Mo. Operator Taps Swedish Vendor For Metro Upgrade
SpringNet, a metro service provider and division of City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., upgraded its optical network by deploying a next-gen network based on Transmode’s TM-Series platform that includes ROADM-based, 40-channel flexible optical-networking technology. The upgraded network carries a mix of OC-12, OC-48, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet and 10GbE traffic. SpringNet offers metro-Ethernet services in the Springfield metro area over its own 428-route-mile optical network. The operator says the upgrade project moved quickly from initial vendor selection through an open tender in September 2012 to a live network by the end of November 2012.
 
Island Operator Ramps Up IP Video Offerings
Caribbean cableco Columbus International Inc., operating as “Flow,” will use SeaWell Networks Inc.’s Spectrum Multiscreen 2.0 session-delivery-control solution to help deliver its hybrid IP video services that will include TV Everywhere and IP Video on Demand to more than 450,000 customers across any IP-connected device. Columbus also will use Spectrum for user data and analytics, for quality control and to re-encrypt content to play on any device. SeaWell is known for video-monetization products, and Columbus may have some pay-TV ideas in the works.
 
AT&T Bulks Up Wireless Markets
AT&T is paying $780 million in cash for Atlantic Tele-Network Inc.’s U.S. retail wireless operations, which operate under the Alltel brand. The sale includes licenses, network assets, retail stores and some 585,000 subscribers. Alltel subs reside in primarily rural areas in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North and South Carolina and Ohio. In related AT&T news, the former Ma Bell is turning up its network solutions for global companies looking to expand operations in China by delivering such enhanced network capabilities as VPN and unified communications to improve communications between China, the United States and the rest of the world.
 
Calif. Gov’t Cableco Upgrades Switchers
According to FOR-A Corporation of America, its HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switchers and HVS-300HS HD/SD portable video switcher are being used in five of the nine sites run by the Sacramento (Calif.) Metropolitan Cable Television Commission. Sacramento Metro Cable broadcasts local government meetings for more than 20 agencies on Metro Cable 14, and the operator says it chose FOR-A switchers because of their price and feature-rich design.

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