Thursday Bytes: RETN, Zayo, Ribbon, Orange

July 20th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

New PoPs, new fiber buildouts, new vendor deployments, and some hybrid 5G:

RETN continued to expand its pan-European footprint with three new PoPs this week. They added a new PoP in London, England at Lumen DC in Goswell Road, in Talex DC on Karpia Street in Poznan, Poland, and at Greenergy DC in Tallin, Estonia. Each new PoP will add reach to RETN’s network, expanding their ability to reach both wholesale and enterprise customers. RETN says they have added more than 50 new PoPs in the last 12 months across Europe.

Zayo has offered up some details on its ongoing route expansions and upgrades in North America. They have begun building the 3,000 route miles of longhaul dark fiber routes announced earlier this year, which include a new route from St. Louis to Indianapolis that bypasses Chicago as well as an overbuild between Chicago and Omaha. They will also be upgrading an additional two routes to 400G in the third quarter: Denver-Dallas and Atlanta-DC.

Ribbon Communications has picked up a new convert north of the border and another down under. The Canadian metro provider BeanField will be leveraging Ribbon Connect for Operator Connect to enhance its Teams capabilities. The SaaS solution will make it easier for enterprises to migrate from legacy services. Meanwhile, Powerlink Queensland will use Ribbon’s NPT routers and LightSoft network management systems to modernize its 1,700km fiber network and shift to an all IP environment.

Orange is taking steps to combine its public and private 5G capabilities, unveiling an hybrid, 2-in-1 solution. With 5G private networks taking off in parts of the enterprise marketplace, integrating those networks more tightly into the public 5G world is an important step. Orange’s solution leverages Ericsson for 5G access, Nokia for 5G access and 5G SA core, and Oracle Communications for 5G signaling and routing.

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