I hope everyone hasn't gone stir crazy in lockdown yet. Here are four quick internet infrastructure updates worth keeping an eye on from four different continents:
Segra is moving into the in-building wireless space. They have launched the new service across the company's eastern US footprint, enabling wireless carriers to more quickly prepare for the rollout of 5G. Getting the huge bandwidth made available by through walls of large buildings is a big piece of the puzzle. It's going to require lots of in-building infrastructure, especially given that enterprise opportunities seem to be helping drive 5G forward moreso than was the case for 4G.
NTT's global IP backbone now has a new layer of security. NTT has deployed RPKI-based BGP origin validation and Peerlock across its infrastructure. The technology authenticates the route advertisements it gets from other networks, enabling it to make secure routing decision and preventing other networks' configurations from accidentally or intentionally manipulating the paths taken by data.
Nokia has polished off the acquisition of US-based Elenion. The adds more silicon photonics technology and talent to its portfolio. The deal was announced just five weeks ago, somehow managing to move right along despite the ongoing chaotic economic and social events in the US and Europe. Elenion is based in New York City, with offices in San Jose, California and Munich, Germany.
And Ericsson's network outsourcing business continues to roll on. MTN Benin has extended its managed services partnership with the Swedish vendor to include the provisioning of managed services as well as the current system operations. The African provider hopes that Ericsson's AI, automation, and analytics technology will further boost its network's capabilities.
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