I'm back in the USA again, trying to catch up a bit despite the jet lag. Here's a quick look at some vendor news over the last few days:
Alcatel-Lucent won a 100G upgrade contract with the global network exchange Epsilon. They're providing both 100G coherent technology and IP routing gear to power the upgrade, which will enable Epsilon to both keep up with capacity requirements and to improve the flexibility with which it manages that capacity in interconnecting the 500 carriers it serves.
Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) and Nissho Electronics have demonstrated transport SDN and packet technology on the DTN-X. The demo took place at the Japanese system integrator's Nissho Labs facility in Tokyo and combined Ethernet packet aggregation, VLAN switching, and MPLS psuedowires over 500G OTN super-channels. The Transport SDN was handled by an Infinera prototype switch running on the DTN-X and working in conjunction with an external SDN controller and applications, provisioning bandwidth services on demand via OpenFlow.
Hudson Fiber Networks is leveraging SDN technology from Vello Systems, putting together what it bills as one of the first SDN deployments on major financial routes. HFN specializes in the low latency, high performance bandwidth required by the financial vertical, which is also obviously interested in adding the promised capabilities of automatic configuration and providioning made by SDN proponents to the mix.
MRV this morning enhanced its OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet 2.0 portfolio. They've enhanced their OptiSwitch series to support precise timing and synchronization aimed at the needs of wireless backhaul.
And late last week Huawei and KPN introduced their second-generation 100G technology upgrade. Spread across 1,700km of KPN's pan-European network, the solution features upgraded soft-decision forward error correction and uses oDSP modules aimed at 400G later on. That means a transmission distance of 4,000km and a 30% higher transmission performance. Huawei may not have cracked the US market, but they definitely have a piece of Europe.
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