A subsea upgrade and three partnerships to catch up with:
Southern Cross has hooked up an actual 800G wavelength on a production network this week. Working with Ciena and its WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics, they connected two data centers on the US west coast, achieving an error-free 800G channel. The transpacific cable system plans to have WL5e deployed across more markets by summertime.
Epsilon has won a new convert to its SDN platform. The European data center operator maincubes has partnered with Epsilon to deploy the Infiny platform at its facilities in Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Tenants of those data centers are able to leverage that platform to access automated, on-demand connectivity to key destinations like cloud providers, IXs, service providers and other interconnected data centers.
Windstream has struck up a streaming partnership on the consumer side of things. They're teaming up with YouTube TV, which they are pairing with their Kinetic by Windstream service. The deal further enables Windstream's customers to "cut the cord" when it comes to traditional TV services while still keeping local programming.
And CenturyLink has enhanced its cloud solutions portfolio with another partnership. They have joined Microsoft Azure's Networking Managed Service Provider Program, enabling them to add network and consulting services alongside Azure. That will put them in position to offer customers a fully integrated solution built around Azure's cloud capabilities and their own global fiber network.
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