FiberLight LLC (www.fiberlight.com/), provider of metro optical transport, is partnering with 1Vault Networks (www.1vault.net/) to provide optical transport capacity throughout the South Florida market by connecting diversely routed fiber between 1Vault Network's Category 5 Data Center in Fort Lauderdale and global IP provider NTT America.

Voice–over–IP (VoIP) provider Veracity Communications (www.quantum.com/) has strengthened its relationship with the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (www.utopianet.org/) by continuing to provide telecommunications services over the UTOPIA open access fiber–optic network.

Zayo Group (www.zayo.com/), a regional provider of fiber–based bandwidth, has signed an agreement to acquire network assets in six markets from Bridgeport, WV–based Citynet. The acquisition is Zayo's eleventh since July 2007.

Long Island Fiber Exchange Inc. (LIFE– www.longislandfiber.com/), a regional provider of fiber–optic bandwidth and services for education, government, and business, has acquired Exobit Networks Inc., a regional Internet and network services provider.

Golden Belt Telephone Association Inc. (GBTA), a cooperative based in Rush Center, KS, has teamed with Clearfield Inc. (www.clearfieldconnection.com/) for a five–year fiber–to–the–home (FTTH) deployment to 18 communities in west central Kansas.

Pannaway Networks (www.pannaway.com/), supplier of Ethernet/IP Multi–Service Access Platforms for telecommunications service providers, announced that Wightman Telecom (www.wightman.ca/) has selected its Service Convergence Network (SCN) architecture to complete a last–mile network transformation from twisted–pair copper to FTTH.

OnPATH Technologies (www.onpathtech.com/), provider of intelligent infrastructure switches that enable companies to automate and virtualize their physical infrastructure layer, has become a member of the Advanced Fiber Connectivity and Switching Forum (www.afcsforum.org). The newly formed group is focused on accelerating the adoption and deployment of fiber connectivity and optical switching technologies worldwide.

Alcatel–Lucent (www.alcatel–lucent.com) has signed a contract with the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) consortium to more than double the design capacity of the optical submarine cable network landing in East Africa. EASSy will now be able to deliver a regional capacity of 1.4 Tbits/sec, the highest capacity in the region.

PacketFront (www.packetfront.com/en/index_na.html), in collaboration with its Norwegian partner, NetNordic, has signed an agreement to create an open fiber–based network for Asker og Baerun Fibernett, one of Norway's largest regional broadband companies.

Metrosystems, a system integrator in Switzerland, has selected ECI Telecom's (www.ecitele.com) 9700 Series Carrier Ethernet Switch Router (CESR) for its carrier–class Ethernet portfolio. The first customer deployment has already been completed with Datapark, a service provider for the city of Wil in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Verizon Business (www.verizonbusiness.com/) is expanding its presence in India to support the direct delivery of advanced telecommunications services to multinational companies with operations in India, as well as to India–based multinationals. Following receipt of international and national long–distance licenses in early 2008, Verizon Business is now activating private IP nodes in the major Indian business centers of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

Sterlite Technologies Ltd. (http://sterlitetechnologies.com/index.aspx) has received contracts for its fiber–optic cables for deployment by "leading telecom incumbents" in sub–Saharan Africa for the expansion of their telecom backbone infrastructures. The contracts are worth a total of $5.2 million to Sterlite, and supplies would be executed with FY 2008–09.

Alcatel–Lucent (www.alcatel–lucent.com) has signed a contract with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), the largest telecommunications service provider in Taiwan, to provide Ethernet/MPLS gear for CHT's fiber–to–the–building (FTTB) initiative. This network expansion project will enable CHT to provide very high–speed services to a larger residential and business subscriber base across Taiwan.

Verizon (www22.verizon.com/) says its latest trial of 100G optical transmission technology performed with better tolerance for signal distortion than typically found in today's standard wavelength of 10G. Transporting data over 73 km of field fiber in northeastern Texas at a 92–Gbit/sec rate, the recent trial demonstrated twice the tolerance for signal distortion when compared with today's standard 10G signal, claims Verizon, which used Nortel (www.nortel.com/) equipment in the trial.

AT&T Inc. (www.att.com) has completed its transition of IP traffic to a consolidated IP/MPLS backbone network. The full–mesh optical platform includes the deployment of 40–Gbit/sec transport technology. In fact, the carrier says its entire U.S. ultra–long–haul network—more than 80,000 fiber–optic wavelength miles—now uses this 40–Gbit network technology.

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