In other news from this week worth noting: two vendor wins, one partnership, and a business update.
Ciena has won another convert to its next generation 600g/800G technology. The Russian-based operator GlobalNet has deployed Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme to increase speeds and efficiency on its network. That includes upgrading a Moscow/St. Petersburg link to 600Gbps and using 800Gbps for data center interconnect in St. Petersburg. GlobalNet specializes in connecting destinations in those two markets with network operators in Europe and the US.
Nokia has picked up some corporate 5G business. TOYOTA Production Engineering has chosen Nokia’s solution for an industrial-grade private wireless network at its location in Fukuoka, Japan. That network will start at LTE/4.9G and be upgraded to 5G over time as the company leverages the network within the design of new, innovative production processes. NS Solutions helped with the systems integration.
Telenor and Cisco have strengthened their partnership, signing a third iteration of their Joint Purpose Agreement and scaling their WG2 joint venture. The alliance covers 5G, Open vRAN, and a bunch of other efforts, with Open vRAN getting a trial at Telenor’s Norwegian headquarters. Meanwhile, WG2’s carrier-grade, cloud-native mobile core solution will now be included in Cisco’s General Price List and DevNet programs.
And DE-CIX provided a business update to go along with its 25th birthday celebration this week. The company says it saw revenues grow by 10+% in 2019, reaching EUR39.6M, powered by a 29% surge from their international activities. They saw their raw customer list surge by 20% to 1900 as well as a 27% growth of 100GE ports. Their total connected bandwidth reached 55Tbps. Frankfurt remains the company’s workhorse of course, having bandwidth rise to 41Tbps of that, up 12.8%, but the real story is the success they’ve seen in replicating and starting to scale their IX infrastructure in other markets.
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