Palau connects using submarine cable, better performance than satellite

NEC has announced that they have completed the Palau Spur cable which connects to the main SEA-US cable. (BSCC and NEC announce the completion of a new submarine cable linking the Republic of Palau.) BSCC is the Palau Government’s corporation formed to own and manage the submarine cable link. NEC installed a branching unit and…

South Atlantic submarine cable links USA and India

An agreement between Seaborn Networks and IOX Cable will see a new cable route established between the USA and India. (Seaborn Networks and IOX Cable Ltd to Provide First Subsea Route Between U.S. and India via Brazil and South Africa) This relies on the SABR cable that will link Brazil and South Africa, ready for…

Quintillion completes Alaskan subsea cable

Quintillion has announced it has completed the first phase of its cable between Japan and the UK. The finished segment runs from Prudhoe Bay to Nome, as well as the overland segment from Prudhoe to Fairbanks, following the Dalton Highway (of Ice Road Truckers fame). These Alaskan sections bring coastal communities onto terrestrial internet links.…

Seaborn sharpens SABR to link with South Africa

Seaborn Networks, the folks that linked Brazil and the USA together using the Seabras-1 cable are quietly busy. In one of the most low-key launches of a new route, you can’t find much more than a twitter post. Seaborn announces new route SABR https://t.co/knvcuxfBjJ Cape Town/São Paulo/ NYC faster, more reliable, next-gen subsea data connectivity https://t.co/lzeQk3Fgt4…

What is MPLS?

Read CoherentLight articles on: MPLS What is MPLS? MPLS is an IP-based Layer 3 networking technology developed in the late 1990s. It replaced Frame-Relay and ATM based Layer 2 networks prevalent at the time. MPLS stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching, and uses a tag attached to the packet by the network service provider to indicate…

BBR improves Google Cloud Platform performance

Google has developed a new TCP congestion control mechanism. This has now been applied to the Google Compute Platform, having previously been added to YouTube and Google.com. This BBR (Bandwidth Bottleneck and Round-Trip Propagation Time) mechanism overcomes some of the challenges with other mechanisms. Google sees the challenges as being twofold, occurring in shallow buffered…

Mellanox launches Spectrum2 switch for 400Gb/s future

Mellanox has launched a new ethernet switch chipset family. Spectrum 2 is an open switch platform with capabilities of 200Gb/s and 400Gb/s per port. As well as high-speed, Mellanox are also proclaiming it’s green credentials with 1.3x power efficiency. Scalability of 10x over other vendors is also mentioned. Targeted at hyperscale data centres, high performance…