Two high profile demos, one new product, and a contract win:
Aqua Comms, Telia Carrier, and Ciena have teamed up for a 400GbE PoP to PoP transatlantic trial. The three have demonstrated a 400GbE connection between New York and Frankfurt. Aqua Comms provided the transatlantic piece between the US and London, Telia Carrier provided the link from London to Frankfurt and the IP backbone, and Ciena brought its WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology to the table.
Out in the Midwest, Great Plains Communications is adding more cloud connectivity to its portfolio. The Nebraska-based provider has launched GPC Cloud Connect, offering direct connection to the major cloud destinations, including AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Azure. They are aiming the 50Mbps-10Gbps service at small and large businesses across the region.
A bit east of that, Horizon has picked up some business from the YMCA of Central Ohio. They will be providing dedicated internet access and hosted voice to the organization across a dozen locations across the region around Columbus. The bandwidth will empower the Learning Extension Centers, STEM opportunities through eSports and live, and virtual Y classes for which the YMCA's bandwidth requirements have been on the rise.
And Infinera recently saw some progress with XR Optics. NBN Co has completed a proof-of-concept trial of the technology down in Australia, demonstrating compatibility with NBN's national DWDM footprint. XR Optics enables digital subcarriers, offering new, innovative network design strategies and dynamic capacity management capabilities.
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