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ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.7 Supports 100-Mbps VDSL

By admin, June 4, 2012 6:06 pm

ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.7, a new version of the company’s software for optimizing the performance of DSL networks, is seen as a major first step toward allowing service providers to use fixed networks. These networks support networks offering access at 100 megabits per second using vectored very-high-bitrate digital subscriber line (VDSL) services, expected to see accelerated deployments in 2012 and 2013.

ASSIA Expresse 2.7 is the first product to offer advanced network management software for multi-tenant environments, where carriers must, or want to offer wholesale customers unbundled loops.

The latest version of the software includes support for identifying noise and interference issues that are more challenging compared to slower-speed DSL versions, helping service providers better identify issues that are dynamic, and vary by time of day, seasons of the year and subscriber behavior.

A recurring problem is “missing microfilters,” and the software allows for the detection of those conditions.

The latest version 2.7 also allows service providers to optimize performance, line by line, for latency performance, speed or throughput over time. Additional support for real-time optimization is also a new feature, according to Jerome Joanny, ASSIA senior director.

Although much of the demand can be expected to come from service providers in Europe and Latin America, higher-speed VDSL will likely be an important tool for North American operators, as many executives believe the business case for additional fiber-to-home or fiber-to-neighborhood upgrades is difficult.

That means a continuing reliance on faster copper-based access.

DSL and next-generation VDSL boast 70 percent of the consumer broadband line market share worldwide, according to Point Topic.

DSL and VDSL also added a whopping 50 million lines from Q3 2010 through Q3 2011, while cable and fiber to the home (FTTH) increased by only 10 million and three million lines, respectively.

The promise of FTTH is still largely a promise, with only 2.5 percent of access lines worldwide, due to the high cost of deploying fiber, according to Steve Timmerman, ASSIA SVP.

Wideband telco services subscribers are forecast to rise to 281 million in 2014, expanding at 30.9 percent per year from 73 million in 2009. ADSL subscribers will grow at only 8.4 percent per year during the same period, reaching 458 million in 2014, up from 305 million in 2009, a 2010 forecast by iSuppli Corp. suggests.

More recently, iSuppli has suggested that VDSL deployments might represent about six percent of new installations. Among technologies, asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) continues to account for more than half of all net additions in the world with 51 percent share, driven by demand in developing regions, particularly China and Latin America, iSuppli says.

The combined market share of fiber technologies came in second with about 34 percent of the market, followed by cable modems at nine ?percent and VDSL at six percent.?

Edited by Braden Becker

Fiber-Optic Cable between Cuba and Venezuela is in Full Motion

By admin, June 1, 2012 11:13 pm

The long awaited fiber-optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela as a quick, efficient new ramp onto the Internet has finally been revealed to be “in full operation,” but only strictly between the two governments, as reported by experts.

Those in Cuba currently suffer from the slowest and most expensive Internet access in Latin America, as their connections must go through satellites rather than faster, cheaper fiber-optic cables. This is expected to change, however, with the $70 million ALBA-1-fiber-optic cable, laid under the Caribbean from Venezuela to Siboney Beach, primarily paid for by Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s leftist President.

Why does the cable only remain available to people off the island though? This obviously brings about speculation and rumors of all types, such as a corruption scandal last summer at the Cuban state telecommunications monopoly (ETECSA), which spread reports like wildfire, accusing the cable of not working because bribes had led to the purchase of bad equipment. Venezuelan bloggers have also jumped the bandwagon, posting unconfirmed reports insisting that sensitive, Venezuelan government information including voting, citizenship and intelligence records are being kept in Cuba.

This Thursday, Venezuela’s science and technology minister, Jorge Arreaza, assured reporters the cable “is absolutely operational. It will depend on Cuba’s government how it uses it . Notes:For generations every dmv driving test child in America knew about Nathan Hale, the young dmv driving test master, who at the timeof the Revolution became an ardent Patriot…. but we know that the undersea cable is in full operation.” Additionally, Arreaza suggested that Venezuela is using the cable, and that Venezuela has benefited from a spur that goes from Cuba to Jamaica and can connect to other fiber-optic cables linking the United States and Europe.

