Eurobites: Dante Demos Terabit Super-Channel

Also in today's regional roundup: EC won't let Google off the hook; Nokia Networks adds to its news pile; the Amazon Fire smartphone heads to Europe; Eircom boasts broadband milestone; and more.

  • Dante (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe), which operates the high-speed pan-European research and education backbone network Géant, has demonstrated a single-card 1Tbit/s super-channel on a stretch of its network between Budapest, Hungary and Bratislava, Slovakia. The demonstration, using Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) technology, showed that the network can achieve "a terabit of super-channel coherent capacity from a single line card with a single fiber connector" using a single photonic integrated circuit. For more, see this news release from Dante's longtime vendor partner Infinera. (See Euronews: Infinera & Dante Claim World Record.)

  • After further complaints from rivals, the European Commission is seeking further concessions from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) in order to settle a four-year antitrust investigation into the Internet giant's search and advertising business, and, according to The Guardian, the EC could even go further and open a separate probe into Google's Android operating system.

  • The Amazon Fire smartphone is coming to Germany, through Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and the UK, through Telefónica Europe plc (O2) , on Sept. 30, and, as this Bloomberg article notes, the device is either almost free (Germany) or is given away for no cost (UK) when taken as part of a monthly data package valued at more than US$50. Was this the best time to be announcing these launches? Just before Apple has its mega-news event? Debatable.

  • Nokia Networks has continued with its portfolio update run of news announcements with the launch of two new customer experience management (CEM)-related services – CEM Office and Preventive Complaint Analysis. The vendor also says that Telenor Denmark has cut the average length of "network-related customer care calls from 11 to 8 minutes" thanks to the deployment of Nokia's Reporting Suite for Customer Care, part of its Nokia Performance Manager offering. For more details, see this CEM announcement and this press release about Telenor Denmark. Nokia Networks has made a string of announcements during the past week, leading up to the Super Mobility Week event in Las Vegas. (See Nokia Jumps Into 4G Small Cell Mosh Pit, Nokia's NFV Strategy Starts With VoLTE , Nokia, Intel Open Apps Innovation Hub and Nokia Networks Boasts CEM Advance.)

  • Irish national operator eir says 1 million homes and businesses in Ireland (almost half of the country's total) are now able to access its so-called "superfast fibre broadband" service, which offers downstream speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s. For more details, see this announcement. The operator has been investing in VDSL2 with vectoring in order to boost its fixed broadband speeds. (See Eurobites: Eircom Joins Vectoring Club and Vectoring: Some Va-Va-Voom for VDSL.)

  • With the giant IBC show about to open its doors in Amsterdam, there is a flood of video hardware and software news. Here are two from today that caught our eye: Albanian operator ALBtelecom is to use Amino Communications Ltd. set-top boxes for its IPTV launch; and video processing platform specialist Appear TV has won a deal with Nordic operator TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) to provide "encoding and multiscreen transcoding to upgrade all of its live linear broadcast, including the YouSee cable service, OTT and multiscreen offerings."

  • German service provider IT vendor Orga Systems has appointed 42-year-old Roland Kirch as its new CFO.

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  • rgrutza600 9/9/2014 | 3:32:30 PM
    Nice Feature
    FlexCoherent - Simplifying operational processes 
    Featuring FlexCoherent, a dedicated Infinera technology for next-generation optical transmission systems, the demonstration showed that multiple FlexCoherent modulation formats could be software-selected using a single line card, unlike competing solutions which often require different line cards for different modulation formats. In particular, this trial showcased a number of new modulation technologies including PM-3QAM, PM-8QAM and PM-16QAM. This choice allows an operator to precisely optimize capacity and reach on the fiber, for example selecting 8QAM which increases fiber capacity by 1.5 times over QPSK while providing 3 times the reach versus 16QAM.

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