A few interesting network and gear announcements from around the industry this week:
HyperOne has lined up a partner for another piece of its national fiber netwrk down in Australia. They have tapped UGC-5DG, a Victoria-based contractor, to build one of two planned legs between Sydney and Melbourne. UGC-5DG will deliver 1,000km of fiber on the route. A few months ago they tapped Melbourne-based AFL Global for some 7600km of the project, which is expected to be complete in 2024.
CityFibre is sourcing some tech from STL to keep its FTTH rollout running over in the UK. STL will be supplying high-count Celesta IBR cables, bend insensitive fiber, and ribbon-optimized joint enclosures. CityFibre hopes to reach some 8M homes by the end of 2025, and has a couple dozen construction partners building out furiously. They are in 63 markets now, plan to be underway in 150 by the end of this year, and 285 by 2025.
Infinera has added a suite of ICE-XR pluggables to its portfolio. The technology supports both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications, and will initial have 400G, 200G, and 100G options in CFP2 and QSF-DD form factors. The company also introduced an Open Optical Toolkit of automation solutions aimed at making it easier to leverage their coherent optical tech.
And FiberLight will be deploying gear from Fujitsu to upgrade its lit network. They have selected Fujitsu’s modular platform, including their 1FINITY T700 transport bladesa and L130/140 ROADM blades in support of services up to 400G. FiberLight operates 17K route miles of fiber, including an expansive regional and metro footprint spanning most of Texas.
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