TGIF, winter is almost over - theoretically. Here's a few quick takes on some other news from this week:
Interoute revealed a new pan-European enterprise customer it delivered for last year. The automotive logistics company GEFCO is leveraging Interoute's SDN technology and network infrastructure across 120 locations spanning 18 countries in a swath of the continent from the UK to Turkey. Interoute recently agreed to be bought by GTT of course.
Verizon and Colt have demonstrated some new SDN capabilities. At an event in London, the two companies were able to make changes in each other's production networks in real time. Such 2-way network orchestration may let carriers extend their automation to places their own network doesn't go, but I have to say it does take a certain amount of trust -- not just between the two carriers, but in the security of the interface making it possible.
And Xtera took its gear to a new level in an experiment with the University of College London. Using 256QAM and adaptive FEC, and 630km of Sumitomo's Z-PLUS Fiber 150 fiber with nine hybrid distributed-Raman/EDFA amplifiers every 70km, they achieved 120Tbps over a single fiber. It's not a commercial technology yet and greater distances are still on the drawing board, but any way you count it, 120Tbps per fiber is a lot of bandwidth.
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