Here's a quick look at some news from around the world this week:
Down under, Vocus says it has enhanced its wholesale NBN capabilities. They have added IPoE to their NBN Ethernet Bitstream equivalent service alongside PPPoE, better serving retail service providers who don't do ADSL. Meanwhile, Vocus is going to give the private equity group KKR a look at its books. The company's stock has been suffering lately, and KKR made a bid for the company last month that many think was too low. After some due diligence, perhaps the situation will clear up.
Coriant has picked up an R&E win down in South America. The National Research and Education Network in Chile, known as REUNA, will be using Coriant's DWDM optical gear and related software to revamp its national network. With the help of local partners Grupo Binario and Raylex, Coriant will help REUNA scale that network up to 200G channels. REUNA serves some 35 institutions around, or perhaps a better word is along, the country.
Huawei has won some business in the Middle East. They will be working with Omantel to jointly deploy the region's first G.fast network. Huawei's solution promises to bring 800Mbps at 100 meters and 400Mbps at 300 meters over existing copper infrastructure. Omantel will deploy the technology in the basements of tall buildings, bringing big bandwidth to homes without replacing their copper infrastructure with fiber. They hope to have 90% of homes in Muscat covered by 2020.
And Equinix has introduced some new cloud connectivity in the APAC region. They are now offering dedicated, private access to the Oracle Cloud out of the company's Sydney IBX data center. That includes both Oracle's IaaS and PaaS services. This is the fifth market in which the Oracle Cloud is thus available via Equinix, with more probably to come.