Thursday, March 5, 2009

Huawei Marine to Build Tunisia-Italy Submarine Cable

Huawei Marine Networks has been awarded a turnkey contract signed by Tunisie Telecom in Tunisia for the supply of a submarine cable system called "HANNIBAL System" project linking Tunisia and Italy.

The "HANNIBAL System" will stretch about 170km and connect Kelibia, Tunisia and Mazara, Italy across the Mediterranean Sea, with a maximum capacity of 3.2 Tbps. On its completion at the end of 2009, the "HANNIBAL System" will supply a capacity of 10 Gbps x 80 wavelengths per fiber pair, with the potential of being upgraded to 40 Gbps .

Telia Raises the Price for Fixed Telephony Subscriptions

Telia will raise the price of the "Telia Bas" telephony subscription from SEK 125 to SEK 145 per month (SEK 132, excl. VAT, for Telia business subscriptions).

The price of the "Telia Bas" subscription, which is regulated by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, has not been raised since 2001. On February 12, the infrastructure company, Skanova, announced to its carrier customers that it will increase the price of access to the copper network.

Skanova claims its price increase is a result of the ongoing shift in technology and rising costs per connection .

NTT DOCOMO to Raise 60 Billion Yen in 4-year Bonds

NTT DOCOMO is issuing 60 billion yen of 4-year domestic straight corporate bonds. The lead underwriter is Daiwa Securities.

BT Launches iVPN Service in 172 Countries

BT announced the launch of its BT Intelligent Virtual Private Network (iVPN) service in 172 countries. The rollout was made possible by BT's investment in its 21st Century Network (21CN) global platform. 21CN is BT's global, software driven customer network platform that introduces a new, simpler portfolio of next generation services.

BT's iVPN builds on the MPLS VPN service delivery with local language support and by providing site-to-site SLAs across regions for BT's global customers.

BT is combining iVPN with other services, such as Internet based access, application optimization, voice management, video conferencing, unified communications, data centers, call centers, security and mobility.

Arbor Photonics Raises Venture Funding for Optical Fiber Tech.

Arbor Photonics, a start-up based in Ann Arbor, Michigan has raised Series A financing from The Wolverine Venture Fund, part of the University of Michigan's Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Arbor Photonics has developed a scalable optical fiber technology that enables high-power fiber lasers to be used in a variety of new materials-processing applications in the automotive, electronics and aerospace industries while offering a lower-cost replacement to existing bulky laser systems. The company's proprietary fiber platform technology expands the limits of single-mode laser performance to hundreds of watts of average pulsed power and multi-kilowatts of continuous wave optical power. The technology was originated in the University of Michigan's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

This second investment from the University of Michigan was made possible by the Frankel Investment Fund, a student-managed venture capital seed fund at the University's Ross School of Business. With the Frankel Fund's original investment in 2007, the Zell Lurie Institute's Wolverine Venture Fund was granted investment rights in future rounds.