Big Bear Networks (Sunnyvale, CA) sold its assets in a pair of deals. First, the company sold its optical transponder line to Finisar (Sunnyvale) for $1.9 million in cash. The transponder assets included equipment, inventory, and intellectual property associated with Big Bear’s 10-Gigabit Ethernet XENPAK and X2 transponders and 40-Gbit transponder. Second, Infinera (Sunnyvale) purchased Big Bear’s electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) technology and assets. Infinera had been a customer for Big Bear’s EDC technology; future versions of the EDC products will be developed at Infinera and integrated into Infinera ASICs. Infinera subsequently sold the assets relating to dispersion compensation for multimode transceivers to a party that company sources refused to name. Infinera retains all the assets, including intellectual property, for EDC singlemode networks.
Capitol Infrastructure (Cary, NC), a division of Capitol Broadband (Cary, NC), signed a multiyear contract to implement Corning Cable Systems’ (Hickory, NC) Evolant passive optical platform in more than 200,000 FTTH deployments throughout the United States. In the deployments, Corning will supply 100% of Capitol’s fiber-optic feeder and distribution cables, as well as hardware including fiber-optic cabinets, terminal distribution products, and drop cable assemblies. Corning will also provide FTTH services including design assistance, training, equipment rentals, and engineering support. Separately, Corning Cable Systems was granted U.S. Rural Utilities Service (RUS) acceptance for its Evolant Solutions line of FTTP platforms, including the company’s OptiSheath Terminal, OptiDrop Pedestal, and Versatile Access Pedestal product families.
Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Scientific-Atlanta (Lawrenceville, GA), a global provider of set-top boxes, end-to-end video distribution networks, and video system integration. The companies say the combined entity will enable development of an end-to-end “triple play” platform for carrier networks and consumers. Under the agreement, Cisco paid $43/share in cash for shares of Scientific-Atlanta and assumed outstanding options, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $6.9 billion, or approximately $5.3 billion net of Scientific-Atlanta’s existing cash balance. Following the close of the transaction, Scientific-Atlanta became a division of Cisco’s Routing and Service Provider Technology Group.
Calix (Petaluma, CA) acquired GPON provider Optical Solutions (OSI-Minneapolis, MN). Calix says the acquisition will accelerate GPON availability on its C7 multiservice access platform, while broadening its range of expertise in dealing with commercial, field-based FTTP deployments. In further news, the City of Burlington, VT, announced that it will deploy a municipal FTTH network using OSI’s FiberPath 500 GPON access platform. The network will pass nearly 20,000 premises.
Nayna Networks (Santa Clara, CA) agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of privately held Abundance Networks (Shelton, CT), including regional sales and R&D offices in Mumbai, India, in exchange for shares of Nayna common stock. Founded in 2002, Abundance is a supplier of TDM/Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH optical access platforms in India. Nayna says the acquisition will allow the company to sell its FTTP ExpressSTREAM products in the Indian market, while opening its global sales channels to Abundance products.
The University President’s Council of British Columbia (TUPC-Victoria, BC) was connected to BCNet (Sidney, BC), a builder of research and education networks, using fSONA’s (McLean, VA) optical wireless communication devices and free-space optical (FSO) technology.
Metro transport provider Fibertech Networks (Rochester, NY) completed a major expansion of its network infrastructure in Connecticut. The company added nearly 800 mi to its fiber network in that state, more than doubling its capacity to more than 1,300 mi over the last two years.
FiberOptic.com (Sellersville, PA) received a contract from Bechtel (Frederick, MD) to train Iraqi telecommunications workers in Baghdad. FiberOptic.com’s staff conducted the training onsite in November 2005. Bechtel is under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the repair, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of critical elements of Iraq’s infrastructure. Bechtel’s initial effort aims to restore Iraq’s 2,000-km, north-south fiber-optic communications backbone; under the contract’s terms, FiberOptic.com worked with Iraqi technicians in areas of fiber-optic theory, fiber splicing, and testing.
Time Warner Cable (Stamford, CT) deployed RAD Data Communications’ (Mahwah, NJ) pseudowire technology as part of a metro Ethernet service offering in Time Warner’s Houston, TX, market. The RAD IPmux platform supports TDMoIP pseudowires, or the ability to transparently transport TDM circuits such as T1 and T3 across Ethernet, IP, or MPLS networks.
