Pakistan’s Special Communications Organization (SCO) and incumbent operator, PTCL have entered in a contract to deploy fiber optic cables in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It is estimated that more than 600 Kms of fiber optic cables are required to implement the project that would provide basic telephone and data services to the region.
Japan based fiber optic product manufacturer Furukawa Electric has announced a contract to provide optical cables and connectivity accessories to Mexican triple play operator Izzi Telecom. The supply contract is valid for two years. Furukawa fiber optic cables and accessories will help Izzi Telecom’s migration activities.
Luxtera has been in the limelight since the news of acquisition by Cisco came out. Though there are no official statements from either Cisco or Luxtera, the industry has started discussions based on the reporting by leading newspapers. According to the people watching closely the movements of acquisition, the biggest telecommunication network equipment maker, Cisco Systems Inc., is in talks to purchase optical chip technology company Luxtera Inc., No price information has been revealed and the since the talks are held privately, but sources close to the matter guess a few hundreds of millions of dollars. The negotiations are held confidentially and came to know only that Cisco could beat out bids from rivals such as Intel Corp. and Broadcom Inc.,
The residents of Charlemont town have voted for own fiber-optic network, rejecting an offer from Comcast to build, own and transfer a fiber network. Fifty-six percent of the residents voted in favor of the town building its own network rather than depending on Comcast. The offer from Comcast to the town authorities was to bring high-speed internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont.
The Iranian news agency IRNA reports that the governments of Iran and Azerbaijan are planning to improve telecommunication links connecting the two countries. A new fiber-optic route is the outcome of discussions between the members of ministries of both nations. Azerbaijan’s Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Ramin Guluzade revealed the government plans to the press agencies.
Political conflicts apart, the two Koreas has agreed to improve on the communication network, which is believed to be a great step toward peace and harmony in the peninsula. In a landmark agreement, the two Koreas will start reconstruction of the existing copper communication links by upgrading them to fiber optic links.
Africa based submarine and terrestrial communication network provider SEACOM has concluded a sale agreement for the 100% acquisition of FibreCo Telecommunications by its affiliate SEACOM South Africa . FibreCo owns and operates a national open access dark fibre network, providing infrastructure, connectivity and services across South Africa. The acquisition is subject to approval by the South African Competition Commission.
Chorus in a media release said that the demand for fiber connectivity has been strong for some time, but it has noticed a surge in demand in recent months. It was in April 2018, that the operator revealed the status of fiber connectivity, where the number of fiber customers was 400,000. Fiber deployments were rapidly progressing, but it has surprisingly surged and the provider has been able to meet the pressure from the market. Within approximately six months, around 100,000 numbers of fiber connections were done by its installation crew! This number corresponds to more than 5,500 fiber connections a day!