Vendor roundup: Fujitsu wins upgrade contract in US

Rob Powell / Telecom Ramblings
29 Mar 2019

Three wins for three vendors plus some quantum security worth a look:

Fujitsu Network Communications is helping US-based Midwest Fiber Network with a network upgrade. MFN, which is a consortium of nine RLECs in Iowa, is deploying 200GbE based on Fujitsu's 1FINITY S100 layer 2 switch and Virtuora Network Control Solution. The upgrade will boost capacity for MFN's member companies, both in an immediate sense and in terms of future expansion.

Nokia has won a deal down in East Africa. Liquid Telecom's Kenya subsidiary has announced a two year deal with Nokia that will see it deploy a 100G DWDM regional network. Initially that will mean 500Gbps connectivity to data centers and landing stations in not just Kenya but also inland to Rwanda, Uganda, and DR-Congo. The upgrade will be powered by Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Switch.

Juniper Networks has announced an expansion of its relationship with LINE Corporation, making it the company's networking vendor of choice. LINE's instant messaging application has some 164M active monthly users around the Far East. The infrastructure supporting that app now includes Juniper's MX960 routers in Tokyo, Osaka, and another unspecified overseas location.

And on Tuesday ADVA said its FSP 3000 is part of the UKQNtel transport network. Along with BT, ID Quantique, and the universities of Cambridge and York, the company has put together a quantum key distribution link over a 120km route between BT's Adastral Park hub and Cambridge. ADVA's Ensemble Controller is managing the infrastructure as well.

This article was authored by Rob Powell and was originally posted on

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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