GlobeNet’s Submarine Fiber Optic
Cable System Upgrade Is Now Complete.
The demand for advanced services requiring high-bandwidth networks
has been driven by the increased use of high-end services such as
streaming media, online gaming, high-definition (HD) video, social
media applications and other bandwidth-intensive services.
With over 22,000 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cable built
with the lowest latency design on all network segments, GlobeNet
offers network availability in excess of 99.99%. Its
state-of-the-art architecture based upon the latest Dense Wave
Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology coupled with GlobeNet’s
carrier-class customer support, offers the wholesale marketplace
cutting-edge services and technical support.
“As a wholesale provider committed to the Latin American region, we
have further optimized our cable system to address the huge demand
for Internet-related services,” states Erick W. Contag, Chief
Operating Officer of GlobeNet.
“By utilizing our extremely reliable and high-capacity network,
carrier and service providers will also be able to prepare their
networks to handle the data and transmission for upcoming South
American events, such as 2014 World Cup Brazil and 2016 Olympics to
be held in Rio de Janeiro,” adds Luiz Mario Alonso, Director of
Engineering and Operations at GlobeNet who lead this upgrade.
GlobeNet’s international capacity serves Brazil, Bermuda, Colombia,
United States and Venezuela, offering a wide range of products and
services including International Private Line, Wavelength and
Carrier Ethernet. GlobeNet plans an additional network upgrade later
this year that will offer more than 1 Terabytes of total capacity.
For more information on GlobeNet, including its network map, please
GlobeNet provides international capacity services between North and
South America over a dual ring-protected, fiber optic submarine
cable system serving Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, U.S.A., and
Venezuela. The network spans more than 22,000 kilometers and offers
a network availability of 99.99%. GlobeNet with its headquarters in
Boca Raton, Florida and USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
Brazilian Oi (that acquired Brasil Telecom).
Domestic Routing and LNP Functionality of ALOE
Systems' MVTS II Maximizes Profit of the US Carriers.
ALOE Systems, a leading developer of carrier-grade softswitches,
enhanced routing functionality of its flagman solution, MVTS II, and
allows the US carriers to protect and increase their revenues.
During the past several years the amount of voice traffic and the
complexity of call routing have exponentially grown posing a serious
challenge to VoIP carriers. The US local carriers bear the main
weight of attack being obliged to comply with dozen of mandatory
regulations and optimize millions of translations in LCR tables.
Such optimization of domestic routing required an effective
switching tool. Such a tool was provided by ALOE Systems.
The North American routing functionality implemented in MVTS II
allows to distinguish between interstate and intrastate calls within
NA that are billed at different rates since in the US intrastate
calls are more expensive than interstate ones. MVTS II allows the
carrier to optimize LCR via drawing different routing algorithms for
each type of call thus enabling the fast and easy choice of the most
"MVTS II is the only way we can profitably sell US domestic
termination that is aggressively priced,” stated Jean Gottschalk,
President of Telecom North America Inc. “The
interstate/intrastate/indeterminate routing algorithms and LNP
querying feature allow a successful LCR that takes into account the
different rules imposed by each of many vendor regarding call
jurisdiction and OCN billing. The built in profit control features
reliably protect against "cherry picking" in real time and all the
time, which eases the workload on our fraud department."
Telecommunications Act of 1996 has made number portability a must
feature for the US carriers. By allowing subscribers to keep their
phone numbers when changing service providers, the regulatory bodies
provoked an unrestrained competition in the telecommunications
industry forcing service providers to offer enhanced services to
attract new customers. And wholesalers have come across additional
complexities on routing that requires a DB query on every call to
ensure accurate routing.
