Five vendors, five customer deployments to note from this week's news:
Colt has tapped Ciena's Blue Planet software to further automate the Colt IQ Network. They have deployed Blue Planet's fault management software, helping to improve the network assurance experience they can provide customers. Ciena and Colt have been working together at various levels of the network for years of course.
ADTRAN has picked up a customer for its software-defined access architecture. Netomnia is deploying their solution in their UK XGS-PON FTTP network, enabling the rapid buildout of fiber passing 50K premises within their first year. Netomnia hopes to pass 1M premises across the UK by 2024. ADTRAN and ADVA recently announced plans to merge, creating a company with combined revenue of $1.2B.
For its part, ADVA has seen some new action in the European research and education sector. Along with the cybersecurity provider SIA, ADVA announced this week that RedIRIS is deploying their open optical networking solution to upgrade their longhaul backbone infrastructure across Spain. The deployment will enable RedIRIS to deploy flexible coherent wavelengths up to 200Gbps. RedIRIS connects 80+ PoPs and 500 institutions, including submarine links east to the Balearic Islands and southwest to the Canary Islands.
Nokia is working with the non-profit DigitalC to bring more of Cleveland online. The two have teamed up to leverage private LTE in an effort to connect more households with high speed links. Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud is powering the effort, which will leverage the CBRS 3.5GHz band. According to a survey, some 31% of households in the city still had no broadband subscription plan as of 2019.
And Ericsson's gear will be going to the Himalayas. The Kingdom of Bhutan has tapped the Swedish-based vendor to deploy 5G across its very challenging landscape. 5G services leveraging a suite of Ericsson's gear and services are expected to be rolled out by the end of this year. Ericsson and Bhutan Telecom have been partners for almost two decades.
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