BBWN Bites: Kentucky Lights Up One Third of State's Fiber Network
Also today, NBN Co. deploys Infinera's self-healing SDN solution to improve customer experience, Swisscom Broadcast's top IT guy to be next CEO, Algerian satellite provider chooses Hughes for expansion partnership and FCC makes staff changes in preparation for rural broadband auction.
After multiple delays, Kentucky moved closer to becoming home to the first US statewide high-speed broadband middle mile network when it lit the eastern portion of KentuckyWired on Friday. The 288-strand, fiber-only infrastructure ultimately should span 3,000 miles and all counties within the state, and is designed to connect all government, police, universities and community colleges when it's finished in 2020. Service providers can connect to the network, and mobile operators can use the fiber for mobile backhaul and 5G. State government expects the $1.5 billion investment to pay for itself through savings on Internet connections and by leasing half its fiber capacity. However, detractors say the network is behind schedule and about $100 million over budget. It launched five years ago with bipartisan support.
Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co. began integrating and deploying Infinera's Transcend software-defined networking solution across its 60,000-kilometer (about 37,382-mile), fiber-optic transit network. This allows NBN Co. to increase service availability to some of the country's remotest areas, improves network resilience and enhances customer experience, Chief Network Deployment Officer Kathrine Dyer said in a statement. These network enhancements are based on Infinera's 7300 multi-haul dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) platform and span multiple transport layer technologies, allowing the NBN network to self-heal and dynamically reroute traffic when faults occur.
Swisscom Broadcast said Dominik Müller, currently head of Network, IT & Operations, will become CEO on November 15, succeeding Jean-Paul de Weck, who is retiring in early 2020. De Weck led Swisscom Broadcast for 12 years and is credited with transforming the provider from a traditional broadcast business into a "full-spectrum solution provider of radio communication, video surveillance, event and media services," according to the company. Müller has been at Swisscom Broadband for more than a decade and part of the management board for the last four.
Spanning the State
By 2020, Kentucky expects to connect all government, police and higher-ed offices to its all-fiber network, and offer commercial operators the option to lease access to the infrastructure for their own offerings.
Algérie Telecom Satellite (ATS) chose Hughes Jupiter System to enable satellite broadband service for residential and SMB customers. The Algerian satellite provider needed an economical yet scalable solution to support its goal of expanding its Internet business and increasing connectivity across Africa's largest country, said ATS CEO Yassine Sellahi in a statement.
In preparation for upcoming rural-broadband funding, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently named Michael Janson Director of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force and Acting Assistant Chief of the Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA). Pai also said Chelsea Fallon, who previously headed the Task Force, will lead the implementation of the new Digital Opportunity Data Collection within the Data Division of OEA. Finally, Steve Rosenberg will serve as the Commission's acting Chief Data and Analytics Officer and acting Chief of OEA's Data Division, where implementation of the OPEN Data Government Act will be housed.
Changes at the Top
Dominik Müller (left), currently Swisscom Broadcast head of Network, IT & Operations, will become CEO in November, taking over from current CEO Jean-Paul de Weck, who will retire next year.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.