A few items from around the industry to catch up with:
Equinix has added more Kubernetes support directly to its ecosystem. The data center giant has expanded its portfolio of technologies and partner solutions to support the use of Kubernetes on Equinix Metal. Newly supported solutions include technologies from Google Cloud, IBM, Mirantis, SUSE, Canonical, and others.
Ziply Fiber has raised a bundle of money for its anticipated FTTH expansion. The company, which bought Frontier’s assets in the Pacific Northwest last year , has closed a $350M funding round. They have fiber expansion projects in process across some 52 markets, and hope to reach 80% of their footprint over the next three years. Also in the works is an upgrade from GPON to XGS-PON.
BAI Communications has completed its purchase of Mobilitie. With a majority stake in Transit Wireless already, the purchase of Mobilitie gives BAI a big piece of the public transit networking marketplace as well as some 220 public venue DAS networks, 10k small cells, and 300 towers across the country. BAI has been increasing its investment in the US and UK/Europe markets alongside its Australian roots and footprints in Hong Kong and Canada.
And BT is taking quantum technology to metro distances. Teaming up with Toshiba Europe the company has announced the UK’s first industrial deployment of a quantum-secure network. It’s just 6km of Openreach fiber, but leverages quantum key distribution to create an ‘un-hackable’ link between two sites. Toshiba’s QKD system enables the distribution of thousands of cryptographic keys per second, and uses multiplexing to send data and keys on the same fiber.
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