This week has seen quite a bit of contract news from the vendors large and small beyond the Nokia/ALU mega deal, here’s a quick survey:
Calix has been selected for an FTTH project up in rural Minnesota. The RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Communications have partnered on a project spanning 10 cities and 17 townships in south central Minnesota using the vendor’s systems and software. Lots of municipal or hybrid approaches to gigabit broadband like this are springing up outside the easy targets chosen by the big guys, whether Verizon or Google, and Calix seems to do well with that sort of customer.
BTI Systems also won the favor of a small carrier this week. Michigan’s CTS Telecom has upgraded its network to packet-optical with BTI’s Carrier Ethernet solutions, replacing a legacy Wave 7 PON infrastructure. CTS serves business, education, and government customers in the western part of the state, but especially in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
Brazil’s Globo is taking to the air with Cisco gear. The broadcaster is using content management and virtualization technology from Cisco’s Videoscape as well as a suite of other Cisco gear to take its content to its customers in Brazil and elsewhere. Globo expects to improve its agility in dealing with all of the video content they have to process and deliver.
NetFortris has picked GENBAND’s Smart Office to power its cloud UC systems via a strategic partnership. They will be deploying all new customers on the GENBAND platform, and helping to migrate its existing customers as well..
And also on the unified communications front, OneCloud is shifting its hosted PBX and UC services onto BroadSoft’s BroadCloud platform. They had already been using BroadSoft’s software, which should make the transition easier. The move will give them a greater geographical reach, additional features, faster time-to-market, and full customer lifecycle support.
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