Thursday Bytes: WIOCC, 2Africa, Windstream, UPN, Nokia

February 9th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

One subsea, one managed SSE, one metro expansion, and some new factory capability from a vendor:

The huge 2Africa cable project has come ashore at a 4th location in South Africa. The WIOCC Group said this week that it has landed 2Africa in Amanzimtoti in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and into OADC Durban. At full buildout, 2Africa will span 45,000km and support as much as 180Tbps of capacity. OADC Durban went live last April.

Windstream has added a managed Security Service Edge solution with the help of Cato Networks. The new addition to their portfolio enables enterprises to access a wide range of cloud-native security capabilities without the trouble of on-premises appliances and such. The deployment enables Windstream to bring enterprise customers further down the road to SASE.

Unite Private Networks is building out a new metro market in the Great Plains. Their latest expansion project will bring 24 route miles of fiber to Lawrence, Kansas, bringing some 900 locations within ange of the company’s dark and lit services. Lawrence sits about a hour west of Kansas City, one of UPN’s core markets.

And Nokia says it will be building fiber broadband equipment in India. More specifically they plan to manufacture GPON optical line terminals at their factory in Sriperimbudur near Chennai. The APAC region is seeing growing demand from both FTTH and 5G for such technology, and Nokia is looking to expand its ability to meet that demand.

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Categories: Metro fiber · SDN · Security · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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