Int’l Roundup: TI Sparkle, MainOne, SEACOM, Ooredoo

November 18th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

I’m still on the road this week at GEN15, but will be back in the saddle tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of some news from the International front that’s worth a look:

TI Sparkle is expanding its global IP backbone into the Caucasus region. They’re adding a new Seabone PoP in Tbilisi, Georgia, with a little help from the Turkish provider Turkcell Superonline and from Georgia’s Silknet. The new PoP will be connected back to the rest of their infrastructure via diverse terrestrial routes to both Istanbul and Frankfurt.

MainOne has upgraded its submarine cable system with gear from Xtera. The West African provider has added 100G wavelengths to the route connecting Nigeria and Ghana with Portugal, responding to growing network traffic to and from the region. Xtera’s NuWave OptimaTM solution brings MainOne’s theoretical capacity above 10Tbps.

SEACOM says it has deployed Infinera’s TM-Series on its African terrestrial WDM networks. The new packet-optical gear will give SEACOM 100Gbps reach in their South African and East African metro networks, as well as in their regional East African footprint. SEACOM was already an Infinera customer for the flagship DTN-X, and this seems to represent an interesting revenue synergy from their purchase of Transmode over the summer. XON helped SEACOM deploy the new gear.

And Ooredoo Group nas picked Ericsson’s solutions to power its wireless network. The EMEA carrier has signed on for a 5 year frame agreement covering 2G, 3G, and 4G and core networking solutions as well as the vendor’s software solutions. Ooredoo will be using Ericsson’s technology to help improve network performance across their network.

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