According to LightReading, Infinera has come out on top at Vodafone UK. Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) has been doing very well with European carriers this year, from the big guys to the small ones. Off the top of my head there is DT, Interoute, Colt, Tiscali, and Teliasonera - I'm sure there are more. Vodafone would of course be a nice addition to that customer list. Now all they need is for all these customers to start buying lots of gear to handle all that traffic we all believe is coming eventually.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) announced that Korean provider SK Telecom has selected its packet optical gear for a mobile backhaul network, including the 1850 Transport Service Switch. We should probably see this move in light of SK Telecom's earlier move this year to buy its affiliate SK Networks, at which time the company said that backhaul costs were some 71% of total network expenses. This deal with Alcatel is apparently stage 2 in the campaign to get those costs under control.
And finally, network quality assurance specialist Empirix has won a nice deal with Cox Communications. Cox will use its Hammer XMS/S7 to improve the management of its IP networks.