The start of the year has been a bit murky when it comes to telecommunications equipment vendors, with two pre-announcements from Acme Packet and Juniper citing spending delays by North American carriers. But there are bright spots too of course, here are a few nice contracts announced this week:
Adva Optical Networking (ETR:ADV, news) had some news in a warmer climate yesterday, with the announcement that Hawaii’s Wavecom Solutions has deployed their FSP 3000 throughout the region. The DWDM upgrade brings 10Gbps network coverage to five islands via a combination of subsea and terrestrial fiber. Wavecom is another fiber operator that has somehow evaded my maps collection until now – a situation that has now been corrected.
Rural ILEC Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) is upgrading its fiber infrastructure in eastern Pennsylvania. They’ll be leveraging the ATN metro solution of Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) to simplify and scale operations across 640 fiber route miles in the region. The upgrade has apparently improved the efficiency of Frontier’s operations enough to enable them to turn up a new network across 14 locations in three days. For Infinera, we’re all waiting for their DTN-X launch sometime in the first half – probably early summer if things go well. The company’s Q4 results were already expected to be negatively affected by the Thailand floods, but hopefully there won’t be anything more than that when they report in a few weeks.
Canada’s Urban Communications has picked mrv to supply an end-to-end optical Ethernet solution to increase the capacity of their fiber network. Urban serves the metro markets of Vancouver and Victoria out on the west coast with some 200km route miles of fiber. Haven’t found a map to link to for them yet though.
And Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT, news, filings) also picked up an interesting contract, but overseas. Israel’s Bezeq has launched a hosted UC service based on their BroadWorks platform. Bezeq has already been using Broadworks for hosted PBX, and has now expanded the relationship to additional services. BroadSoft had a good year in 2011, hopefully it continued right through New Year’s.