The industry steadily continues its adoption of New IP technologies, as witnessed by a stream of customer and product rollouts this week.
Virtualization is empowering service providers to expand their digital transformation initiatives, global reach and speed. Some are exploring partnerships with new developers or new products, while others are teaming up to reach new channel partners. Here's a roundup of some recent news:
Verizon this week began a 40G fiber broadband trial of Adtran's SDN-optimized NG-PON2 open networking solution as part of a project to create cost-effective fiber to the home for business and residential customers. The service provider's Innovation Lab will focus on tunable multiple wavelength 40Gbit/s capabilities for big data, the Internet of Things and the cloud. Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are slated to work together on the operator's Management and Control Interface (OMCI) to enable NG-PON2 OLT interoperability, Adtran says.
John Bickham was named president and chief operating officer of
Charter Communications Inc. , parent company of Time Warner Cable. A 30-year veteran of the cable industry, Bickham previously served as COO of Charter since he joined the firm in 2012. Before becoming a member of the Charter executive team, Bickham was president of Cable and Communications at Cablevision, and also held positions at
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and KBLCOM.
XO Communications unveiled SIPack, which provides Session Initiated Protocol-based voice service via private dedicated connection over data networks. SIP leverages IP networks' security, lower cost and scalability to transmit voice, video and other media. SIPack offers centralized management and delivery, according to
XO Communications Inc. and, in combination with the service provider's MPLS IP-VPN, results in integrated voice and connectivity across office locations.
Colt has teamed up with South Korean financial systems integrator Koscom to create a global securities network partnership designed to deliver ultra-low-latency connectivity between capital markets in South Korea and international stock and derivatives exchanges. Koscom was founded by the nation's Ministry of Finance and the South Korean Stock Exchange. The IT provider will integrate Colt's global network service infrastructure into its "exclusive financial network," Stock-Net, Colt says. This marks the latest step in a relationship that began with the Busan Proximity Data Center in 2012, notes Masato Hoshino, vice president and head of product management at
Colt Technology Services Group Ltd .
French ISP Serveurcom is using Metaswitch Networks' Business Communications offering for its voice, unified communications and collaboration services, the network software provider says. Serveurcom, which currently focuses on in-country SMBs, plans to expand its offerings across Europe via direct and third-party sales, according to Metaswitch Networks .
Ixia, developer of network testing, visibility and security solutions, teamed up with
Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW), which now will distribute its full portfolio of products throughout North America. "Partnering with Arrow adds a powerful new dimension to our mission of making it easy for resellers to do business with Ixia," says Lori Cornmesser, VP global channel sales at
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), in a statement. "Arrow's strong ties with leading Ixia technology partners will also help fast-track compelling end-to-end solutions to VARs and their customers."
ITandTEL, the telecommunications division of Austrian utility eww, is working with integrator Kapsch Businesscom to upgrade its backbone network. The operator is adding packet-optical technology from
Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) to its new 100G network, designed to support Internet, cloud, data center and enterprises. ITandTEL also is adding new high-capacity services between international exchanges in Vienna and Frankfurt, according to Ciena.