Euronews: Ciena Lands 100G Deal in UK

Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) and Intune Networks start the Euronews ball rolling on what is not only Thursday but World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Parteeeee!

  • 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.)

  • AlcaLu has settled its patent infringement case with Klausner Technologies Inc. , the intellectual property company that has had numerous legal run-ins over its "visual voicemail" patents. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Avaya Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) have all faced Klausner in court at one time or another. (See AlcaLu Settles Patent Infringement Case, Klausner Sues Cisco, Avaya and VZ, Klausner Settle Spat.)

  • 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.)

  • Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY)'s legal eagles have asked a Dublin court to direct the examiner -- the court-appointed official who acts in Irish bankruptcy-type cases -- to look again at its bid for debt-laden eir , reports Reuters. Hutchison already runs mobile operator 3 Ireland . (See Lenders to Lean on Eircom.)

  • First-quarter earnings at Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT) were down 56.5 percent year-on-year to €56 million (US$71 million), despite operating revenues being up 97 percent. This Reuters article has further details. (See Euronews: Testing Times for Portugal Telecom and Glimmers of Hope for PT.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:32:45 PM
    re: Euronews: Ciena Lands 100G Deal in UK

    Ciena having 120+ customers for 100 gigs knocked my socks off. Any idea if Ciena is the leader for 100 gig networking? And if not, then who's No. 1?

    adcunha 12/5/2012 | 5:32:45 PM
    re: Euronews: Ciena Lands 100G Deal in UK

    Just a point of clarification.  The 120 customers mentioned in this article is a combined count of Ciena 40G/100G customers, and came from this paragraph in the release:

    Ciena has to date shipped over 14,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces to more than 120 customers across the globe, with nearly  13 million coherent kilometres deployed worldwide.

    With that said, we believe those numbers lead the industry based on the information we have.



    digits 12/5/2012 | 5:32:44 PM
    re: Euronews: Ciena Lands 100G Deal in UK

    Yikes.... I read that a bit fast. I have made a change in the article to reflect that the 120 customers is for 40G as well as 100G. My apologies.

    SO, the question now is, how many have deployed 100G interfaces?


    adcunha 12/5/2012 | 5:32:43 PM
    re: Euronews: Ciena Lands 100G Deal in UK

    As of now we haven't provided a separate number publicly on 100G count...though our list of publicly announced 100G customers is growing rapidly.

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