Taipei Times reports that the TRA (The Taiwan Railways Administration) has decided to upgrade its nationwide fiber-optic network. TRA made plans for the complete transformation of its network within the next four years. The cost of the upgrade is estimated at around US$ 23 million.
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.