Built-in LNP functionality of MVTS II allows carriers to terminate
both mobile and fixed-line traffic to the provider’s network the
user is currently assigned to regardless of the number prefix. This
provides a significant reduction in termination costs due to lower
home-net termination prices offered by operators. MVTS II enables
high call processing speed which minimizes latency, optimizes
consumption of network resources and enhances the system's
“The ever growing complexities of the US domestic routing and the
mandated number portability have forced carriers to look for highly
efficient routing solutions that would bring them the necessary
network control to lead the market,” comments Konstantin Nikashov,
CEO of ALOE Systems, “We’re glad to provide them with MVTS II which
incorporates extremely flexible routing and LNP features thus
allowing to reduce termination costs, raise their income to the
maximum and optimize the overall network efficiency.”
About ALOE Systems
ALOE Systems develops industry-leading softswitches and session
border controllers that enable carriers and service providers to
manage VoIP traffic across their networks. ALOE Systems, Inc. is a
new identity of MERA Systems, an international telecom software
developer with 20+ years of software development expertise. As of
August 2010 MERA Systems was renamed “ALOE Systems”, the
abbreviation of “A loyalty to excellence” reflecting the company’s
field-proven expertise and technological leadership in development
of softswitch solutions for wholesale and retail operators. ALOE
Systems has 1,000+ customer deployments in 79 countries. ALOE
Systems’ innovations solve today’s challenges and lay the ground for
EASSY upgraded to 4.72Tbps.
The WIOCC announced that the design capacity of the Eastern Africa
Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has been increased to 4.72Tbps.
“This is based on the latest 40Gbps wavelength technology from
supplier Alcatel-Lucent, which enables 59 x 40Gbps to be configured
on each of EASSy’s two fibre-pairs,” WIOCC said in a statement.
“EASSy now represents more than 70 per cent of all the international
fibre-optic inventory on Africa’s east coast (the international
capacity of alternatives TEAMS and SEACOM being 1.2 and 0.6Tbps
respectively), and it still offers the only direct route between
eastern Africa and Europe – via the African coastline, the Red Sea
and the Mediterranean,” said WIOCC.
The EASSy Management Committee has also announced that EASSy’s
operational capacity will be more than doubled at the end of this
year, driven by faster-than-expected capacity uptake by shareholders
and other domestic and international telcos and ISPs.
TELEHOUSE America Reports All of
Its Data Centers in Japan Remain Operational.
TELEHOUSE data centers that are scheduled for planned power outages
will implement routine self-generating power procedures
All facilities have a minimum 24-hour fuel supply plus regularly
TELEHOUSE America (www.telehouse.com), the United States' leading
provider of dedicated data centers, international Internet
exchanges, and managed IT services, announces that all 21 TELEHOUSE
data centers located throughout Japan are operational without any
unplanned outages. The TELEHOUSE Sendai facility, located in the
most severely affected area of Japan, is also operational.
The earthquake and resulting tsunami, that occurred in the Pacific
Ocean near Northeastern Japan, caused damage to the power
infrastructure resulting in a major effort to conserve electrical
power throughout the country. Tohoku-Electric Power and Tokyo
Electric Power are implementing scheduled planned power outages. We
want to reassure our community that all TELEHOUSE facilities
affected by this 3-hour commercial energy conservation mandate will
implement routine self-generating power procedures. All facilities
have a minimum 24-hour fuel supply plus regularly scheduled
refueling (natural gas and/or diesel) and are expected to continue
TELEHOUSE America will continue providing up to the minute details
via its website, www.telehouse.com and the company’s Twitter feed,
www.twitter.com/telehouse. To support the relief efforts in Japan,
please visit the Red Cross at
Vodafone gets submarine cable
from Gulf Bridge.
A statement by GBI said its submarine cable system which will be
commissioned later this year will utilise the latest subsea fibre
cable technology. It will connect all the countries of the Gulf
region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe and
The launch of GBI’s cable system will provide telecom operators and
other communications companies, both in the region and globally,
with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience.
iBasis and Vodafone Qatar
Interconnect to Exchange International Voice Traffic.
iBasis, a KPN company, announced that Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C.
