Here's a quick look at some news from around the industry from the start of the week:
GTT has become the latest network operator to roll out a managed SD-WAN service. They are leveraging VeloCloud's cloud-powered SD-WNA technology to power the new offering, which they will take to the enterprise and cloud networking marketplace. GTT is also busy this spring integrating the transport assets of Hibernia Networks into the fold.
MRV has picked up another regional network operator customer for its optical transport gear. BTC Broadband will be using their metro solution as part of a strategic WDM network they are building out in the Tulsa, Oklahoma metro area. MRV's LSO software is also playing a role in automating the network, which will now be able to grow to 100G capacities over time.
Equinix says it has become an Advanced Technology Partner with Amazon's AWS. Since the beginning of last year, they report that connections to AWS from the Equinix Cloud Exchange are up by more than 250%, which is a heck of a surge. Over the last few months, they've expanded availability in Chicago, London, and Munich, making 14 markets in all now.
And Nokia has been working with Elisa on a field test of XGS-PON. The two have completed the first trial of a 10-G broadband access network in Finland, bringing 'ultra broadband' closer to reality in the Nordic nation. With more than 50% of Finnish households having 100Mbps or greater, another factor of 100 should be enough keep them busy for a while once the technology makes it into widespread deployments.