Thanksgiving Roundup: Jazztel, Broadview, Level 3

November 27th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Before USA readers go off for the holiday weekend, here's a little 400G, a trip to the dentist, and of course bandwidth to a volcano.

The Spanish operator Jazztel is upgrading their network. They're using Huawei's 400G core router to build up their IP backbone, lowering the cost per bit, adding flexibility, and saving energy. The bandwidth appetite coming from the Spanish FTTH market is driving demand and requiring better core infrastructure. Meanwhile, Huawei has to be having more fun now that they're the ones in the articles that *aren't* about spying.

Broadview Networks picked up a niche contract in the dental vertical. Their integrated cloud-based solutions will be upgrading Yakima's David R. Brown DDS dental practice's infrastructure.  It's a small deal of course, but perhaps representative of Broadview's recent focus.  We don't hear much from Broadview these days, but they're still out there and like a few others have been looking to the CLEC-cloud services jump to turn around the revenue decline from legacy services. Broadview still seems like an eventual consolidation target to me, though nothing seems to have moved on that front lately.

And Level 3 revealed a rather unusual network project this week. They're providing bandwidth and other communications services to the monitoring station at the base of the Peteroa Volcano in Argentina's Mendoza province on the border with Chile. The station keeps an eye on the 13,000 foot active volcano. They didn't say what exactly was deployed, but given the rugged terrain and the under-40-day installation I'm guessing microwave.

Categories: Cloud Computing · Fiber Networks · Telecom Equipment

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