Wednesday Bytes: Infinera, Consolidated, Metaswitch, Cecon

March 4th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Some mid-week news to catch up on from around the industry:

Infinera and Corning have turned in their own 800G trial. They announced yesterday a successful demonstration of 800G over a single wavelength across 800km. with . The demo leveraged Infinera’s ICE6 technology and Corning’s TXF optical fiber, using 64QAM and probabilistic constellation shaping.

Consolidated Communications is revamping its channel partner program this week. By increasing incentives and benefits for its agents as of March 9, they hope to bring in new partners and empower and motivate the ones they already have. We haven’t heard that much from Consolidated since they acquired Fairpoint, I wonder what they’ve been up to lately.

Metaswitch has won the favor of Hutchison Drei Austria. The Austrian arm of Three will be using Metaswitch’s MaX UC technology to modernize and expand its converged UC and collaboration solution portfolio. Hutchison Drei Austria serves about 3.9M customers, and launched 5G in Linz last summer.

And Norway is getting yet more subsea fiber connectivity. Altibox Carrier is working on the Skagenfiber West cable, which will connect Larvik, Norway and Hirtshals, Denmark, and they’ve picked Cecon Contracting to do the heavy lifting. It’s a short 170km hop on which they’ll be putting 48 fiber pairs, which at 40Tbps per pair will provide as much as 1920Tbps. Last week Altibox and Xtera started construction of a cable between Norway and the UK.

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