(Vodafone Qatar) has interconnected to the iBasis global network for
the exchange of international mobile phone calls. The move enables
Vodafone Qatar to cost-effectively keep pace with rapid growth and
provide customers with quality service, while enhancing iBasis’
ability to terminate calls to the Middle East region.
Established less than two years ago, Vodafone Qatar has in excess of
711,000 customers and carries more than 5 million minutes of
international calls each day, leading analysts at Wireless
Intelligence to forecast the operator’s market share to be 40
percent by 2012. Vodafone selected iBasis due to its service
quality, product capabilities, pricing, and its successful
relationships with the Vodafone Group and several other Vodafone
operating companies around the world.
Vodafone Qatar is taking advantage of iBasis Premium Voice, a
service that provides high-quality international calling, advanced
features and global reach through a single connection. Advanced
features include guaranteed transfer of CLI, support for
international voice traffic on roaming number ranges (MSRN) to all
mobile destinations, fax, ISDN data and ISUPv2. Vodafone Qatar joins
more than 250 mobile network operators (MNOs) that are
interconnected to iBasis for exchange of international voice and/or
“iBasis Premium Voice enables operators to deliver the highest
quality international service even as they rapidly expand – a
particularly important capability for Vodafone Qatar considering it
averaged more than 1,200 new customers per day last quarter,” said
Willem Offerhaus, CEO of iBasis. “iBasis and many Vodafone operating
companies have long enjoyed mutually beneficial partnerships. And as
MNOs seek cost-efficient ways to meet increased demand via new IP
interconnect models, such as the GSMA’s IPX, iBasis is ready to
provide the most effective, advanced solutions available.”
“We have achieved tremendous growth in a short period of time by
focusing on the quality and capacity of our network,” said Jenny
Howe, Director of Technology of Vodafone Qatar. “iBasis shares a
similar commitment and enjoys a proven reputation. Its global reach,
along with the features provided by its Premium Voice product and
competitive prices, enable us to cost-effectively adapt to future
capacity needs, while ensuring that the quality of our service
Vodafone Qatar’s network provides clear mobile communications
throughout the country. The operator has 100 percent 2G coverage
across all of Qatar, and has deployed the latest available 3G
technology, UMTS 2100 and 900, resulting in 3G coverage that serves
98 percent of the population.
For more information on iBasis Premium Voice, visit the company’s
international voice product portfolio at
http://www.ibasis.com/fixed-carriers/voice.aspx. iBasis also offers
a collection of advanced data services for MNOs through its Mobile
Matrix Portfolio, which provides GPRS roaming (GRX), mobile
signaling, SMS hubbing and other features. Additional information
can be found at http://www.ibasis.com/mobile-operators/index.aspx.
A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading wholesale carrier of
international long distance telephone calls and a provider of retail
prepaid calling services and enhanced services for mobile operators.
The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice termination
services, value-added messaging, signaling and roaming services for
many of the world’s largest fixed and mobile operators and VoBB
service providers. iBasis customers include KPN and its mobile
operators, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, and BASE, and many other large
telecommunications carriers such as Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile,
China Unicom, IDT, Qwest, Skype, TDC, Telecom Italia, and
Telefónica. The company can be reached at its worldwide headquarters
in Burlington, Mass., USA at +1 781-505-7500 or on the Internet at
Reliance Globalcom Selects Ciena
for 40G Ultra Long Haul Submarine Network.
Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, announced
that Reliance Globalcom, a leading global provider of managed
network services for multinational enterprises, carriers and
services providers, is deploying its market-leading coherent 40G
optical networking solution on a cable route that connects the
United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Egypt. Spanning more than 6,400
kilometers, the upgraded cable route will add 2.4 Terabits per
second (Tbps) of capacity on a crucial submarine route from Europe
to the Middle East that helps transport traffic between the Atlantic
crossing and Asia portions of Reliance Globalcom’s global submarine
Reliance Globalcom owns the world’s largest private undersea cable
system that spans a total of 65,000 kilometers. When combined with
the 190,000 kilometers of domestic fiber of its parent company,
Reliance Communications, the global network connects 40 key business
markets in India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United
States. This upgrade to 40G technology using Ciena’s ActivFlex 6500
Packet-Optical Platform with 40G ultra long haul interfaces is a
part of a strategy to significantly increase the submarine network
capacity without disrupting existing customer traffic or adding cost
and complexity to the network.