FutureWei Technologies (Plano, TX), the North American division of Huawei (Shenzhen, China), announced that CTC Communications (Waltham, MA) deployed the FutureWei BWS1600A Multi-Reach DWDM platform on the provider’s New York City-to-Albany cross-section. The deployment is the first in CTC’s larger core network modernization program.
NSG America (Somerset, NJ), a subsidiary of Japan’s Nippon Sheet Glass (Tokyo), entered into a partnership with Optical Zonu (Van Nuys, CA), a provider of fiber interface modules. The partnership pairs NSG’s high-end optical manufacturing capabilities with Optical Zonu’s three-wavelength optical block technology to enable volume production of optical triplexers for use in FTTP applications. The Optical Zonu triplexers will be added in NSG optical network units to provide an analog cable TV and/or DBS overlay in BPON, GEPON, and GPON systems.
TelCove (Pittsburgh, PA) announced the availability of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) service for its metro area configurations, providing dedicated point-to-point connectivity across 70 markets in the eastern U.S. The 10GbE services will use the provider’s existing DWDM infrastructure.
Movaz Networks (Atlanta, GA) began in-service deployment of a Multi-Degree RAY-ROADM network. The optical DWDM transport and mesh reconfigurable network provides extended reach to sites including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD), the Mid Atlantic Crossroads (College Park, MD), and the National LambdaRail (Cypress, CA).
The Light Brigade (Tukwila, WA) was awarded a contract from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to provide fiber-optic training and training materials to the federal government. The contract details special discounts on Light Brigade training courses, as well as on educational DVDs, videos, and CD-ROMs. The contract also outlines a significant discount on The Light Brigade’s “Staff Development” materials.
Verizon (New York, NY) designed and installed a SONET telecommunications network for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (Nashua, NH). The hospital says the fiber network will help improve its patient services while allowing it to move its administrative staff to nearby buildings and to two other large facilities some miles away, freeing up space for patient care.
TranSwitch (Shelton, CT) has agreed to acquire Mysticom Ltd. (Netanya, Israel), a privately held developer of multi-Gigabit Ethernet electronic transceivers. With the acquisition, TranSwitch says it gains in-house capability to integrate high-speed SerDes and PHY technology into its future Envoy, PHAST, and EtherMap series of carrier-class Ethernet products. TranSwitch is expected to acquire Mysticom through the issuance of approximately $5 million of TranSwitch common stock. Upon the achievement of revenue objectives and a positive operating cash flow over the next 12 months, TranSwitch will pay up to an additional $10 million in the form of TranSwitch stock or cash, at its option. The transaction is expected to be completed in TranSwitch’s first quarter ending March 31, subject to customary closing conditions and requisite regulatory approvals. Mysticom Ltd. will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ) upgraded MCM Telecom’s (Mexico City, Mexico) Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone network in Mexico City using Juniper Networks’ (Sunnyvale, CA) M-series multiservice edge routers. MCM owns and operates large metro fiber networks in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara, offering IP-based voice systems, high-capacity data services, and point-to-point and point-to-multipoint optical network transport.
Dowslake Venture Ltd., a major shareholder of Dowslake Microsystems (Santa Clara, CA), acquired 29% of the shares of Pandatel (Hamburg, Germany), a provider of Ethernet and optical networking products, from Augusta AG (Frankfurt, Germany). In a press release, Dowslake Venture said it further intended to purchase the remaining 20.98% of Pandatel stock from Augusta, subject to regulatory approval. At the time of the announcement, Dowslake Venture’s general partner, Dr. Dan D. Yang, was appointed as the new CEO of Pandatel; upon her appointment, Yang received consent from the supervisory boards of Pandatel and Dowslake Microsystems to initiate a process of operations restructuring, involving the merger of Dowslake Microsystems into Pandatel.
Canar Telecommunication (Khartoum, Sudan) made a multimillion-dollar investment in FLAG Telecom’s (London, UK) FALCON submarine cable system. Canar will provide East Africa’s first landing station for the terabit/sec system at Port Sudan; the operator has also purchased capacity on the system’s fiber-optic cable.
