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News recap: ISP Joytel expands using dark fiber

In telecom news, Joytel plans to expand its service in Florida markets using dark fiber from Allied Fiber, while Huawei looks to thrive in the wake of Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent deal.

This week in telecom news, ISP Joytel plans to expand its service in Florida markets using Allied Fiber's dark fiber. This will enable the ISP to offer higher bandwidth and better pricing to users. Meanwhile, China's Huawei, the leading telecom equipment vendor, is unfazed by Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and plans to capitalize on the benefits.

AT&T is the latest telecom provider to sign an interconnection agreement with Level 3 Communications to support growing high-bandwidth traffic.

Joytel chooses Allied Fiber's dark fiber to expand service

As a result of a recent agreement with Allied Fiber, Florida-based Internet service provider Joytel plans to expand service and offer higher bandwidth and better pricing using Allied's dark fiber. The partnership now allows Joytel to support connectivity speeds of up to 600 Mbps, up from an estimated 100 mbps previously. Joytel will use Allied's dark fiber for mobile backhaul for broadband wireless and fiber-based broadband services it offers in smaller Florida markets.

Allied Fiber is currently one of few network operators that offer dark fiber, a more economical option for Joytel to upgrade its connectivity speed.

"I've been looking for this product for the past 10 years," Joytel CEO Mark Marques said in a statement. "Allied Fiber is a game changer in terms of the economics in the telecom industry."

Allied Fiber also allows operators to tap into the network at any point along its new route from Miami to Atlanta. Splice points are available every 5,000 feet, Allied said. Service providers can also collocate in Allied's network regeneration sites every 60 miles.

Allied is also seeing interest in using dark fiber from content providers looking to distribute content from network points closer to end users, according to Allied Fiber CEO Hunter Newby.

Huawei looks to thrive following Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent deal

Despite Nokia's plan to acquire Alcatel-Lucent and become the second-largest wireless vendor behind Ericsson, China's Huawei Technologies, the leading telecom equipment vendor, plans to keep growing in Europe. Huawei's rotating Chief Executive Guo Ping said last week that the Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent merger will spur investment and competition.

Guo said the merger provides an opportunity for Huawei to expand its own network gear business as more people use smartphones, and as more objects are connected to the web and machines are linked to each other via the Internet.

Guo dismissed the idea that being excluded from the U.S. market due to cybersecurity concerns will hurt Huawei's global growth. Huawei plans to be a prominent player in Europe's race to head the next generation of mobile broadband technology and recently announced plans to build a new research facility in Brussels.

Level 3, AT&T pact to improve user experience

Level 3 Communications and AT&T signed a joint IP interconnection network agreement designed to improve the efficiency of traffic exchanged between their networks. "Adding network capacity from Level 3 will enable [AT&T] to provide necessary speeds to support the access of bandwidth-hungry traffic from Netflix and other over-the-top sources," Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president of marketing and global strategy for AT&T Business Solutions, said in a statement.

AT&T is the latest telecom provider to form a partnership with Level 3. Level 3 signed a similar agreement with Verizon last month.

Internet transit provider Cogent Communications also signed an interconnection agreement with Verizon earlier this month, enabling both to add capacity and establish new interconnection locations between their networks.

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