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TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review

December 01, 2012

TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review

By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

This week was busy as always for the dark fiber sector. Curiously, there was a mixture of good and bad news regarding industry performance.

First up, Infonetics released its quarterly report on the fiber optic equipment market, noting that global sales declined 7.4 percent to $3.1 billion during Q3. The weakest region identified in the report was North America, which actually declined 19.6 percent during the period.

However, this is somewhat good news as the decline seems to have slowed down compared to the first half of 2012. Meanwhile, the forecast for Q4 remains hopeful as it is typically much stronger due to holiday consumer spending.

Next, ACMA, an organization that operates one of the largest dedicated marine fleets in the world, selected Sea Fiber Networks to help maintain and repair 60 of the largest sub-sea telecom, power, oil and gas organizations. SFN will also oversee the newly developed and upgraded ACMA website.

“As one of the newest entrants to the sub-sea community, ACMA was delighted with the selection of Sea Fiber Networks to preside over this innovative development," said Alasdair Wilkie, chairman, ACMA. SFN was selected from among 60+ specialized sub-sea operators.

A new report funded by FTTH Council Europe suggests that connecting every home in the EU with fiber would cost €261 billion. As it is, the current rate of fiber optic rollout is estimated to take almost a century to complete at its current pace and funding.

The study went on to note that the current rate of telecoms investment into fiber sits is €3 billion. Some have noted, though, that the switchover could take only 25 years with the right regulations and telecom funding.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Zayo Group has extended its fiber network to more than 10,000 buildings in 45 states, and seven countries around the world. The company says that customer-driven network expansion has played a vital role in this growth.

Glenn Russo, executive VP at Zayo, said, “With over 10,000 connected buildings, Zayo’s network is one of the most expansive fiber networks in the U.S. and Europe. This reach allows us to deliver comprehensive solutions for our customers and provides a foundation to economically expand to many more locations over time.”

Lastly, Fiberhub selected Noction Intelligent Routing Platform as its new network management solution. Noction IRP automatically finds the shortest path to a destination, while also finding out if other paths are congested. This way, the solution acts as a sophisticated route advisor.

"Deploying the Noction IRP platform has made a tremendous difference in the workload necessary to keep our network performance at the high levels our customers expect," said Rob Tyree, VP of Fiberhub. "Instead of making constant adjustments to our BGP routing configuration as was necessary in the past, our technicians now have a single tool they can rely upon for network performance monitoring and automated adjustments."

That's all for this week in review. Check out the Dark Fiber Channel for more news in this sector.

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