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Infonetics: Europe to lead telecoms spending in 2014

24 July 2014
 
Europe will be in the telecom capex driver's seat this year, while North America can expect a slowdown. That’s the perhaps surprising conclusion of latest report from Infonetics Research.  The “Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers” report analyzes global and regional market trends and conditions.
 


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Microsoft, Google lead push for 25G Ethernet in data centres

24 July 2014
 
Data centre network vendors and operators say a new Ethernet standard is needed in cloud data centres. The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has released a specification for 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 50GbE, which they say is needed to connect top-of-rack switches to network interface cards on the servers in a more cost-effective manner.
 


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Ciena launches software to enhance network agility

24 July 2014
 
Ciena has unveiled software that it says will provide service providers with greater control over their networks. The Agility software portfolio from Ciena includes a multi-layer software-defined networking (SDN) controller implemented using the OpenDaylight framework, three network applications and enhancements to Ciena's existing V-WAN network services module.
 


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Facebook builds ‘open source’ data centre switch

24 July 2014
 
Data centre operators are becoming increasingly involved in creating the hardware that runs in their data centres. Now Facebook has built its own networking switch and developed a Linux-based operating system to run it.
 


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Vodafone teams with Irish utility for FTTH network

23 July 2014
 
State-owned utility ESB Group and Vodafone have entered into a joint venture that plans to invest €450 million to build a 100% fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network offering speeds from 200 Mbps to 1 Gbps to regional towns and cities in Ireland.


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Bell Labs achieves 10G transmission over telephone wire

23 July 2014
 
Bell Labs has achieved multi-gigabit data transmission rates down a telephone wire. The demonstration promises operators a way to deploy gigabit broadband speeds without having to bring fibre all the way inside the home. 
 


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EZchip to acquire multi-core processor developer Tilera

21 July 2014

Network processor specialist EZchip Semiconductor has announced it will acquire Tilera. The deal is valued at $130 million (€96 million) in cash: $50 million (€37 million) when the deal closes, and up to $80 million (€59 million) more depending on performance targets being met. 



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Virtual network services and metro 100G on OIF agenda

3 July 2014
 
The Optical Internetworking Forum has begun work on virtual network services (VNS) that will enable telco customers to define their own networks. VNS will enable a user to define a multi-layer network (Layer 1 and Layer 2, for now) that is more flexible than existing VPNs.
 


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Ixia introduces 400 Gigabit Ethernet test platform

24 June 2014
 
The IEEE Task Force has only just started work on the 400 Gigabit Ethernet standard, but already test equipment is appearing on the market. Test and measurement vendor Ixia has unveiled what it calls a “proof-of-concept” 400-Gbps Higher Speed Ethernet test platform and Ciena has already used the equipment for a 400GbE interoperability test. 
 


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Europe broadband for all achieved, via satellite

24 June 2014
 
The European Commission says it has achieved the objective of delivering basic broadband coverage to all by 2013, and is making good progress on most targets outlined in the Digital Agenda for Europe. However, roll out of high-speed broadband is still too slow, especially in rural areas, the Commission says.
 


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