Friday Roundup: Fairpoint, Ericsson, Champion One, Ciena

February 20th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

TGIF, and a really cold one here in the Northeast.  Here’s a quick look at some news, a new data center and three interesting bits from vendors:

Fairpoint is building out some new infrastructure up in northern New England. They’ve announced plans to open a new data center in Manchester, New Hampshire, their second in the state after opening one in Laconia last summer. They also finally came to terms with the unions yesterday, after a strike lasting four months that had its ugly moments. Perhaps when the snow melts, FairPoint’s long winter will also be over.

Ericsson followed up yesterday’s PR blitz with some inorganic news today. The Swedish-based multinational is acquiring Canada’s TimelessMIND, bolting on some additional consulting and system integration OSS/BSS capabilities. Along with approximately 30 people who will make the transition and bolster their North American presence, Ericsson gets a cloud-based intranet enterprise solution and a rapid software assembly platform.

Champion ONE has launched a new set of optical transcievers. The 100G CFP2 hot-pluggable tranceivers join their existing portfolio, promising the same data rate for significantly less power consumption and double the port density.

And Ciena has run a successful 400Gbps field trial with KVH out in the Far East. It’s the first such trial in Japan, traversing KVH’s fiber network between Tokyo and Osaka. They used two sets of 200Gbps coherent optical transponders wpowered by Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 processors across 660km of fiber with no signal regeneration and alongside existing 100G traffic.  KVH is in the process of merging with it’s Fidelity-owned European cousin, Colt.

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