To service the offshore oil and gas industry, TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) subsidiary North Sea Communications (Oslo, Norway), an independent telecom operator in the North Sea region, made interconnection agreements with both TampNett (Oslo) and Central North Sea Fibre Telecommunications Co. (Aberdeen, UK), to link all three companies’ fiber-optic networks in the North Sea.
Network services provider WV Fiber (Nashville, TN) selected Hibernia Atlantic’s (Dublin, Ireland) transatlantic transport network to provide two OC-48 level services from New York to London to directly connect with Europe’s LINX Internet exchange point. Via Hibernia’s secure network, WV says it added more than 125 peers and is sending more than 2 Gbits/sec of Ethernet traffic, and is offering its existing transport, VPN, content delivery, and streaming media to hundreds of LINX’s European ISPs and content delivery networks.
Nortel (Ottawa, Ontario) deployed a network core to provide Versatel’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) residential customers in Holland with broadband connectivity of up to 20 Mbits/sec. The network includes Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Router Switch 8600 and its Metro Ethernet Services Unit 1800/1850; the Ethernet-based infrastructure includes the company’s Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 platform, as well as its Common Photonic Layer (CPL) and Optical Metro 5000 platforms.
EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering (Quebec) was selected as the sole test equipment supplier for Deutsche Telekom’s (Bonn, Germany) fiber deployment applications. The operator initially selected the company’s optical time-domain reflectometer platform in a multimillion-dollar contract agreement set to extend over several years.
Alcatel (Paris) and Fujitsu (Tokyo) took part in an inauguration ceremony held in Dubai, UAE, to mark the launch of the SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable network. The two companies were co-contracted for the network’s construction in March 2004. Extending approximately 20,000 km, the network is operated by 16 carriers and links 14 countries spanning Asia, India, the Middle East, and Europe. For the construction, Alcatel deployed submarine and terrestrial optical networking platforms and addressed “turnkey responsibilities” including system design and installation of major segments; the company also had overall responsibility for the system’s SDH “end-to-end” realization. For its part, Fujitsu constructed approximately 8,000 km of the network and supplied submarine repeaters for the network’s entire Mediterranean Sea segment. Separately, MCI (Ashburn, VA) announced a global IP network expansion to deliver bandwidth via the cable system to regions including Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. The carrier was the only U.S.-based service provider to participate as an initial member of the SEA-ME-WE4 consortium.
ADVA Optical Networking (Munich, Germany) deployed its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 1500 platform into the pan-European network of IP service provider Neo Telecoms (Paris, France). The platform is delivering Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and E1 services across the provider’s “NeoWan” SDH network. Initial deployment of the platform included cities in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom.
Huawei (Shenzhen, China) won a bid to provide next-generation transmission network equipment for the construction of Algeria Telecom’s (Algiers) backbone transmission network. The network, covering all territories within Algeria, will employ Huawei’s OptiX OSN, OptiX Metro, and OptiX BWS series optical network transmission equipment.
ZTE (Shenzhen, China) and China Mobile (Beijing) are set to complete construction of a massive optical transmission network, following an agreement for its second phase. The approximately 25,000-km network will include 521 network nodes covering 18 provinces in western and southern China. The network is based on ZTE’s ZXWM M900 DWDM technology. Also, ZTE won a 100,000-subscriber IPTV contract from the Jiangsu Branch of China Telecom (Beijing), China’s largest fixed-line telecommunications operator.
ISP and data center provider Biznet (Jakarta, Indonesia) launched metropolitan services based on Nortel’s (Ottawa, Ontario) optical Ethernet technology, to meet corporate demand for high-bandwidth business applications. In the deployment, Nortel’s Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 provides guaranteed bandwidth service levels across Jakarta’s main business district, as well as quality of service for triple-play applications. Nortel’s Indonesia distributor, PT Harvest Perdana Kompakindo (Jakarta), and its reseller PT Adi Multi Kreasi (Jakarta), deployed the system, which was integrated with Biznet’s existing IP service offerings.
