Wednesday Roundup: CenturyLink, Ciena, Huawei

February 27th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

A few items from around the world to catch up on:

CenturyLink is expanding its CDN capabilities in the southern hemisphere. Content demand growth has brought the company deeper into Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil, the expansion includes a new PoP in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.

Ciena is making some progress in the Indian marketplace. The Indian mobile insurgent Jio is using Ciena’s Transport SDN capabilities to future-proof its infrastructure alongside the company’s deployed Ciena optical gear. The buildout supports not just the 4G network, but also FTTx and enterprise connectivity.  Meanwhile, they also landed a coherent optical deal with Bharti Airtel that will support the providers 4G/5G/FTTH architecture.

Huawei may be under pressure in some quarters, but at MWC this week they showed progress on other fronts. They announced 5G buildout projects in Switzerland with Sunrise, South Africa with Rain, and Saudi Arabia with STC.  Many western governments are wary of the Chinese vendor, but their gear is clearly making progress elsewhere.

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