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Virgin Media O2 finishes gigabit broadband upgrade

Virgin Media O2 has announced the completion of their nationwide gigabit broadband buildout with the connection of 15.5 million homes.

‘You’re assuming fiber is there:’ The less-talked about roles of fiber in 5G networks

FiberLight exec: Industry is 'too consumed with fiber to the tower' For the last three decades, the demand for mobile data has grown exponentially, driving tremendous capacity expansions and the need for more network infrastructure, especially as 5G networks continue to rollout. FiberLight’s Executive VP...

Masmovil inks 5G deal with Orange in Spain

  Spanish telecom operator Masmovil inked a 5G agreement with rival operator Orange Spain which will boost the company’s EBITDA for the next three years, the telco said in a release. Under the terms of the agreement, which covers mobile, fiber and broadband technologies, Masmovil will...

Net neutrality a non-issue for cities with publicly-owned networks

With a 3-2 vote along party lines, last week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission reversed Obama-era net neutrality rules that treated internet service providers like utilities under Title II rules. The highly unpopular move by the FCC has stakeholders concerned that major corporations like Comcast...

Three 5G fiber trends to watch

Fiber is fuel for both LTE and future "5G" systems, and service providers are doing their best to increase their fiber footprints. Here are three fiber trends to watch:  Both residential and enterprise fiber access is on the upswing. SNL Kagan found earlier this year...

CenturyLink gets FCC nod for Level 3 buy

Anti-trust approval clears the way for the $34B deal to close CenturyLink received anti-trust approval from the Federal Communications Commission on Monday for its $34 billion purchase of Level 3 Communications. CenturyLink had been steadily winding its way through the necessary state-level approvals and received...

Cincinnati Bell to acquire Hawaiian Telcom, OnX Enterprise

Cincinnati Bell announces two acquisitions worth $851 million Regional telecom operator Cincinnati Bell is expanding its reach with two acquisitions that will boost its position in fiber infrastructure and cloud-related services: Honolulu-based Hawaiian Telcom, and enterprise IT company OnX Enterprise. The two transactions will cost Cincinnati...

Verizon bulks up on fiber with $300 million Prysmian deal

Supplier deal follows on billion-dollar Corning purchase Verizon Communications continued its steady diet of fiber with a new supplier arrangement with Prysmian Group, under which Prysmian will supply more than 10.6 million miles of fiber cable over the next three years. The contract is worth...

Crown Castle picks up L.A.-area fiber provider

Dense SoCal fiber footprint is expected to boost small cell deployments. Crown Castle has agreed to acquire Los Angeles-based fiber and data center provider Wilcon for $600 million. According to transaction information provided by Crown Castle, privately held Wilcon has a fiber footprint of...

TestFlow: Achieving efficient, compliant and visible network field testing

Telecommunications carriers depend on optical fiber networks with ever-faster speeds and greater capacity to serve the insatiable data demands of their customers. Whether for fiber-to-the-antenna, Distributed Antenna Systems or fiber-to-the-home for residential or enterprise customers, those larger, faster fiber connections are a key competitive...

Quintillion deploys Ciena platform for subsea fiber optic system

The first phase of the fiber project is starting in Alaska. Alaska-based Quintillion announced it is currently deploying Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform to support the first phase of its 15,000-kilometer intercontinental subsea fiber system. The first phase of Quintillion’s network is set...

$3 billion fiber investment planned for Belgium

European telco Proximus is looking to reach 85% of enterprises and more than 50% of households with fiber. Belgian telecommunications operator Proximus said it expects to invest 3 billion euros ($3.13 billion) over the next 10 years to accelerate deployment of fiber across the...

Telia Carrier expands European fiber network

The carrier completed a fiber network expansion, adding a DWDM route linking Frankfurt and Warsaw Telia Carrier extended the reach of its global IP backbone through the completion of the Frankfurt-Warsaw Express, a direct dense wavelength division multiplexing fiber network route from Frankfurt, Germany, to...

Dense wavelength division multiplexing is the future of fiber

From metro rings to long-haul and subsea transmission, the world's networks--wireless and wireline--depend on fiber optic cable. And, given the costly nature of fiber deployments, it's essential to maximize the efficiency and capacity of existing assets. To that end, dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) has...

New Zealand gets nationwide 1 Gbps fiber network

Open fiber network provider Chorus is expanding the reach of its wholesale broadband footprint with the goal of, "Making New Zealand a true 'Giganation," CEO Mark Ratcliffe said. Chorus owns fiber and copper networks, which it makes available to other telecom providers. Beyond access, the...

CS&L to buy Tower Cloud

Deal marks second large fiber acquisition for CS&L REIT Fiber network operator Tower Cloud is set to be acquired by Communications Sales & Leasing for $230 million in cash and stock. CS&L is the real estate investment trust that was spun off from internet service...

CS&L to buy Tower Cloud

Deal marks second large fiber acquisition for CS&L REIT Fiber network operator Tower Cloud is set to be acquired by Communications Sales & Leasing for $230 million in cash and stock. CS&L is the real estate investment trust that was spun off from internet service...

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