Tuesday Roundup: Infinera, Ciena, Windstream, AMS-IX, Level 3

February 24th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick roundup of some news from the first part of this week:

Infinera won a pan-European DWDM deal for its flagship DTN-X gear this morning.  Russian-based RETN is deploying those 500Gbps superchannels on 30,000km of fiber across 26 countries, including their recently completed trans-Baltic route.  RETN had been using Infinera’s earlier PIC technology, so the upgrade won’t be a terribly large change.

CenturyLink and Ciena have been busy breaking a few speed limits down in Florida.  The two successfully delivered 1Tbps superchannels on a portion of CenturyLink’s Florida fiber footprint, built off of Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 16QAM coherent optics.  They used five 200Gbps wavelengths, closely packed together, doubling the existing theoretical capacity.

Windstream says is expanding its managed WiFi solution to E-Rate customers.  It’s not as if they didn’t want to before of course, it’s more that the FCC has expanded E-Rate to include this sort of thing.  Until now, most of Windstream’s managed Wi-Fi has been sold to hotels and such.  Yet it certainly makes plenty of sense in the education vertical.

AMS-IX has expanded the reach of its budding Chicago internet exchange.  They’ve added a PoP at CoreSite’s CH1 data center, complementing the presence at CME’s 350 E. Cermak data center they established in October.  More are surely on the way, although hopefully not all half a year apart.  It’s the second expansion into CoreSite locations in recent months, having done the same thing out in their San Francisco market.

And we got a bit more detail about Level 3’s Colombian undersea plans, which I last heard about just under a year ago.  According to an FCC filing made on Friday, they’ve to add an extension to SAC-1, in particular a new branch to a cable station in Buenaventura on Colombia’s Pacific coast near Cali.  That happens to be what I guessed their rather vague PR meant at the time, not that it was a big stretch.  They’ll be bringing 400Gbps ashore initially, with 4.5Tbps of theoretical capacity.

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