SFP Series fiftieth Week News Abstract 8

2011-12-07 17:15:14

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New subsea cable will double capacity between UK and Ireland
The first European subsea cable to be laid in 11 years is on track for completion by the end of the year, thanks to a new funding round of $15 million.Sea Fibre Networks Ltd has secured a senior debt facility of $7.5 million from Investec Project and Infrastructure Finance, part of Investec Bank Plc. Additional equity was provided by a group of mainly US investors, including CC Equity LLC.Running between Anglesey and Dublin, the subsea cable will more than double the existing capacity between Ireland and the UK, and be over 100 km shorter than existing subsea cables, increasing data speed and reducing latency.Torsten Thiele, head of telecoms project finance at Investec, said, “We are delighted to have been able to provide this debt facility to Sea Fibre Networks in this pure project finance telecoms deal. In arranging financing, we brought our experience from other subsea telecoms deals that we have worked on, including in Africa.”Investec provided 50% of the debt that financed the construction of the SEACOM cable system.Diane Hodnett, CEO of Sea Fibre Networks, commented, “Having Investec as a partner in this funding round of $15 million raised has been instrumental in our ability to commission the first European subsea cable laid in 11 years. In its role as MLA [mandated lead arranger], Investec was able to smooth what could have been a challenging process, meaning that we are on track to complete the subsea lay in December 2011.”
Fujitsu Labs, Furukawa Electric develop optical interconnect technology
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. say they have developed optical interconnect technology for the high-speed, large-bandwidth internal data transmissions that will be needed for the next generation of high-performance servers.Ongoing improvements to CPU performance and the trend towards server virtualization are driving an increase in the volume of data exchanged between CPUs and memory chips. Accordingly, interconnects capable of handling several terabits per second of input/output signal-bandwidth capacity will become necessary.Simply increasing the number of copper lines leads to problems of waveform degradation and signal interference. Optical fiber, on the other hand, can supply high speed, large bandwidth, and the right transmission distance. But the limited space inside servers has made it difficult to accommodate a large number of fiber-optic lines in this application.Now Fujitsu Laboratories and Furukawa Electric say they have developed high-bandwidth optical interconnect technology that overcomes these space constraints. The use of highly flexible optical fibers, along with high-density optical connectors, enables capacity to be increased from the existing figure of 500 lanes to 2,000 lanes. At the same time, the speed per lane can be increased from 10 Gbps to 25 Gbps, resulting in a ten-fold increase in capacity overall – a total interconnect capacity of 50 Tbps.These technologies were used to build a prototype optical midplane (the substrate connecting different boards) with optical fiber lines packaged densely together. The two companies aim to commercialize the technology within the next few years.
KPN seeks control of Reggefiber to strengthen FTTH hand
Dutch national operator KPN says it has reached agreement with Reggeborgh, its partner in the Reggefiber fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network and services joint venture since 2008, to acquire several service provision arms of Reggefiber and Reggeborgh itself. It also says it has agreed with Reggeborgh on an amendment of the joint venture that would provide KPN with what it called “a clear roadmap toward ultimate control for KPN.”The moves are part of a larger strategy designed to enable KPN to capture more than 45% of the Dutch broadband services market by 2015. The carrier plans to use both FTTH and VDSL to reach these subscribers.The sublimation of Reggefiber will occur in stages. First, KPN says it has agreed to terms for the acquisition of service providers Edutel, XMS, and Concepts ICT from Reggeborgh and Lijbrandt from Reggefiber. The acquisition will bring approximately 110,000 customers, all of whom currently receive service over Reggefiber’s FTTH network. KPN also has reached an agreement to buy Reggefiber Wholesale, which it will meld with its own wholesale operations.The price KPN plans to pay for these assets was not disclosed. The transactions would require the approval of NMa, the Dutch competition authority. If approved, Reggefiber would be left to focus exclusively on deployment and open access operation of its FTTH network. At the end of September of this year, the network passed 844,000 homes, of which 687,000 were receiving services.Meanwhile, KPN has its eyes on increasing its current 41% stake in the joint venture. The original agreement with Reggeborgh had given KPN the right to grow its holdings in the venture if certain roll out milestones were met. That agreement has been reworked, KPN says, so that it can attain as much as 60% ownership in two phases:In the first, KPN can exercise a call/put option for an additional 10% of the shares when Reggefiber reaches 1 million homes connected or the end of next year, whichever comes first. KPN would pay 99 million euros for the additional shares.Subsequently, KPN could exercise a call/put option for another 9% of the shares when homes connected reach 1.5 million or January 1, 2014, again whichever occurs first. The exercise price is expected to range between 116 million and 161 million euros, depending on Reggefiber’s capex efficiency. Completion of this second option likely would require NMa approval as well.Reggeborgh, meanwhile, can sell the remaining 40% of shares 3.5 years after KPM exercises its second option, over a period of 1.5 years for 647 million euros, or after seven years at “fair value.”“Today’s announcement forms an integral part of our wireline strategy,” said Eelco Blok, CEO of KPN. “KPN believes that FTTH is an important long-term technology and provides regional strength in the medium-term. We see good results in the fiber areas with increasing broadband and TV market shares and we will continue to roll-out FTTH in promising areas via the Reggefiber joint-venture.”
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