Fiber Optic Market News 29 February 2016

Cape Town fibre trial hits 400Gbps download speed The Mother City may be in danger of losing its capital status if Parliament decides to shift “oop north” (as we say where I come from), but it’s just put in a claim to the throne of Queen of Broadband connectivity. Tests on the Cape Town metro fiber network just proved that it’s capable of sustaining data transfer speeds of 400Gbps, while doing something else. Telecoms firm ADVA Optical Networking apparently carried out the tests, according to a press statement just received at htxt.towers, sending…

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Kerala Achieves the Status of First Digital State in India

India’s southern state of Kerala had achieved a unique status of becoming country’s first digital state by linking all villages in the state with high speed broadband networks under the scheme of BharatNet (previous National Optical Fiber Network or NOFN). Indian President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee had formally announced the achievement the state in a function to launch Digital empowerment campaign in Kozhikode (old Calicut). Digital empowerment campaign is launched by the central government to reduce the digital divide by the year 2020. Kerala has also the distinction of having the…

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Fiber Optic Market News 25 February 2016

CityFibre response to Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications) The report’s conclusions are clear – that to meet the UK’s current and future digital communication needs, and enable widespread availability of competing fiber-to-the-premises networks, a strategic shift to support large-scale investment in end-to-end fiber is required. To accelerate this, Ofcom recommends the promotion of investment and competition, and provisions such as the assurance of meaningful access to Openreach’s physical infrastructure. The conclusions in today’s report will considerably strengthen CityFibre’s capability to drive forward an alternative fiber future for Britain….. Spain…

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Fiber Optic Market News Digest 25 February 2016

Verizon to buy fiber–optic network from Icahn’s XO for $1.8B Verizon Communications has agreed to buy the fiber–optic network business and lease spectrum from Carl C. Icahn’s XO Communications for $1.8 bn. Google Fiber to use existing fiber optic cable in San Francisco Google Fiber announced Wednesday it will use existing fiber optic cables in San Francisco to bring its gigabit Internet service to some apartments, … City, county explore fiber partnerships The Shelby County Fiber Optic board discussed both long-term options and immediate needs at a meeting in Shelbyville…

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Fiber Optic Market News 24 February 2016

India to spend S$818 million to develop first 20 Smart Cities India’s government will provide 40 billion rupees (S$818 million) to upgrade the infrastructure of the first 20 cities selected under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s smart cities program, according to a statement from the Ministry of Urban Development on Saturday (Feb 20). Six cities – Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, and Jaipur and Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan – have set up special purpose vehicles to implement the government’s plan to promote digital…

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