Vendor Roundup: Calix, Infinera, Padtec, CTERA, Cisco

March 18th, 2015 by · 1 Comment

Vendors have been busy around the world this week, here’s a quick look at several items of interest:

Calix has won a a nice GPON network contract in the Andes. Ecuador’s Puntonet is deploying its E7 ESAPs and other gear in Quito and beyond as it expands its fiber deployments. They had been using EPON and currently serve some 37,000 subscribers, but will be moving over to the more reliable GPON technology. FIS Soluciones helped set things up.

Infinera and Belgium-based BICS have completed a trial of big bandwidth over some new fiber. They teamed up to test QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM over OFS Terawave large area/low loss fiber. With 8QAM in particular they were able to go from 2,200km on existing fiber demonstrated in the Far East a couple months ago with Telstra to 7,400km on the new LA/LL fiber. That would give it transatlantic reach, promising a significant capacity boost to future such cable systems.  Terrestrial applications could also shake up the economics of networks if the new fiber sees significant deployment.

Brazil’s Padtec isn’t yet a familiar name to many in the DWDM business, but they picked up a significant regional deal this week. Their OTN transponders and ROADMs are now lighting some 13,000km of UFINET’s fiber network, which connects Central American markets from southern Mexico through Colombia.  Central American fiber has long been an overlooked market.

And Deutsche Telekom revealed two vendors helping power additions to its cloud portfolio in the past couple days. They have launched a cloud-based data backup and cloud storage offering powered by CTERA Networks’ platform, which will keep all data in Germany to satisfy legal and security requirements. Meanwhile, DT is adding some new Cisco-powered IaaS services aimed at the SMB based on their ongoing Intercloud collaboration. That includes redundent nodes in Magdeburg and Bier.



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