Four interesting items from vendors to note from the last couple days:
There was a bit of M&A worth noting on the testing side of things this week. EXFO has announced the acqusition of Taiwan-based InOpticals Inc., which specialized in sampling oscilloscopes, BERTs, and other testing instruments aimed at 400G/800G. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of October, will expand EXFO's portfolio as well as its potential market share.
Ribbon says it has developed a 5G hybrid slicing solution. Teaming up with Xilinx, the solution aims to enable wireless network operators to deliver low latency 5G more efficiently by enabling both hard and soft slicing. Getting slicing right is a topic of great interest as 5G rollouts start to gain real momentum.
ADVA has picked up a new customer for its fiber monitoring solution. The Luxembourg Commercial Internet Exchange is leveraging ADVA's technology within its backbone infrastructure, enabling them to accurately pinpoint degradation and quickly respond. Telindus helped facilitate the deployment for ADVA and LU-CIX.
And Nokia has picked up some business in Italy. With the help of SIAE Microelettronica, they are delivering their 1830 ONE and NFM-T solutions for Open Fiber's fiber-to-the-home efforts across the country. The Italian fiber sector is in the midst of a complicated and contentious consolidation effort that may combine the access assets of Open Fiber and TIM.
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