GTS Central Europe, which owns and operates an extensive fiber network spanning the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region, has upgraded to 100G with the help of Ciena. After a trial period, GTS went with Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors to provide 100G capacity along its high-traffic routes in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.
The convoluted saga of who owns what at operator Turkcell has taken another turn, with a British court ruling that Turkish conglomerate Cukurova Group must pay $1.57 billion to recover its stake in Turkcell, a stake that was seized by Russian group Altimo after Cukurova defaulted on a loan repayment. The full, mind-bending details can be found in this Reuters report.
Gilat Satcom Ltd. has supplemented its satellite data services coverage of Africa with an MPLS transport network that connects the continent's east and west coasts and also offers international connectivity via the WACS and EASSy subsea cables. The company is also considering building some data centers targeting, among others, oil and gas firms operating in the region.
The CBI, a U.K. business lobby group, has called on the British government to, in a nutshell, pull its finger out on the rollout of "super-fast" broadband. In its "Let's Get Digital" report (not to be confused with this Olivia Newton-John paean to posing pouches), it calls on the country's politicians to "set aside the carping" so that they can "map out digital plans together for the next decade and beyond." (See Euronews: UK Fiber Funding in Disarray.)