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Garland Technology's high-density TAP supports 11.2T capacity

Garland Technology LLC, a specialist in test access point (TAP) equipment, has released a new passive 28/56 Fiber TAP. The 1U chassis can hold up to 56 TAPs with LC optical connectors. “This is the highest density fiber TAP available on the market, granting 56 TAPs in a single 1U chassis,” said Chris Bihary, CEO and co-founder of Garland Technology.

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SK Broadband deploys ARRIS E6000 platform in South Korea

ARRIS Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) says that SK Broadband is deploying its E6000 converged edge router (CER), enabling the South Korean service provider to launch its new 1-Gbps data service as well as enhanced entertainment experiences. The ARRIS E6000 CER is a converged cable access platform (CCAP) that has been deployed worldwide and now provides service to over 1 million subscribers, ARRIS says.

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AT&T launches 300 Mbps U-verse in Austin with 1 Gbps on the way

Attempting to beat Google Fiber to the punch, AT&T (NYSE:T) has launched its fiber to the home (FTTH) based GigaPower U-verse service in Austin, TX. AT&T initially will offer 300 Mbps downstream speeds via GigaPower, with an eye towards offering 1 Gbps next year. However, the local government may pass new local ordinances that will force AT&T to help its rival catch up.

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Huawei to deliver 400-Gbps OTN technology to Telefonica Chile

In what would appear to be an industry first, Huawei says it will help Telefonica Chile deploy a 400-Gbps metro fiber-optic network based on Optical Transport Network (OTN) principles. The network will be rolled out in the capital city of Santiago to support LTE and IPTV services.

 

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Australia's AARNet4 upgrades to 100GbE with Juniper Networks

Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) says it has selected Juniper’s advanced routing and switching networking technology as the foundation for AARNet4, the country’s next-generation network for research and education. Since AARNet’s third-generation network was launched eight years ago, the traffic it carries has more than doubled every two years, driven both by growth in the number of users on the network and an explosion in the size of data sets generated by advanced research applications. 

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Cube Optics offers break-out cable for 40GBase-LR4/ER4 transceivers

Germany’s Cube Optics has unveiled what the company asserts is the first singlemode fiber break-out cable that pairs with 40GBase-LR4 and ER4 optical transceivers. The cable enables data center operators to split 40G switch and router ports into four separate 10G connections for applications that require longer reach than the 300 m supported by multimode fiber. 

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Eircom expands planned broadband fiber roll out

Irish national carrier eircom says it will increase the number of homes and businesses it plans to pass with its national fiber-optic network rollout from 1.2 million to 1.4 million. The increase brings the percentage of Irish premises eircom expects to pass by July 2016 to 70% by adding 562 communities across all of the country’s 26 counties. 

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Strong North American sales can't stop 3Q13 optical network market decline says Ovum

Echoing the sentiments of other market research firms (see "Infonetics expects downturn in optical network hardware spending"), Ovum reports that global spending on optical network equipment declined sequentially in the third quarter of this year. The downturn came despite a strong three months in the North American market.

 

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400 Gigabit Ethernet represents watershed opportunities says CIR

While standards work on 400 Gigabit Ethernet has just begun, market research and analysis firm CIR already predicts that the upcoming Ethernet specifications will change the face of data center network technology. CIR notes in its new “Next-Generation Ethernet: From 100 Gbps to 400 Gbps and Beyond” report that large data centers have already begun to deploy 400-Gbps “aggregations” and backbones.

 

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Zayo deploys Infinera DTN-X to support 100GbE service delivery

Zayo Group LLC has revealed that Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has supplied its DTN-X packet-optical transport platform to support the fiber-optic network services provider’s previously announced move to 100 Gbps. Zayo revealed Infinera’s role in a press release announcing that it would use the DTN-X to supply 1-Tbps capacity via superchannel to the SCinet network for Super Computing 2013 (SC13) this week. 

 

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Russia's TransTeleCom goes 100G via Cisco

Russian telecom service provider TransTeleCom (TTK) has launched commercial services over 100-Gbps ultra-long-haul DWDM routes between St. Petersburg and Moscow and between Moscow, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. The fiber-optic network segments represent a total length of more than 3000 km and marks completion of first stage of TTK’s effort to deploy 100G nationally using coherent transmission technology from Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO).

 

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Oclaro 1Q14 revenues climb but layoffs loom

Optical component, module, and subsystems vendor Oclaro Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) reported on November 7 sequential revenue growth for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. The company earned $138.9 million in the quarter, which ended September 28, 2013, up $2.8 million from the previous quarter. However, the relatively good news will not be enough to halt layoffs, company management revealed.

 

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ZTE, China Telecom send 1 Tbps 3200 km

ZTE Corp. (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ) says it collaborated with China Telecom Corporation Ltd. Beijing Research Institute to send a 1-Tbps signal 3200 km. The demonstration used a terabit WDM real-time transmission system based on ZTE’s ZXONE 8700 platform.

 

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Rostelecom picks Alcatel-Lucent for Russian cable system

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Rostelecom say the Russian section of the Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) project is now operational, thanks to the installation of optical transport gear from the France-based systems vendor. The 100G fiber-optic network will support the transmission of high-bandwidth video and other bandwidth-hungry services in Russia.

 

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