Some metro Ethernet, some vendor news, and a minor tax dispute.
Unite Private Networks has won a contract renewal out in Nebraska. Longtime customer NCEE has signed on for more high speed Ethernet internet access. NCEE is based in the state capital of Lincoln and specializes in EMC testing, which for the uninitiated is short for electromagnetic compliance - curbing unwanted emissions and interference in stuff.
Juniper Networks has introduced a new Contrail Security offering. It's designed to allow enterprises and SaaS cloud providers to better protect themselves while in multi-cloud situations. The technology is part of Juniper's SDN drive, bringing more software into the company's mix, which was not so long ago just routers and such.
Ericsson has won another convert to its virtual Evolved Packet Core, SDN, and NFV technology. Zain Iraq has chosen Ericsson's solution as part of an upgrade of its network infrastructure. Iraq's growing data appetite is requiring Zain to invest in a modernization of the company's network.
And if you needed a reminder of just how unfriendly regulators can be when they try, Hutchison has received an unexpected $5B tax bill from Indian tax authorities. The bill relates to the profits from a $11B sale of the company's mobile business in the country to Vodafone about a decade ago. They had tried to make Vodafone pay, but lost in court five years ago. So they have retroactively changed the rules to try to collect again, and now are taking aim at Hutchison as well. Almost makes you think fondly of the IRS...
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