I'm back home in NJ from having a great time at the Telecom Exchange LA event this week, but I came in on the red-eye so I'm still catching up. In that vein, here's some quick takes on news from around the world:
Aqua Comms has revealed a new partnership with Megaport this morning. The arrangement will allow elastic interconnection with the AEConnect transatlantic cable system. Megaport has spent the last year expanding its reach both in North America and Europe, while AEConnect just finished off its transatlantic buildout earlier this year.
TE SubCom and Ciena are joining forces in a new approach to the submarine cable business. They have allied to combine TE Subcom's underwater technology with Ciena's coherent optical platform into a single package. The two have worked together in the past of course, and the combination of technologies is something already seen in practice. Now there's just a single point of contact.
PCCW has plans for an East-African expansion, and as a first step has eyes on Djibouti. They've selected the Djibouti Data Center as their key node for expansion in the region, coming in over the AAE-1 cable system when it goes live early next year. They plan to use their presence in DDC to hook up to other cables such as EIG, EASSy, Aden-Djibouti, and Ethiopia-Djibouti.
And Ericsson and SK Telecom have been busy in South Korea trialing the latest in mobile technology. Specifically, they've revealed a successful 5G multi-vehicular trial. Working with BMW at the automaker's test track in Yeongjong-do, engineers demonstrated gigabit throughput to and between connected cars with millisecond latencies at 100kph. Of course, doing that on the NJ Turnpike is a different matter, but one step at a time.