Several network upgrades, a new data center, and vendor wins of note from this week:
Arelion, which recently rebranded itself from Telia Carrier, has upgraded a bit of its US network footprint out in the center of the country. They have deployed Infinera’s 800G technology between Denver and Chicago while launching expanded capabilities at 1623 Farnam in Omaha. Arelion performed field validation tests late last year and have now made the new capacity available via 1623 Farnam’s ecosystem. No doubt they will be rolling out backbone upgrades on other routes and in other markets in the coming quarters.
Ribbon has expanded its relationship with a key customer down in southwestern Africa. NamPower, the largest power utility in the country of Namibia, has selected Ribbon’s IP Optical technology to light fiber across its national power infrastructure. The implementation was completed last year, and leverages Ribbon’s 400G ZR+ and 200G Apollo optical transport, Neptune IPoDWDM, and Muse planning tools.
Equinix has launched its new data center over in Munich, Germany. The new IBX, named MU4, was designed as part of the company’s global sustainability strategy, and will have a partially planted roof. It is expected to be powered by 100% renewables from local supplier Mainova. The next phase will include an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage system, and the company also hopes to provide its waste heat to external customers in the future. They have spent $90M on the facility so far, with 2,250+ square meters and 825 cabinets available in phase 1.
And Nokia is supplying its IP routing platform technology to the internet exchange provider TREX over in Finland. TREX will use the 7720 Interconnect Router running on Nokia SR Linux to upgrade its infrastructure, increasing interconnection and peering services capacity. The deployment enables TREX to better scale its services with increased visibility and control of network operations.
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