Some interesting pandemic-related infrastructure news, plus three vendor wins worth noting:
DE-CIX says it is seeing a direct impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the internet exchange business. Traffic at its Frankfurt IX is up 10%, with video-conferencing jumping by 50%. They are also seeing exchange participants order 20% more bandwidth across all their IXs worldwide. These are shifts that make sense in the current environment, and it will be interesting to see how they play out over time.
Calix has picked up a new wireless ISP as customer. Royell Communications is upgrading its network, boosting speeds by pivoting to FTTH and enhancing subscriber data collection by leveraging Calix's EDGE Insights technology. Royell serves a swath of territory south and west of Springfield, Illinois, and believes that adding fiber to the mix will help them meet future demands from their customer base.
Huawei won a contract in the education vertical back home in China. They will be helping Fudan University deploy an all-optical smart campus network for one of the university's dormitories. The project will leverage Huawei's Campus OptiX solution, providing high speed internet to faculty and students in support of future innovative teaching methods. They are replacing a more traditional Ethernet system with a passive optical LAN architecture.
And Ericsson has won a renewal and expansion of one of those managed services contracts it favors. Omantel has signed on for another 5 years for fully managed, end-to-end, multivendor operations for its national wireline and wireless networks. NFV technology will be leveraged for both effiency and enhanced customer experiences. Omantel first tapped Ericsson to outsource network operations back in 2016.
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