India’s Reliance Globalcom upgraded its FNAL backhaul network in the Asia region with next-gen optical-transport technology from Ciena Corporation. Deployment of Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors better boosts the operator’s ability to offer 40 Gb/s OTN-based wavelengths across FNAL subsea segments, and between its Taipei and Seoul points of presence. Reliance says it now can offer bandwidth speeds ranging from 1 Gb/s to 40 Gb/s, with an option for 2.5 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s between its PoP locations…Telefónica tapped Alcatel-Lucent to enhance its IP networks, initially in Argentina and in the Czech Republic, with the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS); the operator reportedly is one of the first to use this core router…Cable & Wireless Communication‘s (CWC) Caribbean division, LIME, is using the FusionTV solution from Hybrid-TV and connected-home solutions provider Entone Inc. to power what LIME says is the world’s first premium pay-TV service delivered over the Internet. By connecting an Entone Hybrid TV device to a broadband network, LIME subscribers can access more than 130 channels and can stream on-demand services via a seamless user interface…NetCracker is on a tear, deploying its FiberOP FTTH BSS/OSS solution to Canada’s Bell Aliant, its converged billing/customer-care solution to Israel’s Yes satellite-TV provider and its TOMS (Telecom Operations and Management Solution) software with Canada’s Videotron telecom operator.

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