Apparently, data collected by Renesys?(News – Alert), a New Hampshire company that monitors the global Internet, shows that all connections to Cuba from Miami, New York, Dallas and Sao Paulo in Brazil are being transmitted via satellites. Furthermore, a Renesys official relayed that, “there is no evidence of a submarine cable in use in Cuba in 2012.”

Supporters of Cuban engagement here in the U.S. argue that the U.S. embargoes restrictions on the sale of advanced telecommunications equipment to the island, and that is what’s ultimately responsible for its lag in Internet activity.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

Terremark Expands its Data Center Footprint in Latin America

By admin, May 15, 2012 7:20 am

The high-tech corridor at S?o Paulo is set to become bigger with Terremark expanding the Network Access Point?(News – Alert) (NAP) do Brazil, a massive and diverse carrier-neutral data center that is home to one of the most important Internet exchange points in Latin America.

By increasing its data center footprint and investment in Brazil, which is generally regarded as the IT hub in Latin America, Terremark, a Verizon?(News – Alert) Company, is attempting to fulfill its global strategy of extending the reach of its advanced IT solutions throughout the world, said company officials.

“We have experienced outstanding success and growth in Latin America, which is a clear testament of our unique proposition and our commitment to help enterprises across every industry transform their business through the adoption of the Enterprise Cloud,” said Nelson Fonseca, president at Terremark, in a press release.

NAP do Brazil, in the Alphaville area of S?o Paulo, will house 150,000 servers?in a connected, secure and redundant ecosystem and when combined with the recently expanded NAP of the Americas-Columbia facilities, Terremark will collectively offer more than 90,000 square feet of raised data center floor space in Latin America.

The expansion of Terremark’s operations in Brazil stems from increased customer demands for a world-class data center that has high security standards in place including ISO 27001 certification and capable of offering its customers a comprehensive portfolio of services.

“Our goal is to provide growing local and multinational enterprises with a secure, highly available hosting environment for their mission-critical applications,” said Hugo Zanon, head of the operations in Brazil.

Related news reports Terremark helping Direct Insite, a provider of e-invoicing solutions for accounts payable and accounts receivable automation, to improve application speed and responsiveness, and gain scalability, mission-critical availability and global bandwidth via its suite of IT infrastructure solutions.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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Clearfield Introduces Itself to Latin America

By admin, February 23, 2012 9:38 pm

Clearfield, Inc., a company specializing in fiber optic communication and connectivity solutions for Internet (and other) service providers, just announced that it will be welcoming Rafael Fernandez to the company, to fill the position of Regional Sales Manager for the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region. Fernandez, a citizen of Miami, Florida, has accepted the responsibility of managing the company’s department in this large area. At this moment, Clearfield (News – Alert) already has departments opened and developments established in countries like Costa Rica, Jamaica, Guatemala, Trinidad, Grenada, Panama and the United States Virgin Islands.

“Rafael will be a wonderful addition to our technical sales resources,” said Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield. Zwar bietet Mega JokerT keine Uberraschungen, was die Symbole betrifft und auch der gesamte Mechanismus des slots ist keine Offenbarung, doch gerade darin liegt auch die Starke des Automaten.. “Bringing Raf on staff is consistent with our strategy of building pockets of customer references as we enter a new market, and then expand with dedicated company resources. Raf joins the company with a strong knowledge of the technology and market space, and I am confident he will make an immediate contribution.”

Fernandez commented, “The Clearfield value-proposition, based around the Clearview Cassette and associated FieldSmart fiber management product line, resonates strongly with the broadband operators in the CALA region. I am excited about growing the Clearfield business in this emerging market.”

The Early Successes Telecommunications Services within Trinidad and Tobago already uses Clearfield’s products to help build its fiber-based infrastructure through 2011. TSTT’s OSP Engineer, Lester Marin, said, “Clearfield has been great to work with. The product line fits our footprint. The Cassette is very modular so we can use it whenever we need it throughout the TSTT network.”

