Here's a quick look at news from around the world that's worth checking out:
Telia Carrier added some new depth to the east of its Scandinavian home turf. The international network arm of the Swedish giant has added two new PoPs in St. Petersburg to its global backbone. They can now offer wavelength, Ethernet, and of course IP transit out of the Miran and Selectel data centers in the Russian city. Telia has been gaining ground in the global backbone world and has been adding depth at a steady pace.
Another network operator that has been in a long term global expansion mode is Hurricane Electric. This week HE added a new PoP in the northern Italian city of Milan, specifically in the Enter Srl data center at Via Caldera 21 Building D2. It's their second PoP in Milan, and their third overall in Italy.
Last week Colt put some more Ciena gear into its infrastructure. They've deployed the vendor's 6500 packet-optical platform as part of an upgrade of the operator's data center interconnection footprint. Colt has been shifting resources into nextgen networking across a variety of fronts lately from optical to SDN/NFV.
Sparkle has picked up MEF 100G Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for EPL and EVPL services. Iometrix performed the testing and certification process on Sparkle's Mediterranean and Balkan network, which spans 9,500km and 20 cities and is largely built off of Infinera gear. In particular, they used a dedicated virtual network between PoPs in Catania, Italy and Athens, Greece. Sparkles says it is the first to achieve such certification on a submarine cable system.
And Verizon Enterprise Solutions has tapped Ericsson to add NFV capabilities to its network. Verizon will use the technology to help with its virtualized managed network services, including SD-WAN. Ericson will be supplying dynamic orchestration, service assurance, VNF onboarding, and testing, among other services.