A couple items of international news, plus some 600G updates from OFC:
Epsilon has a new interconnection partner in the Europe. They have hooked up their Infiny platform to NL-ix, providing access to the IXP's western European infrastructure. NL-ix's footprint occupies a triangle with corners in London, Cophenhagen, and Marseille, with its biggest node unsurprisingly in Amsterdam.
ADVA has demonstrated SDN control of a 600G transmission at the OFC conference. Using the company's FSP 3000 TeraFlex terminal in a DCI context, they showed the ability to monitor the condition of a fiber link and adapt speed and modulation in response.
Cisco has also been working on 600G. They have unveiled a successful demo of the new technology down under with AARNet. The demo leveraged the R&E network's fiber and Cisco's NCS 1004 and ROADM gear to achieve 600G on a 15km link, 500G on more than 300km, and 400G on at lengths in excess of 750km.
Batelco's recently announced plans to expand to Marseille got a little more concrete this week. The Bahrain-based provider has signed on with Interxion and will be deploying a new PoP at Interxion's facility in the southern French city. Interxion's facility acts as one of the region's most important interconnection points, so Batelco will find plenty of parnters there to hook up to.