Here's news from four vendors plus a carrier:
Ciena has been selected by Sydney Trains for a network upgrade. Sydney Trains does what it sounds like, it runs train/transit links in and around Sydney, Australia. The upgrade will move them from legacy SDH to packet optical and take the company to 100G, with the resulting network able to support additional passenger safety measures.
Infinera has expanded the services it can offer to federal agencies. The company's full optical and services portfolio is now available via the GSA Schedule 70, Nasa SEWP V, and Air Force NETCENTS-2 contract vehicles. They are working with immixGroup, leveraging its contract vehicles as part of an effort to increase Infinera's presence in the federal space.
Champion ONE has launched some new gear this week. The company has introduced new 25G SFP28 hot-pluggable tranceivers with both SR and LR versions, taking aim at applications such as 5G LTE wireless fronthaul, 4x25G breakout configurations for 100G Ethernet, and enterprise upgrades.
Earlier this week, Versa Networks landed a Tier 1 partner for its SD-Branch managed service. Verizon has added the technology to its virtual network services SDN platform, improving their offerings when it comes to bringing branch offices on-net simply and securely.
And finally, on the carrier front, PCCW has launched a Restoration on Demand service. The Hong Kong-based carrier is offering rapid re-routing of submarine cable connectivity, with activation in minutes and billing on a daily usage basis. The deployment leverages the SDN capabilities that PCCW has put in place throughout its network.