Telecom/Electric

Meet the World’s Fastest and Most Powerful Temporary Fiber-Optic Network

Most high-speed, high-bandwidth networks consist of fiber optic cable that is permanently installed in protective walls, ceilings and flooring, or buried underground in thick, waterproof conduits. But building the world’s fastest and most powerful temporary network from the ground up each year for t..

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Interactive Map Highlighting Global Installations

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has released an interactive map providing a geographic breakdown of more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world.  The data reflects the largest representative sample ever published. Key insights include: ..

Vermont Town Proposes Joint Venture Purchase of Telecom Utility

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington officials have directed the two buyers vying for the city’s Burlington Telecom utility to figure out a joint venture proposal. The Burlington Free Press reports Councilor Ali Dieng proposed the joint venture Monday night after the two votes to decide a final buyer ..

Companies to Build First Subsea Fiber-Optic Route Between U.S. and India

Seaborn Networks and IOX Cable Ltd have entered into a joint-provisioning agreement to provide the first next-generation subsea fiber-optic route between the U.S and India that will interconnect in South Africa and Brazil. Once completed, the project will connect Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1, a subs..

Campaign Against Fort Collins Internet Plan Spends $451000

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show opponents of a proposal to let the city of Fort Collins set up its own high-speed internet system have spent more than $451,000 to fight the plan. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Saturday the spending was paid for in part by a $175,000 d..

C Spire Launches Ultra-Fast 1 Gbps Internet Access Initiative for Mississippi Businesses

As a part of the company’s Tech Movement initiative, C Spire today announced it will hold two upcoming meetings in Tupelo, Mississippi to discuss ways to make affordable, ultra-fast broadband Internet access widely available to consumers and businesses across the state. More than 1,300 local busine..

Report: Global Underground Utility Locator Market to Reach $11 Billion by 2025

According to a new report published by Global Market Estimates, the underground utility locator market is expected to reach $11.21 Billion by 2025, due to the following: Increasing spending on infrastructure development and residential & non-residential construction activities Oil & gas pipeline..

Report: Global Smart Water Network Market to Grow Through 2021

According to a new report from Technavio, the global smart water network market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 15% between 2017-2021, due to the following emerging market trends: Demand for clean water Impact of urbanization Depletion of freshwater resources Demand for clean water..

Company to Build Optical Submarine Cable Connecting Japan, U.S. and Philippines

NTT Communications Corporation, as part of a consortium comprising SoftBank, Facebook, Amazon, PLDT and PCCW Global, has signed an agreement to participate in the construction and maintenance of the JUPITER large-capacity low-latency optical submarine cable between Asia and the United States. The J..

Fiber Optic Installation Completed in Nebraska

Great Plains Communications has completed a seven-mile fiber optic cable build to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park near Orchard, Nebraska. The 360-acre park is home to numerous skeletons of prehistoric animals – including rhinos, camels, three-toed horses and birds – preserved in the area w..

Lead Protection Plan Now Available for All U.S. Plumbing Companies

Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC (PRT), makers of the ePIPE, Lead-Free Leak-Free™ and LeadSmart® product lines, is celebrating National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week with the launch of its LeadSmart Lead Protection Plan for all nationwide plumbing companies and home inspectors to help ease Americ..

Dr. Peter J. Winzer Honored for Advancements in Fiber Optic Technology

The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society today announced that Peter J. Winzer of Nokia Bell Labs, USA, is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award. The award, one of the top honors in the fiber optics community, will be presented at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and ..

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs Launch End-To-End Aerial Pipeline Inspection Solution for Utilities

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs have launched an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is..

Water Technology Program Honored

The Hamilton Mill’s Pipeline H2O program was recognized on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the 2017 Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) Annual Excellence Awards program in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Economic Development Association’s Annual Excellence Awards program acknowledges the achievements of indi..

International Plastic Pipe Conference Extends Deadline for Papers

The organizers of the International Plastic Pipe Conference and Exhibition have announced a two-week extension of the deadline for the submission of abstracts to Nov. 15, 2017. “We have already received some major proposals for presentations and are particularly interested to receive case reference..

