Tuesday Bytes: COMLINK, PEG, EvoSwitch, Ericsson

January 27th, 2015 by · 3 Comments

I'm at Metro Connect this week, so if you are there feel free to look me up!  In the meantime, here's a quick look at some news from this morning:

The Midwest is getting some new regional 100G action this winter. COMLINK is putting Transmode's DWDM gear to work to power its first managed 100G services across Michigan and the surrounding states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Transmode delivered, installed, and commissioned the new equipment in just a month and before the end of 2014 to meet the needs of COMLINK's anchor customer. They're running the 100G as an alien wavelength over an existing 10G ROADM network.

PEG Bandwidth said this morning that it has activated backhaul to its 2000th cell site. Given that their very first site in Dallas came online less than four years ago, that's quite an impressive ramp! They've got hundreds more in the pipeline as you might imagine.

Over in Amsterdam, Evoswitch says it has been awarded Gold Partner Status by AMS-IX for the second year running. AMS-IX has seen an uptick in new customers coming from its partners, and EvoSwitch is perhaps one of the best placed for that sort of thing. Both EvoSwitch and AMS-IX have established footholds in the USA in the past two years. EvoSwitch built out a new data center in northern Virginia, while AMS-IX has unveiled exchanges in New York, Silicon Valley, and Chicago.

And Ericsson has released its Q4 earnings report, to mixed responses.  They saw unexpectedly poor sales to North American network operators but a pretty strong surge in demand from European network operators, suggesting increasing health in the internet infrastructure business across the Atlantic.  The big guys in North America are working on acquisitions at the moment with capex on nextgen projects winding down.  Of course, consolidation in Europe isn't exactly quiet either, but they're buying more gear and services.

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  • mhammett says:

    I think Ericsson fumbled the Sprint build-out, so they were dropped like a hot rock.

    • Anonymous says:

      Didn’t they just basically employee-lease Sprint’s people and contractors? never understood the model, myself.

      • mhammett says:

        Well, there’s that (which a lot of carriers internationally are doing, per Rob’s articles), but Ericsson was also one of three (with AlcaLu and Samsung) of the NV phase one build out. Ericsson was replaced by NSN for phase two.

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