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Nokia, Proximus claim world’s fastest live fiber network with 25G PON

Nokia and Belgian operator Proximus turned on what it claims to be the world’s fastest fiber access network in Antwerp, Belgium. Operating over existing fiber and Nokia equipment deployed in the Proximus network, the first 25G PON live network connects the Havenhuis building in the...

Crown Castle ends Q1 with 40,000 towers: CEO

Crown Castle finished the first quarter of 2021 with 40,000 towers and approximately 80,000 small cells on-air or committed in backlog as well as 80,000 route miles of fiber concentrated in the top U.S. markets, the company’s CEO Jay Brown said during a conference...

KPN to test fiber optic cabling made with 90% recycled plastic

The sustainable fiber optic cabling is a 4.5 mm cable in a 10 mm sleeve KPN will begin testing more sustainable fiber optic cabling that is made from 90% recycled plastic in September in Buitenpost (Friesland) and Nijmegen Dukenburg. The announcement demonstrates the company’s commitment...

Small cell densification will require new fiber and lots of it

Clearfield: RAN and core are obviously important but “none of that works without the fiber” The role of fiber optics in 5G deployment is an often-overlooked part of the conversation, but according Clearfield Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Morgan, the role of physical network infrastructure is...

Fiber optic vs. 5G wireless networks: A closer look at an emerging debate (Reader Forum)

5G is the fifth generation of wireless networking. And while 5G doesn’t exist yet — and won’t be available for widespread use until the 2020s — the performance goals it promises are unprecedented for wireless networks. As a result, the projected performance of 5G has...

Vodafone, O2 ink letter of intent to add 5G to existing network sharing deal

  The two UK carriers said they also aim to upgrade their transmission networks with higher capacity optical fiber cables   UK carriers Vodafone and Telefonica UK (O2) have signed a letter of intent aimed at strengthening their existing network sharing partnership. Vodafone and O2 said they plan...

‘Digital equity’ major goal of Chattanooga fiber network

Mayor Andy Berke wants other mid-size cities to leverage fiber for economic development SAN FRANCISCO--The Chattanooga, Tenn., that Mayor Andy Berke grew up in "was a steel and foundry city. It was dying. Downtown was a great place to take a date because you could...

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...

Telia Carrier deploys fiber optic cable linking Sweden with Russia

The new fiber system is said to allow the carrier to offer 100G-plus service in Russia and Baltic countries. Nordic company Telia Carrier established a new fiber route connecting Stockholm, Sweden, with St. Petersburg, Russia, via Tallinn, Estonia, and upgraded multiple submarine cables...

Trident inks deal with Indonesian firm on subsea fiber system

Subsea fiber infrastructure expected to enhance connectivity between Australia and Asia. Australian subsea cable operator Trident Subsea Cable and Indonesian company Triasmitra entered into a strategic venture to own and operate a telecommunications fiber cable connecting Singapore and Indonesia. The two companies said...

HKT to deploy submarine cable system in Hong Kong

The Ultra Express Link submarine cable is set to be operational next year. Hong Kong telecom firm HKT revealed plans to deploy the Ultra Express Link, a high-capacity fiber optic submarine cable connecting Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate and Chai Wan, both in...

TE SubCom, Ciena partner on submarine cable networking solutions

The submarine cable offering combines TE SubCom’s equipment with Ciena’s optical platform TE SubCom, a company specializing in submarine cable network technology, and Ciena signed a strategic alliance to work on the development of open submarine cable networking solutions. The two firms said the alliance...

Subsea fiber optic networks: Past, present and future

Continents, cultures linked by subsea fiber optic networks The world is becoming an increasingly connected place. In this wireless world it’s easy to forget all these connections require hundreds of thousands of kilometers of fiber optic cable to carry terabytes of data across the world’s...

Fiber optic networks in the U.S.

AT&T, Verizon, Level 3, Birch, Zayo all major players in U.S. fiber optic networks Fiber optic networks play a key role in the evolution of telecommunications services as the increasing demand for data will require communications service providers and the owners of fiber optic networks...

Google, AT&T continue fiber network expansions

Fiber-to-the-home shaping up to be a CSP battleground As the fiber broadband race continues to pick up steam, this week saw AT&T announced expansion of its GigaPower service to 38 additional markets while Google Fiber is eyeing build outs in Los Angeles and Chicago. Consumer demand for...

Birch metro fiber investment connects 80,000 new buildings

As communication service providers continue to expand the reach of crucial fiber optic networks, player Birch Communications recently completed connection of 80,000 new buildings in 22 states to its metro fiber network. Based in Atlanta, Birch provides communications, network and cloud services to small- and...

AT&T service restored after latest severed cable in California

FBI investigating Internet cable vandalism impacting AT&T service It appears Internet cable-snipping vandals have struck again in California. AT&T service in San Joaquin County has been restored after a severed main fiber-optic line left customers without service for 22 hours. The outage affected thousands throughout...

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