Frontier Communications to Help Bridge California's Digital Divide

Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and Frontier Communications have joined together to expand broadband Internet services to digitally unserved and underserved areas in California. Representative Ruiz serves on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and has ..

11-Year-Old Honored for Lead Detection Invention

3M and Discovery Education have named 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao from Lone Tree, Colo. the winner of the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Gitanjali is working to develop Tethys, a sensor-based device that can detect lead in water faster than other current techniques. ..

Arctic Fiber Optic System Provides High-Speed Broadband

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s portion of an international fiber optic system that will eventually link London and Tokyo via the Arctic has been completed, meaning northern Alaska communities are a step closer to having a new broadband option. Crews aboard a submarine installed the last segment ..

New Online Marketplace for Trenchless Pipe and Sewer Repairs Launched

ShopTRENCHLESS.com, LLC today announced the launch of its website targeting residential and commercial plumbing contractors and suppliers, as well as utility contractors and municipalities’ maintenance divisions. shopTRENCHLESS.com is an online marketplace empowering the industry to source the next ..

Oracle Utilities, Navigant Research Unveil Dual Innovation Blueprint Study for Utilities

Oracle Utilities today unveiled a new research paper, titled ‘Utility Innovation Blueprint: How to Manage the Challenge of Dual Transformation,’ which explores how utilities can approach innovation across their people, processes and technology. Commissioned from Navigant Research, the paper comb..

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and Water Research Foundation Announce Integration into One Organization

The Boards of Directors for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) have voted unanimously to integrate the two organizations into one research foundation. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the new organization will be led by a single Board of Directors comp..

Bentley Systems Completes Rollout of Comprehensive Modeling Environment for Infrastructure

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, has completed its CONNECT Edition application portfolio for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modeling of infrastructure. The CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment supports aligned digital workflows across applications for all proje..

Utility to Use Southern Linc LTE Network for Electric Distribution Data Services

Southern Linc, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has entered into an agreement with Dalton Utilities to transmit distribution data via the new “CriticalLinc” mission critical LTE network. The multi-year deal will enable eleven substations in the Dalton, Georgia area to use Southern Linc’s missio..

WaterStart Begins Accepting Grant Proposals

Nevada-based incubator, WaterStart, has started accepting proposals from companies around the world with timely, collaborative and unique applications on how their technologies can help its members advance development and management in various areas related to water. With support from both its memb..

Nokia and WOW! Deploy Industry's First Virtualized Distributed Access Architecture

Nokia and WOW! today announced the cable industry’s first commercial virtualized Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) deployment designed to significantly increase the capacity of WOW!’s existing Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial network and help meet exploding bandwidth demands of subscribers. Traditional Hy..

In Allo’s Rapid Digging, Lincoln Encounters Growing Pains

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Allo’s massive digging operation has unearthed a series of public safety and business challenges in Lincoln as its crews hustle to provide high-speed internet citywide. Predictably, contractors installing Allo’s fiber-optic cable have been the main contributors to a surge in th..

Microsoft to Help Expand Rural Broadband in 6 States

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft announced Thursday it is teaming up with communities in six states to to invest in technology and related jobs in rural and smaller metropolitan areas. Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program Thursday in Fargo, a metropolitan area of more than 200,00..

Report: North America's Pumps and Valves Services Market to Increase Through 2021

Technavio has released a new report, Pumps and Valves Services Market in North America 2017-2021, which shows the pumps and valves services market in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% during the forecast period. Key findings include: The growth of the end-user industries a..

Peak 10 + ViaWest Data Center Chosen as US Point of Presence for Subsea Cable to New Zealand and Australia

Peak 10 + ViaWest today announced that its Brookwood data center in Hillsboro, Ore. was selected by Hawaiki Submarine Cable as its US point of presence. The cable will stretch more than 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean and will be the first carrier-neutral, low-latency, fiber optic connection betw..

Utilities Oppose Expanded Use of 6-GHz Spectrum Band

Expanded use of mid-band spectrum by new wireless broadband services could interfere with critical utility networks used for the reliable operation of the nation’s electricity grid, the Utilities Technology Council told the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. The FCC is inquiring whether it ..