CenturyLink has picked up a significant research and education deal. Internet2 has selected CenturyLink’s new ITU-T G.652.D optical fiber to upgrade its network. CenturyLink recently leveraged all that empty conduit Level 3 and Qwest put in back in the dotcom bubble to pull the latest generation of fiber on key routes nationwide.
Internet2 will be shifting much of its R&E network to that new fiber, and they’ll be lighting that dark fiber using Ciena’s optical gear for transmission. When in place, they will be able to use un-regenerated 200G waves anywhere on the network’s US footprint and 400G/800G wavelengths on high-use spans. The fiber agreement extends at least through 2042, and CenturyLink will also be providing professional services to help with the migration.
Meanwhile, on the enterprise side, the thermoplastics resins and biopolymer producer Braskem is using the company’s SD-WAN and cloud connectivity solutions. They’ll be connecting some 50 locations around the world, primarily in Brazil, the US, Mexico, and Germany with each other and of course with destinations in the cloud.
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