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Project will provide fiber optic connections to the northern-most parts of the U.K. The bulk of the project will use the fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) approach, which can deliver connection speeds of up to 80 Mbps, with a smaller component of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband. Ethernet, which can offer major cost and speed benefits for midsize businesses, will also become much more widely available as a result of the fiber build, BT said.(Read Full Article)
British communications regulator Ofcom is proposing tariffs on the U.K.'s leading business and consumer telco, BT. According to the proposal, BT would be allowed to offer leased line charges based on older technology that can "rise modestly to reflect higher costs in this declining market," but any newer Ethernet-based product charges would be controlled.(Read Full Article)
Software-defined networking is here, and it needs a plan. From you. Vendors are revamping product lines and buying up companies to get a stake in the SDN market, doing their best to tag themselves as hip to the biggest networking technology change since Ethernet.(Read Full Article)
"Shouldn't there be a Moore's Law of WAN connectivity?"
IT's frustration with the pace of service provider innovation is understandable. As with so many technology areas, from storage to app dev, user demand for WAN bandwidth is rising at a faster clip than what companies are willing to pay for, and providers moving slowly on upgrades isn't helping.(Read Full Article)
The biggest buzzword at this year's Interop conference in Las Vegas was software-defined networking. SDN in general and OpenFlow in particular caused near constant debate in the convention center. IT analysts spread the fervor last week, with IDC estimating SDN to be a $2 billion market in four years. With all of this hoopla, it's easy to forget that just a couple years ago, OpenFlow was a Stanford research project and SDN was an unchristened buzzword.(Read Full Article)
- Verizon Business rapidly expanded its cloud capabilities last year, and plans to do the same in 2011. It's not previously been seen as a prominent name in cloud computing, but its enhanced capabilities indicate that may be about to change. (Read Full Article)
- Sales of Carrier Ethernet infrastructure equipment jumped 36% to $4.8 billion in 2009, forecast to hit $8.2 billion by 2014, as carriers rush to deploy advanced mobile networks. (Read Full Article)
- Paetec Holding Corp. said it plans to acquire Cavalier Telephone Corp. in a $460 million all-cash deal that will enhance Paetec's last-mile connectivity offerings and reduce its overall expenses through improved cost-structures and network grooming. Included in the proposed deal is Cavalier's nearly 17,000 fiber-route miles; the acquisition will broaden Paetec's service area to include operations in 86 of the top 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Paetec primarily serves business customers and the acquisition of Cavalier will increase its presence in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. (Read Full Article)
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