Some mid-week news items to keep up with, plus one from late last week that I missed the first time around:
Nokia has formally launched its 5G MoNArch research project alongside 14 partners. It's a piece of phase II of the EU's 5G-Public Private Partnership efforts and takes aim at putting 5G mobile network architecture designs into practice in real world testbeds. Nokia will be working more specifically on network slicing via SDN, NFV, and their orchestration as applied to various enterprise verticals.
Level 3 has added self service capabilities to its Cloud Connect Solutions. The move brings more flexible control to AWS resources to customers, enabling them to host multiple VLANS on a single Ethernet Virtual Circuit. They can also share bandwidth across Amazon VPC instances.
Comcast Business is rolling out DOCSIS 3.1 based services to business customers across a wider footprint. The move will bring 1Gbps and 500Mbps services to businesses in the Boston and Philadelphia metro areas, Baltimore, Washington DC, Charlottesville, and swaths of New Jersey and northern Delaware. That reach will complement their fiber-based Ethernet services, greatly increasing the customer base to which they can offer 1Gbps connections.
And late last week Zayo announced an expansion out in the Far East. With two new PoPs in Tokyo and Sydney will complement their existing presence in the hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore in the company's efforts to serve the multinational enterprise market. The new PoPs come with anchor tenant contracts, and seem likely to be followed by similar moves in other key global markets.