Other companies, like Power & Telephone Supply, have also commented on Clearfield’s products. Paulo Eduardo da Silva, the International Managing Director for Power & Telephone Supply, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Clearfield’s expanding presence. The CALA market is ripe with opportunity and Clearfield’s product line is filling a unique niche.”

Edited by Rich Steeves

Nexans Announces Acquisition of AmerCable Holdings Inc. for US$275m

By admin, February 13, 2012 12:06 pm

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Nexans, a worldwide leading expert in the cable industry, makes a major investment in the growing Mining, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy cable markets.

Nexans has agreed to acquire AmerCable Holdings Inc. (”AmerCable”), the #1 producer of primarily Mining, Marine Oil & Gas and other industrial cables, including Renewable Energy, in North America for US$275m (€211m).

The consideration which will be payable in cash on completion and funded from existing available cash, represents a multiple of adjusted EBITDA (before copper effects and Quintana Energy Partners’ management fees) of c.9,5x.

Based in El Dorado, Arkansas, AmerCable employs approximately 400 associates and manufactures highly engineered and mission critical cables for harsh environments, specifically for the mining, oil and gas (onshore and offshore) and renewable energy industries. AmerCable also provides a range of unique engineering field and support services into these industries. In addition to a leading position in North America (where it makes 77% of its sales), AmerCable has growing operations in China, Latin America and Australia.

AmerCable enjoys a large portion of its revenues from recurring business with key customers.

For the year to 31 December 2011, AmerCable sales revenue totaled around US$270m, which is an annual growth of more than 30%. The company has been consistently producing industry best in class margins due to its attractive product mix.

AmerCable’s business complements Nexans’ existing operations in resource cables, providing a new strategic and operational platform in North America.

Commenting on this acquisition, Frédéric Vincent, Nexans CEO said “We are happy to welcome AmerCable associates within our group. The acquisition of AmerCable fits well with Nexans’ strategy to develop its Industry division extending its presence in markets with high-growth prospects and above market profitability. The global mining market is expected to benefit from strong global growth, in particular in the coal market in the U.S. and China, and the Oil & Gas market is expected to benefit from increased drilling activity (both onshore and offshore) and increasing well complexity. In particular the growing shift in North America towards unconventional oil and gas development is set to increase demand for AmerCable’s products and services. AmerCable’s presence in Mining and Oil & Gas will double the size of Nexans’ activities in those segments and will be highly complementary to Nexans’ existing operations in Offshore and Subsea and for total revenues close to € 350m”.

The consideration is subject to customary post-closing adjustments to net indebtedness and working capital levels at closing.

Closing is expected to take place on February 29, 2012.

Source: Nexans

Latin America’s Level 3 Named ‘Ethernet Service Provider of the Year’

By admin, January 19, 2012 5:54 pm

Level 3 Communications (News – Alert) Inc has announced that it has been awarded the ‘Service Provider of the Year” and “Best Business Ethernet Service” for its Ethernet services in the Caribbean and Latin American Regions by the Metro Ethernet Forum (News – Alert) (MEF). The MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards identify excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet Services.

More than 170 organizations worldwide including telecommunication service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations form the global industry alliance MEF (News – Alert). MEF’s aim is to accelerate the worldwide implementation of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. Level 3 Communications is a global provider of IP-based communication services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers.

A judging panel consisting of five global and regional analysts determined the frontrunners of the awards. We received this Hitachi hard drive from a customer last week which had previously been with another company offering Professional Recovery services.. These awards are presented every year in North America, APAC, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and in the Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) regions.

In a release, Nan Chen, MEF President, said, “The ‘Service Provider of the Year’ award represents the highest cumulative score for all categories – business, wholesale and marketing – with an additional score for service coverage, access technologies and partnership agreements. Ethernet is a key component for companies trying to drive growth while also increasing efficiencies, and providers like Level 3 are helping companies leverage the technology to create business value. casino online .”

The expert panel has presented the Best Business Ethernet Service Award to Level 3 for providing innovative Ethernet services to the enterprise segment within the CALA region.

