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The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, announced the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa cable. The branches will extend 2Africa’s connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, and bring a new landing to south-east Nigeria. The new branches join the recently announced extension to the Canary Islands.

Read more: New Branches for the 2Africa Submarine Cable

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how crucial it is to have stable and high-speed internet access. In the thick of social distancing, broadband connections allow people to work remotely, do e-learning, access health care services, and perform ordinary household activities such as ordering food or groceries.

Read more: The Future of Broadband: Fiber and Wireless Combined

Google is collaborating with Sparkle and others to build and operate two submarine cable systems linking the Middle East with southern Europe and Asia: the Blue Submarine Cable System connecting Italy, France, Greece, and Israel; and the Raman Submarine Cable System connecting Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman and India. Google's Blue-Raman cable system will consist of two portions.

Read more: Google Connecting Middle East with Two Submarine Cables

To help meet the growing need for more data flow and online content between the US and Europe, Lumen Technologies significantly increases its network capacity across the Atlantic Ocean by adding a new on-net route via Google’s Dunant subsea cable system. This route runs between Richmond, Virginia and Paris, France.

Read more: Lumen Expands Subsea Fiber Route between US, France

Infinera tells us that Sparkle selected Infinera’s ICE6 800G-capable coherent technology to enhance its new Mediterranean and European Optical Backbone, Nibble. Deploying Infinera’s ICE6 solution will enable Sparkle to launch new 400 GbE services over its existing infrastructure while boosting its network capacity by up to 54%, as demonstrated in a recent trial on two of Sparkle’s major routes in Italy.

Read more: Sparkle Boosts Its Nibble Mediterranean and European Optical Backbone

Rogers Communications has selected Ribbon’s optical networking solution to upgrade its transport network. Rogers is one of the first tier-one North American service providers to leverage DWDM 400G ZR+ technology, which supports multiple 400 Gigabits-per-second (400G) connections for increased capacity across its national footprint.

Read more: Ribbon’s Optical Solutions Selected by Canada’s Rogers Communications

DZS will be a key partner in supporting Consolidated Communications, Inc.’s (CCI’s) gigabit fiber network expansion initiative which extends to over 70% of its service area nationwide. This five-year expansion already underway, which includes utilization of the latest enhancements to the DZS Velocity broadband access portfolio and DZS Helix edge access solutions. CCI will pass over 1.6 million homes and business, including 27,000 locations supported by the Rural Digital Opportunities Fund (RDOF). Moreover, these locations are targeted for symmetrical, multi-gigabit capable services enabled by XGS-PON technology, making this initiative one of the most advanced, large scale and high-performance network buildouts of 10 gigabits per second (10 Gbps) capable broadband access technology in North America.

Read more: DZS Joins with Consolidated Communications in Initiative to Bring Gigabit Fiber Network to 1.6M...

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