A few upgrades, product rollouts, and interconnections worth noting at midweek:
Telstra has tapped Ciena and Ericsson to boost its transport network down in Australia. Ericsson helped with the deployment of Ciena's WaveLogix Ai and WaveLogic 5 Extreme solutions to roll out commercial 400G solutions. The upgrade increases Telstra's total optical capacty by a factor of 4 and follows closely on a recent live trial of 700G and 800G on the company's longhaul fiber network.
DriveNets has won a big convert to its networking software this week. AT&T is leveraging the company's technology for software-based core routing as part of its dis-aggregated network. DriveNet's cloud-native solution runs on standard white box hardware, provided in this case by UfiSpace based on the Jericho2 chipset from Broadcom. The new nextgen platform will help AT&T to flexibly meet demand from 5G and other rising technologies.
Epsilon has made a move to improve its reach to the African enterprise marketplace. They have partnered with South Africa's Business Connexion (BCX) to deliver data center interconnection services. BCX will leverage Epsilon's Infiny technology to serve enterprise customers in South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania. Epsilon's NAAS network fabric reaches some 220+ data centers worldwide.
Intelligent Fiber Network has expanded its portfolio out in the Midwestern US with a little SD-WAN. They launched a new SD-WAN product last week, enabling them to meet growing demand from the enterprise marketplace. The new capabilities will be in place by the end of the year, and will assist IFN's ability to extend layer-2 transport both across its fiber and that of others. The company has also added more management muscle with the promotion of Kent Welch to Director of Product Development and Sales Operations.
EdgeConneX has expanded its interconnection ecosystem a bit in western Pennsylvania. The edge data center specialist has made the Pittsburgh Internet Exchange available to tenants of its facility just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. EdgeConneX has has actively sought out relationships with regional and local IXs like PIT-IX across its footprint.
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