Int'l roundup: Tata Comms opens PoP at NJFX

Rob Powell
Telecom Ramblings

Five bits of news from international carriers, with three new PoPs and two datapoints of SDN and NFV progress.

Tata Communications has opened its core network presence in the NJFX Cable Landing Campus in Wall NJ. That's the new facility right next door to their cable landing station that just opened its doors in September, and hence it's not a big surprise that the Indian giant is opening an interconnection PoP there. But it's a key step forward for NJFX, which envisions a future where interconnecting with submarine cables on the east coast doesn't have to happen in New York City unless it makes sense to.

Telia Carrier is adding some depth in eastern Europe. They have established a PoP in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Telia had already been in Vienna and Budapest, but the expansion lets them serve both IP and Ethernet to carriers more effectively to carriers in the Balkans. Telia has been steadily expanding the reach of its IP and Ethernet backbone internationally.

Hibernia Networks is expanding its content delivery footprint over in Europe. They've added a CDN PoP in the Italian hub of Milan, their first in Italy. The expansion follows similar moves into Dublin, Prague, Brussels, and Toronto. Hibernia launched its CDN offering following its acquisition of Atrato IP Networks.

Orange Business Services is taking its SDN and NFV capabilities to market. They unveiled their Easy Go Network, which leverages SDN to provide virtualized network functions to enterprise customers. Orange Business has been testing it all year, and will be making it available across 75 countries by the end of 2016. Initially, the VNFs include security and application awareness capabilities from Fortinet, while application optimization and WiFi management are expected to follow early next year.

And AT&T and Colt are announcing today that they've successfully trialed first SDN interoperability for the first time. AT&T successfully provisioned network services across both companies networks in North America and Europe, allowing SDN-to-SDN control across different on-demand architectures. It's just a proof of concept, but a promising direction for the future to be sure.

This article was authored by Rob Powell and was originally posted on Telecomramblings.com

Rob Powell is founder & editor of Telecom Ramblings, which was set up in 2008. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry.

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