Four items from the vendor community – two deployments, one trial, and one bit of M&A news:
FirstLight has upgraded its footprint with the help of Ciena and LightRiver. They now have their first 400Gbps connection, powered by Ciena’s 6500 platform and WaveLogic coherent optics, something they plan to roll out to support customers across the northeast and mid-Atlantic. The network integration specialists at LightRiver Technologies supported the deployment, which will scale up to 800Gbps when the time comes.
Nokia and GlobalConnect have been testing some big bandwidth over the latter’s GO-COLOR network in the Nordics. The two announced a successful demonstration of 600G using Nokia’s PSE-V super coherent optics. The trial produced error-free connectivity over 781km of fiber through 6 ROADM nodes with 100GHz WDM channels. Total theoretical capacity of the deplooyment would give GlobalConnect 28.8Tbps over the C+ band.
STL has picked up a deal in the Indian energy sector. PGCIL, the country’s largest power distribution company, will be using STL’s network management technology across its footprint. PGCIL’s telecom network spans just over 72,000km, and was already leveraging STL’s optical fiber cables and IP-MPLS tech.
And the ADVA/ADTRAN deal got one more step closer to fruition this week. The CFIUS has decided the deal is not a covered transaction, removing another regulatory hurdle along the path to closing although similar procedures in the UK and Germany are still underway. Meanwhile the shareholder tender period expires tonight. The deal was announced at the end of last summer and will result in a business with combined revenues of about $1.2B.
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