A few deployments and upgrades to keep an eye on:
ExteNet has boosted mobile connectivity for the JFK Center for Performing Arts down in Washington DC. It’s a 17M square foot cultural center they’ve had hooked up for a while now, but have now launched new coverage within the new REACH building. That building can have 15K visitors at any given time, although obviously given the current social-distancing environment that’s probably not yet a problem. Hopefully we’ll get to test it before long though.
GTT is expanding its managed SD-WAN capabilities with some help from Silver Peak. They have deployed Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect platform in the Americas, targeting global enterprises with complex, geographically distributed traffic to manage. It’s a part of their portfolio they had already put in place in Europe. GTT is still moving toward a capex-light existence, looking to sell off the fiber assets it picked up in the Interoute and Hibernia deals in some form. SD-WAN is definitely part of that.
Colt has been busy tuning its PrizmNet routes over in Europe. They have been reducing already low latencies between their Equinix London and Interxion London locations and multiple key financial and colocation destinations around Europe. They’ve deployed nextgen Arista 7130 Layer 1 switches as part of the upgrade. Colt’s PrizmNet runs off their broader global infrastructure, which hooks up some 29K buildings around the world but mostly in Europe.
And the German provider WiTCOM is deploying an NFV- and uCPE-based solution for a public IoT network. The vendors ADVA, 6WIND, Advantech, Dell Technologies, and dacoso have all had a hand in the deal, which provides a secure open platform for WiTCOM’s smart city services. ADVA is providing its Ensemble Connector to help manage things, while 6WIND is providing its vRouters.
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