Thursday Roundup: Crosslake, Zayo, Juniper, UCL

August 20th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

An expansion, a couple of upgrades, and a bit of blinding transmission speed:

Crosslake Fibre has extended its network into a key data center on the other side of Lake Ontario. They have teamed up with 365 Data Centers to bring bandwidth into the latter's facility in Buffalo, New York.  From there they will be able to offer tenants both new connectivity options for Canadian markets like Toronto and New York but also alternative routes to New York, Chicago, and Ashburn. Crosslake Fibre got started by building a fiber across Lake Ontario from Toronto, cutting the corner and avoiding the infrastructure choke points crossing the Niagara River between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Zayo has invested in more IP transit capacity in a few key markets this summer. They have announced the completion of 100G upgrades in Phoenix, San Jose, and Denver, answering the demand they are seeing for IP networking capacity due to the pandemic. With so many still working from home, traffic patterns have shifted dramatically and led to new investments by many network operators. We hear less from Zayo on layer 3 than on fiber, conduit, and wavelengths, but they have been in the IP transit business since the AboveNet deal.

Juniper Networks has picked up a convert down under. The Archdiocese of Brisbane will be using their Mist AI and Cloud technologies to upgrade their WiFi experience. They have deployed the AI-driven Wi-Fi solution across all their operations, including schools, day care, worship centers, and community services. The archdiocese has a congregation of some 700K people in southeast Queensland, with a workforce of 5,000 and some 300+ sites for which the managed solution will streamline things.

And according to Capacity, there's a new data transmission speed record to beat. Researchers at University College London recently achieved 178Tbps, a feat that seems to be ever more closely approaching the Shannon limit. THey leveraged 16.8 THz of bandwidth, combined multiple amplifier technologies to boost signal power, and developed new geometric Shaping constellations.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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