Here are a few interesting news bytes from the vendors from the early part of this week:
Integra Optics has announced a joint venture with the California-based fiberoptic research outfit TiOptics. The new unit will be called Integra R&D and will boost the company's R&D capabiites while adding a new portfolio of HFC products. On their table now will be "turbo" solutions for single wavelength 100G/400G in the 500m-100km distance ranges within smaller chipsets. Last year Integra Optics expanded with a satellite manufacturing plant in Brazil, looking to establish themselves in South America's growing networking market with a local presence.
Cisco has picked up a contract down in Mexico. AFOSA, which specializes in professional products for agriculture and forestry, will be using Cisco's collaboration solutions in an effort to upgrade their communications capabilities. They'll be using Cisco's BE6000, Jabber, DX650, and VG222 as well as a selection of IP phones. I'm guessing Donald Trump didn't help negotiate the deal, haha.
Ericsson unveiled a new router this morning, adding to the company's subscriber management portfolio. It's a distributed services gateway aimed at bringing the service activation point closer to subscribers, among other things. Ericsson also allied with Cisco late last year across a range of technologies, so they've got a lot of tools in the toolbox right now.
And GENBAND says that the cloud communications solution provider NetFortris will be using their Omni technology to power its UC solution. By blending WebRTC and Container technologies in a nextgen client interface, they hope to reduce the cost and complexity of managing enterprise UC deployments.