Wednesday Roundup: Google, Orange, Telxius, Ekinops, Dell, Bluebird

February 19th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

A few more to keep up with from midweek:

Google's Dunant cable project has some big name collaboration lined up. Orange and Telxius are working together on terrestrial backhaul on both ends of the submarine cable system. Dunant is expected to go live later this year, spanning 6,600km between Virginia and the French Atlantic coast. Orange will leverage its CLS at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, while Telxius will use its CLS in Virginia Beach.

Speaking of Orange, Orange Business Services has some new plans for the customer premises. They have teamed up with Ekinops and Dell Technologies for a new uCPE solution. Dell is providing the hardware, Ekinops handles the middleware, and Orange will deliver solutions based on it to the enterprise market starting this year. Enterprises will be able to deploy virtual network functions for a variety of potential functionality.

Bluebird Network has finished off another buildout on its home turf. The Missouri-based regional network operator has completed a fiber expansion in the state capital, Jefferson City. The 26-mile expansion adds to the company's depth in the area and will go toward better supporting customers from local governments to wireless towers, to businesses. With the recent investment by Macquarie, Bluebird has access to the resources for lots of densification projects like this.

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