Here are a few quick takes on news from equipment vendors around the world this monday morning:
Swedish-based Ericsson picked up a key global networking contract renewal from the other side of the planet. Telstra's next generation network will continue to be powered by Ericsson, with Ciena's packet-optical platforms helping out under that strategic partnership they signed. The upgrade plans include SDN and NFV of course, as everyone's must these days. Ericsson also won a managed services contract back in Europe, picking up a 5 year deal to maintain the infrastructure of DT's Croation foray, Hrvatski Telekom.
Juniper Networks has a new multinational enterprise to work with. The shoes and athletic-wear giant Nike is building a global network and cloud infrastructure, which will be built off of Juniper's Metafabric. The two will be co-creating the new cloud and working on future developments as well.
ADTRAN has been working on juicing up vectoring, and on Friday they announced Frequency Division Vectoring. The idea is to build on both G.fast and VDSL2 to double speeds and add reach for speeds between 100Mbps and 1Gbps. I always thought that 1Gbps would be fiber only, but coax and copper are both pushing up there somehow.
And Huawei is doing some FTTH heavy lifting to the north. Rostelecom will be cooperating with the Chinese vendor on Floor Distribution Boxes as it aims for 13M FTTH customers by the end of next year. Russia's FTTH problem is one of sparsity, at least outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg. I guess the KGB-trained Putin isn't too worried about Chinese spying, haha.