Broadband access equipment vendor Millinet (Seoul, South Korea) selected BroadLight’s (Mountain View, CA) End-to-End GPON platform for use in a deployment by Korea Telecom (KT-Seoul). KT will use the GPON equipment to provide capacity for IPTV, VoIP, and high-speed Internet services for its customers in Korea.
BTI Photonic Systems’ (Ottawa, Ontario) Netstender platform was deployed by the EGAT Public Company Ltd. (Bang Kruai, Thailand), as that utility builds out its optical broadband network for competitive services delivery. For the project, aimed at Thailand’s telecom service providers, BTI partnered with the Thai Transmission Industry Co. (TTI-Bangkok), a provider of network implementation and technology support services. In conjunction with an Ericsson/Marconi (Coventry, UK) SDH platform, TTI used BTI’s Netstender 2060 and Netstender 1030 platforms for the build-out, which included major sites in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Chiangmai, Suratthani, Hat Yai, and others.
ADVA Optical Networking (Munich, Germany) deployed a 10-Gbit/sec Ethernet network for ZTV (Tokyo), one of Japan’s largest local cable operators, that provides cable TV, VoIP, and data transmission services to more than 370,000 customers in 40 cities across the central-west region of Japan. ADVA’s carrier-class Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 and FSP 2000 DWDM systems were used in the deployment. System integrator Net One Systems (Tokyo) implemented the network, which spans 500 km from Tokyo to Nagoya.
Southern Cross Cables (Wellington, New Zealand) announced new capacity sales of $218 million for the period spanning March to October 2005. The sales enabled a repayment of bank debt that financed the network project from its initial construction in 1998. Commissioned for service in November 2000 at a total build cost of $1.3 billion, the Southern Cross network connects Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii to the U.S. mainland over two diverse submarine fiber-optic cables that form a fully protected ring. The company is jointly owned by Telecom NZ (Auckland, New Zealand) with a 50% share, Singtel-Optus (Sydney, Australia) with 40%, and MCI (Ashburn, VA) with 10%. The company says that 32% of recently equipped capacity on its Australia-Asia-U.S. ring is already in use, and that an additional 10% of its sold capacity is expected to be activated shortly, increasing the network’s utilization to more than 40%.
Amedia Networks (Eatontown, NJ) and FTTH platform provider SejongNT (Seoul, South Korea) partnered to provide Hans Communications (Seoul) with Amedia’s QoStream FTTP system for installation in Mongolia, as part of a larger effort to modernize that country’s communications infrastructure. Hans, a provider of cable TV and Internet services, has already deployed an 87-km optical backbone infrastructure in Mongolia, and is expanding that network with an additional 250 km of optical cable, anticipated for use in access applications.
Bayan Telecommunications (Naga City, Philippines) chose ECI Telecom’s (Petah Tikva, Israel) optical platform for a network upgrade to deliver IP-based applications and voice, video, and data services to residential and business subscribers. The network will deliver bandwidth of up to 100 Mbits/sec, with ECI’s BG-40 and the T::DAX-100 systems serving as infrastructure for the upgrade. The project includes deployment of secure fiber-optic nodes within a few hundred meters of subscribers’ homes; the initial phase will cover the carrier’s metro Manila core and street cabinets.
FPT Telecom (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam), a multimedia and Internet service provider, has deployed what it claims is that country’s first optical network. The 10-Gbit/sec network, built with a metro Ethernet, broadband, and IP/MPLS platform from Cisco (San Jose, CA), will employ the company’s ONS 15454 SDH MSPP, providing TDM, Ethernet, and SAN connectivity, as well as wavelength services through integrated DWDM and ROADM functionalities. Cisco also was selected by Telstra (Sydney, Australia) to upgrade the carrier’s Internet Protocol (IP) core router network to provide an increased range of IP services. The carrier will deploy Cisco’s carrier routing system (CRS-1) platform at core points-of-presence across Australia.
The U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC) deployed Ciena's (Linthicum, MD) ONLINE Metro Multiservice DWDM platform at the Fermi Natioanl Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab-Batavia, IL). The platform is enabling 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths for Fermilab to connect with the Science Technology and Research Lilght-Illuminated Gigabit High-Performance Transit (Star Light) international optical networking facility, located at Northwestern University's Chicago's campus.