Five interesting infrastructure items from the European theater worth keeping up with:
Tampnet has picked up a customer for its new, unique route between Amsterdam and Copenhagen. NL-ix has picked the route, which leverages the Cobra cable over to Esbjerg on the east coast of Denmark and completely avoids Hamburg, to serve its Danish customers. NL-IX, which handles peak loads of about 4.76Tbps of internet traffic, is also managing to cut latency on the route from 14ms to 9ms. Tampnet has been leveraging its knowledge of the North Sea to solve a few of Europe's nagging diversity problems.
Speaking of the North Sea, Bulk Infrastructure said this week that its HAVSIL cable system is now fully contracted and will see installation begin this summer. The HAVSIL cable will connect Kristiansand, Norway with Hanstholm, Denmark, a short hop that will be completely diverse from the usual routes between Scandinavia and Denmark that pass through Copenhagen on the eastern side. Bulk expects the cable to be ready for service in November of this year, with Telia Carrier and the Norwegian Communications Authority already on board.
Nokia has won a key contract down on the Iberian peninsula. Telefonica Spain has picked Nokia's gear to power its next generation 5G and FTTH connectivity. The deal is for both hardware and services, and will see Nokia gear supporting all layers of Telefonica's IP network. IN this case it's a suite of Nokia 7250 IXR products, which are aimed at supporting edge infrastructure.
Orange Business has picked up two multinational enterprise wins this week. Over in Russia, the mining company Raspadskaya has picked Orange Business' IoT solution to keep track of its vehicle unloading, making sure the right grades of coal wind up in the right warehouse bays. Meanwhile, Orange Business is also working with Agdatahub and SUEZ to develop new technology for the agricultural sector. The three will work on applying nextgen IoT technologies to better monitor and manage food production and distribution processes.
And Ericsson is providing some private wireless networking for its long term partner Airbus. The network leverages current 4G technology that is 5G-ready and runs on 700MHz and 2600Mhz TDD frequencies. 5G millimeter wave will be tested this year. The Ericsson technology is being deployed at Airbus's Toulouse facility, where it will power an NB-IoT connectivity solution hooking up Airbus's connected devices.
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