As Easter weekend approaches, here are a few news items from Europe and beyond today:
Sparkle has been busy adding some depth in Europe. Yesterday on its parent company's home turf, the global backbone operator has added new transport solutions to its global backbone within Rome's NaMeX exchange, complementing the IP transit services they alredy offered there. And this morning it was on to Amsterdam, where Sparkle added a new PoP at Equinix's AM5 facility. Sparkle has been increasing the capillarity of its network at a steady pace of late.
Nokia has been busy this week with new contract announcements. In Poland, Nokia has won a key GSM-Railway contract with PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe. It's a 5-year deal covering both GSM-R and DWDM/IP/MPLS backhaul along 14,000km of the railway's track. Meanwhile, Nokia's Nuage Networks VSP has picked up a contract on the other side of the world. China Mobile has picked Nuage's technology to power its SDN platform, helping extend public and private cloud services within 10 data centers. Nokia Shanghai Bell, their joint venture in China, led the way.
ADVA has revealed a new customer in central Europe this morning. The hydropower energy producer VERBUND has deployed the company's FSP 3000 gear on its network, boosting its national capacity to 10Gbps with 100Gbps between data centers. The balance between capacity and low power consumption was important to VERBUND's overall ambition to take Austria down a fully renewable route. SPL Tele helped facilitate the deployment.
And Russia's MegaFon has been busy making its networks smarter. They've successfully put AI to work on the company's transport network, forecasting demand and scheduling maintenance. The tests used NEC's platform, NEC the Wise, and successfully predicted traffic with 97% accuracy.
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