A few interesting items from vendors and global network operators from around the world worth keeping an eye on.
Ericsson has reached an expensive resolution to its corruption problems with the US DOJ. They have agreed to pay a penalty of $1.06B, for which the DOJ will defer prosecution and have them dismissed later. The charges stem from Ericsson's activities in Djibouti, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Vietnam, and were derived from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ericsson now hopes to move past all this and onto the next generation of technology.
CenturyLink has invested in its CDN capacity in the APAC region. In response to demand from OTT and gaming, the global network operator has expanded its physical network footprint in 11 cities as well as improved its performance beyond that into less travelled destinations. CenturyLink also says it is providing services for a 'prominent company that will broadcast a major sports event next year in Japan', which hints at the Olympics in Tokyo.
Telxius's expansion in Virginia has expanded once again. The global infrastructure arm of Telefonia has opened a new location in Tyson's Corner, providing another northern Virginia destination for the MAREA and BRUSA cables and their cable landing station in Virginia Beach. They will have an official opening of the facility this week with the help of InterGlobix and JSA.
And Infinera's Groove G30 gear has been taken through some new speed trials. Working with the Scandinavian provider GlobalConnect, they have demonstrated 400G coherent transmissions over a 50GHz fixed grid metro transport network alongside existing 10G channels. The trial took place in the Oslo metro area and included multiple 300G and 400G alien wavelengths using OOK moduilation.
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