Ciena has supplied its 100Gbit/s gear to SSE Telecoms , the U.K.'s fourth-largest network asset owner with 11,100 kilometers of optical cable. The utility firm, which sells dark fiber and lit capacity on a wholesale basis, has boosted the connections between its data centers by upgrading its existing Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform deployments with the vendor's WaveLogic processors. Ciena now claims to have more than 120 customers worldwide for its 40/100Gbit/s interfaces. (See SSE Telecoms Lights 100G With Ciena.)
Equinix, the U.S. data-center services provider, is set to gain a 2,100 square meter capacity data center in Frankfurt and more than 400 network customers through the acquisition of ancotel . The German firm generated revenues of $21.4 million in 2011.
Irish optical burst specialist Intune Networks has appointed former Ciena executive Arthur Smith as its chief operating officer, reports Groupe Intellex. Smith left Ciena in July 2010 after more than 13 years at the vendor. Earlier this year, Intune added technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser to its board. (See Hermann Hauser Joins Intune's Board and Ciena Re-Organizes.)
UK Broadband Ltd. , a subsidiary of Hong Kong's PCCW Ltd. (NYSE: PCW; Hong Kong: 0008), has been showing off its LTE TDD network in London's Southwark district to interested parties, Light Reading Mobile's Michelle Donegan among them. The UK Broadband network achieved 41.10 Mbit/s on the downlink and 2.91 Mbit/s on the uplink, whupping the behind of Three UK 's 3G network, which managed only 2.94 Mbit/s on the downlink and 1.5 Mbit/s on the uplink. And the MPV Michelle got to ride in was simply top-notch. (See 4G: Live in London.)