News is a bit light for a Wednesday, so here’s some more catchup — this time from the vendors:
XKL (news) has introduced a new scalable optical transport system. The DarkStar DSM is aimed at providing DWDM solutions to enterprises that want to control their network infrastructure without spending what a carrier does. XKL says it doesn’t require optical engineering expertise, runs on less than 100 Watts per unit, and can be deployed in an hour or less. In a pinch, it can do the dishes too — ok, maybe not.
Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT, news, filings) added another BroadWorks customer. CSI Technology Outfitters is using the VoIP application platform to power its VoIP offering. CSI is offering cloud-based hosted voice, messaging, data, and E911 services to the K-12 education market. Lots of managed service providers are assembling the next generation of their products out of such pieces.
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) picked up substantial wireless backhaul contracts on either side of the Atlantic. KPN’s Belgian and German subsidiaries selected their gear to help upgrade their backhaul networks over the next three years, including 15K node links by the end of next year. And in the US, MetroPCS will be using Ericsson’s microwave backhaul gear to power its LTE efforts. The four year contract will see Ericsson as MetroPCS’s primary vendor.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) also won a big LTE deal. Latin American giant America Movil will be using their gear, including the lightRadio portfolio, across their footprint. The deal will start with the Claro subsidiary as it rolls out LTE. And last week, they added another 100G customer with Austrian mobile operator H3G, which is preparing for the mobile broadband tsunami.
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