Congo-ocean (CFCO). According to Agence Ecofin, 20 firms are currently vying for a share of the planned public-private partnership that will operate the fibre network.
BT Group has confirmed that more than one million homes and businesses in Scotland can now connect to its fibre-optic broadband network. This includes more than 330,000 premises in Glasgow and the West; 190,000 in Edinburgh and the Lothians; 120,000 in the South of Scotland; 100,000 in Aberdeen and the North East and 93,000 in Tayside and Fife. Openreach engineers have laid more than 1,850km of fibre, and built more than 3,500 new cabinets, BT notes. Another 400,000 premises will be passed before BT’s commercial rollout of fibre in Scotland is complete.
AT&T is in advanced discussions with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN), a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation networks to North Carolina, to deliver its U-verse GigaPower 1Gbps offering to six communities within the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions. Locations said to have ‘local policies that support broadband network investment’ have been identified as Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.
Work on the Federal Fiber Optic Network being rolled out by Argentina’s Arsat has reached 52% completion, suggesting the deployment remains on track for its late-2015 launch. Last year, investment in the project totalled ARS2.38 billion (USD297.3 million), up from a running total of ARS1.87 billion disbursed in 2011-2012.
Bezeq International has announced the launch of a point of presence (PoP) in Hong Kong for its global customers, as part of its expansion plans into East Asia. Bezeq claims to be the first Israeli telecoms operator to hold a physical presence in East Asia, and has chosen to open the PoP in Hong Kong as it seeks to improve data communication between the region and Israel.
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