Hector Alonso, the Regional President of Latin America at Level 3, stated, “Level 3 is proud to receive these awards in recognition of our Ethernet services. We are working closely with our customers, as well as with organizations like MEF, to create value for the market by offering services we believe are the most reliable and flexible Ethernet solutions available.”

The award entries in the field of Carrier Ethernet Services highlight the importance of Ethernet transport technology for enhanced performance and efficiency.

For more information on mobile opportunities in Latin America, check out the Mobile LatAm event, which is part of ITEXPO (News – Alert) East 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3. The event includes speakers and panels focused on communications and technology topics in this region.

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

Orckit-Corrigent Delivers Packet Transport Network Solutions to Cablecolor

By admin, December 15, 2011 8:59 pm

Orckit-Corrigent, a Packet Transport Network (PTN) provider, and TELSOL, a telecom group in Central America, announced that Cable Color, a service provider in Honduras, has selected Orckit-Corrigent’s IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP based CM-4000 PTN switches and CM-View network management system to unveil broadband and enterprise VPN services.

“Cable Color continues to operate a highly advanced network using state-of-the-art technologies to provide a wide range of broadband services to our customers,” said Cesar Rosenthal, CEO of Cable Color, in a statement.

“Orckit-Corrigent’s solutions aggregate DSLAMs and transport 10Gbit broadband with advanced traffic management and quality of service technologies to meet our specific technical and economical requirements. This investment is another clear evidence for our: More than a Cable company, providing an access to the world vision,” Rosenthal added.

Leveraging Orckit’s CM-4000 portfolio, a series of small, medium and large capacity Packet Transport Network switches, Cable Color can benefit from a combination of Ethernet, SDH and PDH services to facilitate migration towards a unified packet network.

Since these products are based on dual stack IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP, packet synchronization and circuit emulation technologies, Cable Color can design and scale up the delivery of residential, business and mobile backhauling services in next-generation telecom infrastructure networks.

“Orckit-Corrigent is pleased to include Cable Color in our growing global customer base,” said Izhak Tamir, co-founder and president of Orckit Communications (News best online casino” /> – Alert). “This selection highlights the effectiveness of our solution for next-generation networks.”

“We announced the first deployment of CM-4000 products about two years ago and have since then significantly increased our presence and customer base in Central and Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe, with the addition of both Tier-1 and Tier-2 service providers,” Tamir added.

Recently, Orckit-Corrigent announced that HEAG MediaNet, a German telecom service provider, selected the company to deploy Orckit-Corrigent’s MPLS and MPLS-TP based CM-4000 PTN switches.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

New undersea wire to launch in Africa

By admin, November 24, 2011 7:08 am

Africa will shortly be serve connected to a universe with a launch of a new undersea fiber-optic cable, that aims to couple Africa, South America, North America and Europe. The WASACE is an sparkling new general communications complement joining a vital markets, that is a largest such plan ever mounted in a Atlantic Ocean.

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A network map of a WASACE undersea fiber-optic wire (image: WASACE)

The projects’ sum fiber length is 7 times a rim of a earth. If a fibers were connected end-to-end, they would widen 3 buliding of a approach to a moon.

WASACE is a initial trans-Atlantic complement to muster a next-generation “100G� technology, with 10 times a ability of prior systems. It represents a sum investment of billions of US dollars from investors on 4 continents, including a general private equity investment organisation VIP Must, represented by CEO Patrick Perrin, and a African Development Bank, represented by COO Raymond Zoupko, as good as Brazilian and other investors.

The plan is headed by WASACE Cable Company Worldwide Holding, a multinational growth association represented by CEO Ramon Gil-Roldan of Spain. Project growth will be managed by a David Ross Group, represented by CEO David Ross of a US.

The plan will yield a once taken apportion of affordable Internet communication ability joining a fast-growing markets of Africa and Latin America with a vital blurb markets of North America and Europe, including a first-ever high-capacity wire travelling a South Atlantic.

WASACE Cable Company Worldwide Holding was shaped to accommodate a rapidly-evolving needs of building markets in a Southern Hemisphere – “WASACE: Because a universe is changing�.

Staff writer