Here's a quick rundown on some news from the vendor side of things spanning four continents:
Arista has fired off a new legal volley at Cisco. The new anti-trust counterclaim says that Cisco's CLI was effectively an open standard and that Cisco's reclaiming of it harmed the industry to protect its dominant position. It's probably no coincidence that the move comes the day before a ruling is due to come down on Cisco's charges of patent infringement in which Cisco hopes the judge will stop Arista from shipping its products to the US. I think maybe these guys don't like each other... but it's just a hunch.
Albany-based Integra Optics has expanded its reach to a new continent. The optical vendor has launched a new production facility down in São Paulo, Brazil, replicating its North American business model in South America. They are looking to better serve network expansions in the region, where investment is growing despite the troubles of the broader economy. Brazil's networks will again be tested this year by the sports world, with the Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro.
ADVA Optical Networking was also active south of the equator this morning. The city of Cape Town down in South Africa is using their gear in a 400G metro network trial. Cape Town's existing non-profit WDM infrastructure spans 100km, on which the two demonstrated 200Gbps, 300Gbps, and 400Gps, with the 300Gbps case using DP-8QAM.
And Infinera revealed yet another deployment of the gear it added to its portfolio with the Transmode acquisition. With the help of Fiberdata AB, the Swedish provider Norrsken has deployed the metro 100G solution across its regional network in central and northern Sweden. Norrsken is a new one for me, and I have added their network map link to my European collection.
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