Welcome to your weekly edition of Gigabites. Today, Amazon drives a truck through data transfer speed records, Altice commits to fiber rollouts throughout its US footprint, Telefónica picks Nokia for 10-gigabit trials and more.
Amazon Web Services Inc. announced the new Snowmobile service at the company's re:Invent 2016 conference. According to AWS, users can move 100PB of data "in as little as a few weeks, plus transfer time." The company notes that the same transfer "could take more than 20 years to accomplish over a direct connect line with a 1Gbps connection."
The purpose of Snowmobile is naturally to transfer large amounts of data to AWS infrastructure. At that point, customers can take advantage of Amazon's substantial storage capacity and cloud computing resources to make their data accessible around the world and perform actions like data analysis and disaster recovery implementations. Far from dismissing the importance of digital infrastructure, AWS is using Snowmobile to supplement telecommunications networks, marrying physical and virtual logistics in a way that only Amazon can.
Altice says it will avoid additional spending by "[reinvesting] efficiency savings to support the buildout." According to SNL Kagan analyst Jeff Heynen, who spoke to Multichannel News, Altice is in an enviable position because much of its US footprint is already fiber-rich, and because the company has a lot of aerial plant, which will allow it to avoid expensive trenching activity. Altice also claims to have developed proprietary technology for its fiber rollout, which the company could be hoping will be more cost-effective than other next-generation FTTH technologies already emerging.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading