Equipment Roundup: Orckit, BTI, Calix, Infinera

April 30th, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Here are several small equipment deals lately that caught my eye:

Mexican provider MetroNet is claiming to have turned up the first 10GbE MPLS metro ring in Mexico, using Orckit-Corrigent gear.  I am just beginning to learn a bit about the Mexican market.  With the 40GbE and 100GbE standards about to come out, I was a bit surprised to hear that until now Ethernet services were so limited south of the border.  I wonder how long before they turn up a 40GbE ring.

Cameron Communications has selected BTI Systems packet optical gear to upgrade and extend its Texas and Louisiana markets.  The triple play provider will use the BTI 7000 Series to deploy a high-capacity, 10Gbps and switched Ethernet service infrastructure and collapse existing SONET OC-48 infrastructure onto the same fiber pair from a single platform.  BTI Systems has been seeing some success with providers such as this, enabling economical bandwidth delivery in under-served and rural communities.

Calix has been chosen to supply gear for three separate stimulus derived contracts in North Dakota.  Reservation Telephone Cooperative, BEK Communications, and Dakota Central Telecommunications will be using a selection of gear to offer broadband and voice to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Burleigh County, and the Streeter and Gackle exchanges, respectively.  I’m not sure why Calix won a clean sweep up on the high plains, but I’m sure they aren’t complaining.

And finally, ESNet has selected Infinera’s DTNs for a network testbed.  The project is backed by a $62M grant, and will offer optical virtual private networks (OVPNs) for use by scientific researchers in the academic world and government research institutes.  I’m still trying to get my head around what exactly an OVPN is and what the advantages may be, but that’s the point of a testbed I guess.

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