Alcatel-Lucent and A1, the Austrian subsidiary of Telekom Austria AG, have together conducted a trial of G.fast, a new vectoring technology from AlcaLu's Bell Labs that can upgrade existing copper lines into broadband connections capable of delivering speeds of more than 1 Gbit/s. AlcaLu envisages G.fast being used for the last few meters in fiber-to-the-home/curb (FTTH/C) projects, doing away with the need to dig up roads and private property between local street cabinets and customer premises. (See Broadband Mix for Telekom Austria.)
Swedish transport infrastructure vendor Net Insight is having a busy week. Having named Fredrik Tumegård as its new CEO, Net Insight then announced a "significant order" from a sports-related broadcasting outfit, which will use the vendor's Nimbra platform for Carrier Ethernet transport.
Angola is hoping to position itself as a hub for telecom in Africa and, as part of this, network operator Angola Cables has been working with Epsilon Telecommunications to facilitate international connectivity across Europe. More than 60 percent of the Angolan population is less than 24 years old -- so we're talking Facebook action and more data-intensive applications a-go-go.
Telecom Italia Sparkle has expanded its Ethernet and MPLS services to two new European points of presence (POPs), Telecity 2 in London and the Equinix facility in Amsterdam.