An expansion on the border, an interconnection in the Big Apple, a NaaS upgrade, and a successful trial:
Zayo has expanded its infrastructure along the US/Mexico border. They have deployed 100G IP and 400G wavelength capabilities in the south Texas cities of McAllen and Laredo. From there Zayo will be able to better reach across the border and into Latin America through Mexico. Last month they also invested in low latency subsea routes down to São Paulo, Brazil.
FirstLight Fiber and DE-CIX have teamed up for interconnection in the northeastern US. Firstlight has signed on as a transport partner to DE-CIX and interconnected its infrastructure to DE-CIX New York at 325 Hudson Street. The deal gives DE-CIX participants access to FiberLight’s extensive reach in both New England and the MidAtlantic states.
LightRiver has officially launched a new version of its Network-as-a-Service platform netFLEX. The latest version 4.6.1 of netFLEX adds expanded support of Open Optical technologies. The update also offers greater support for a range of Cisco, Acacia, NCS, Infinera, Marvell, Smartoptics, Adva, and Nokia gear. That multivendor support enables LightRiver’s NaaS efforts to thrive in a lot of infrastructure environments.
And Arelion has completed a successful trial of Acacia’s 400ZR+ modules with Cisco routers. Leveraging a live fiber route between Hamburg and Copenhagen, they demonstrated 400G wavelengths via Acacia Bright 400ZR+ QSFP-DD coherent modules on Cisco 8000 and NCS 5700 routers. The setup supported high transmit powers north of +1 dBm. Cisco bought Acacia last year, of course, and has worked hard to integrate the technology into their offerings.
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