“Even in uncertain economic times, delivering services to a global
customer base of hundreds of service providers, thousands of
enterprises and millions of consumers requires an agile,
high-capacity network,” said Rory Cole, president and COO, Carrier &
ISP, of Reliance Globalcom. “By adding Ciena’s 40G technology at our
terminal stations, we increase our capacity by a factor of four with
a clear, in-service path to 100G without disrupting existing
customers, re-engineering our network or sending ships out to lay
more fiber. With this one simple step, we bolster the value and
extend the lifespan of our submarine network.”
Ciena's 40/100G technology – which includes coherent optics,
electronic dispersion compensation, and directionless and colorless
ROADM functionality – enables operators to maximize the reach,
capacity and flexibility of submarine networks with a focus on
ease-of-deployment, cost efficiency and network investment
protection. Ciena has further enhanced its industry-leading 40G/100G
technology to enable upgrades of ultra-long haul submarine networks.
Using innovative coherent receiver and dual polarization phase shift
key (DP PSK) modulation technology, submarine networks can be
seamlessly upgraded to 40G/100G with only the addition of new
terminal equipment, significantly extending the life of existing
“As the volume of global voice, video and data traffic increases
between consumers, enterprises and service providers, submarine
networks can be a potential bottleneck due to the time, expense and
environmental challenges associated with upgrading them,” said Mike
Aquino, senior vice president, global field operations at Ciena.
“This competitive win with one of the largest submarine network
operators in the world underscores the upgrade simplicity,
in-service scalability and time-to-market benefits of our
market-leading 40G/100G coherent technology.”
With more than 70 customer deployments to date, Ciena is leading the
industry with 40G/100G coherent solutions, which provide significant
CAPEX and OPEX benefits for both terrestrial and submarine
GTS Central Europe launches GTS
Media Line, a new solution for media distribution and
“The media industry is changing rapidly and new trends such as
digitalization, new digital formats including high definition video
and 3D, new production techniques and the growing popularity of
terrestrial broadband distribution are reflected in the development
of our new services,” said Milos Mastník, Vice President of
Marketing at GTS. “Due to new, increasing needs for the transmission
of high definition content, the media industry is being challenged
by a growing demand for high capacity, high quality data
transmission. HD content requires at least two times the bandwidth
for distribution as a standard TV program. Media stream quality,
high bandwidth flexibility and stability are the key benefits of our
new solution, and they are essential for the creation of quality
media. We noticed a significant move of media content from satellite
to terrestrial transmission. GTS Media Line is specially tailored to
meet media industry requirements in the rapidly approaching era of
GTS Media Line service is intended for use in variety of situations.
A typical application of the service is the provision of media
content transmission from contribution centers to broadcasters with
local, national and international reach. On the contribution level,
it can be used for the interconnection of production locales with
studios or production companies and the interconnection of TV
studios. Another application would be the connection of TV studios
with sports stadiums, concert halls or at other locations for
one-time, specific events.
The service is based on the Ethernet and incorporates the specific
requirements of the media industry both at the CPE and backbone
level. It uses media-standardized interfaces, supports a variety of
formats such as SD and HD, compressed or uncompressed, offers
flexible bandwidth options from 2Mbps to 10Gbps, optional loss-less
redundancy and a guaranteed Service Level Agreement. The operation
of GTS Media Line is supported by a professional team of GTS
engineers, available for consultation to create individualized
The GTS backbone network offers customers unrivalled capacity and
excellent geographical reach across the central European region
including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
In other countries, the GTS Media Line service is provided in
cooperation with selected GTS group partner operators.