AlcaLu has landed a three-year deal to supply GPON network and customer premises equipment to Finnish service provider SSP Yhtiöt Oy, part of the national Finnet International Ltd. group that comprises 28 local network operators. The deployment supports the Finnish government's national plan to hook up 98 percent of its geographically dispersed population with at least 100Mbit/s fixed broadband by 2015.
Meanwhile, Ericsson's number-crunchers have predicted that global mobile broadband subscriptions could total one billion by the end of 2011, with the Asia/Pacific region, at 400 million, accounting for the lion's share of the growth. (See Ericsson: 1B Mobile Broadband Subs in 2011.)
Interoute has extended its Fast Trade high-speed financial network with the addition of links to the Borsa Italiana in Milan and the Equinix International Business Exchange in Amsterdam. The network guarantees round-trip delay times between 28 European countries.