— Pa.-based United Fiber & Data (UFD) plans to build a new fiber-optic network that will offer a redundant, low-latency path from New York City and its surrounding areas to Ashburn, Va., connecting destinations for Internet peering and high-bandwidth networking. Breaking ground last Friday, the company’s high-capacity network will deliver a suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions, providing customers with a DWDM network capable of delivering services as fast as 100 Gbps. The UFD network will interconnect with many key data-center, carrier-interconnect and financial-trading locations along the way.

— The IEEE 802.22 Working Group published the IEEE 802.22.2-2012 recommended practice for installation and deployment of the IEEE 802.22-2011 standard on Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs) along with the IEEE 802.22.1-2010 standard. Each WRAN delivers 22 Mbps to 29 Mbps typically over 10 kilometer-to-30 kilometer radius, depending upon the country of deployment, without interfering with reception of existing TV stations. The tome — Recommended Practice for Information Technology – Telecommunications and Information Exchange Between Systems Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN) – Specific Requirements – Part 22.2: Installation and Deployment of IEEE 802.22 Systems — is the first IEEE 802 standard for operation in TV white spaces; it’s also the first IEEE standard focusing on broadband connectivity in rural areas, where most vacant TV channels are found.

Firetide Inc. designed and installed what it says is the world’s first permanent outdoor wireless-mesh networking facility dedicated to the R&D and testing of new mobile infrastructures. The Firetide Mobility Test Track (FMTT) includes a wireless mesh network operating as a high-speed backhaul network; it consists of 22 Firetide HotPort 7020 wireless mesh nodes mounted on 11 existing street light poles located 200 meters apart from each other. The FMTT is part of a partnership between California State University/Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and Firetide in which the university granted Firetide the rights to deploy the FMTT on university land. In return, Firetide provides the university’s Computer Science and Information Technology students access to the wireless test track to conduct research and to test projects like general mobility for free roaming vehicles like police cars, buses and emergency response vehicles; mobile link redundancy testing; intramesh and intermesh mobility testing; and antenna-qualification testing.

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