The Carrier and Wholesale Services (C&WS) division of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group) announced the readiness of its SmartHub Kalba data center facility to be the future telecom hub for the MENA region.
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Verizon now connects nearly 48% of its cell sites with its own deployed fiber optic cables and is on track to reach about 50% by the end of this year, allowing Verizon wireless customers to take full advantage of Verizon’s peak speeds and robust service offerings. Verizon’s fiber network is the largely invisible foundation that is a key driving force behind providing the reliability and scalability customers need and expect. It is the connective tissue that ties the disparate pieces of the network together and transfers data between a customer and the internet.
The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) Consortium, owner of one of the largest consortium cable systems in the world, selected Infinera’s ICE6 coherent 800G solution to increase its submarine network capacity and provide diverse, resilient connectivity across European, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern markets. AAE-1’s submarine upgrade will more than double the current capacity, providing in excess of 100 Tb/s, resulting in the largest-scale submarine upgrade in history.
American Tower Corporation and Verizon Communications Inc. have signed a new overarching lease agreement, facilitating Verizon’s ongoing 5G network deployment across American Tower’s extensive US portfolio of communications sites. The agreement provides a simplified and efficient leasing process through a contractual framework that will drive mutual growth and value over a multi-year period.
Corning Inc announced plans to build a new optical cable manufacturing plant in Arizona as the U.S. government moves to award $42 billion to expand broadband to millions of unserved Americans.
Clearfield announced its CraftSmart® FiberFirst Pedestal, the industry’s first pedestal designed to support fiber-only deployments. Deployable in any outdoor environment, and ideal for operators looking to deploy broadband in rural markets, the pedestal delivers the most cost-effective, non-metallic enclosure in the industry, delivering a solution that exceeds industry standards for strength, reliability, and environmental concerns.
Global investment firm Carlyle announced that funds managed by its Global Infrastructure platform have committed up to $1 billion to partner with Tillman Global Holdings to accelerate its investments in Tillman Infrastructure, a leading privately held cell tower platform in the United States. The explosive growth in 5G, Edge Data Centers and for 5G backhaul are all contributing factors to this market expansion.
America Movil (AM) has completed the spin-off of all telecoms towers and other associated passive infrastructure in most of the Latin American countries where it operates, with all relevant assets, liabilities and capital transferred to a new company named Sitios Latinoamerica (Sitios Latam).
WIOCC's commitment to delivering a market-leading portfolio of wholesale services, based on strategic investment in subsea and terrestrial digital infrastructure, has been further demonstrated with the arrival in South Africa, on 8 August 2022, of Google's Equiano cable.
Windstream Wholesale, has connected to its second DC BLOX data center at 433 6th St. South in Birmingham, Alabama. Windstream Wholesale is now taking orders at the location for diverse Wave Services, Ethernet Solutions, and Dedicated Internet Access.