Network Communications News (NCN) May 2017 - Page 6

INDUSTRY NEWS Prysmian signs $300m optical cable supply agreement with Verizon Communications Prysmian Group has been awarded a significant supply agreement from Verizon Communications to support the company’s US network expansion around a next-generation fibre platform that will speed the deployment of 5G services, while improving 4G LTE and other broadband capacity. The three-year contract is worth approximately $300m and will include the supplying of more than 17 million fibre kilometres of ribbon and loose tube cables. Hakan Ozmen, chief executive of Prysmian Group North America, said: ‘As a recognised global leading producer of optical cables, supporting the most advanced infrastructure of many of the world’s telecom operators, Prysmian Group is proud to have been chosen by Verizon as partner for the development of such a strategic project.’ In a joint statement, Prysmian and Verizon said they both feel strongly that demand and supply for the next-generation passive optical network (NGPON2) will last well beyond 2020 as new technologies like 5G and the IoT become reality. Viju Menon, Verizon’s chief supply chain officer, added: ‘Prysmian Group’s telecom division is an established optical cable and connectivity solutions provider to Verizon. This strategic supply agreement helps ensure we can ramp supply in order to expand our network capacity and speed 5G deployment.’ For further information visit: France-IX hits milestone of 10 100Gbps ports delivered France-IX, the premier Internet Peering Service Provider in France, has announced that it delivered its tenth 100Gbps port last month. Franck Simon, France-IX’s president, said: ‘We are very pleased and proud to have reached the important milestone of 10 100Gbps ports so rapidly after its launch. ‘This milestone highlights not only the dynamism of the interconnection market in France, but also France-IX’s maturity level, allowing an effective community aggregation and the development of new services. ‘From major carriers to content networks, we are helping our members to meet ever growing demand from an online content-hungry public and to expand their capacity in line with future traffic needs without being afraid of reaching saturation point.’ The first members to sign up for the 100Gbps service were OVH for France-IX Paris and Reliance Jio for France-IX Marseille. A variety of leading Internet networks have chosen to increase their France- IX peering capacity via 100Gbps por ts including French carriers (Bouygues Telecom), high growth international carriers (Reliance Jio), public cloud providers (Amazon, Microsoft), content delivery networks (Limelight), content and hosting ser vice providers (OVH, Online, Yahoo), as well as video game developer and digital distribution companies (Valve). Mr Simon added: ‘At France-IX, we focus on how to provide our members with what they need to meet the demands of their customers, from capacity to optimal connectivity and market based prices.’ For further information visit: 6 | May 2017