Four interesting items emerged from the vendor community to start this week that are worth catching up on.
Infinera and American Tower have completed a successful trial of the former's XR optics capability down in Latin America. The two have completed a point-to-multipoint coherent optical transmission across American Tower's Colombian GPON infrastructure. XR optics is aiming to change the point-to-point nature of today's metro networks, thus making them scale better as we approach the 5G era.
Ribbon has won a convert to its transport solutions over in northern Europe. Cinia has selected the company's Apollo transport and switching gear to upgrade its backbone in Finland and the surrounding region. The upgrade enables 400GbE client connections and will transport and monitor alien wavelengths.
Nokia will be delivering a private wireless network in southeastern Europe. The University for Business and Technology in Pristina, Kosovo has signed on for a 3 year agreement, and will use the opportunity to pursue 5G-based research and testing in the areas of immersive IoT and AI. It's based on Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud.
And Cisco has expanded its engagement with AMD as part of an upgrade to UCS technology. The arrangement includes upgraded Cisco UCS rack server models based on AMD chips and leverages Cisco's ultra-low latency gear and integrates with Cisco's Intersight hybrid cloud platform. They are now offering that combination to the high frequency trading community, with the new servers coming out sometime in the next 90 days.
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