Optical/IP Networks

Euronews: Tapas Snack for Infinera

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) are offering up some tasty morsels at today's European news snack bar.

  • Infinera has added to its list of European customers with a deployment at Spanish regional operator Retegal, but could this deal be the start of a new wave of small transport network build-outs on the Old Continent? (See Infinera: Trendy? .)

  • AlcaLu looks like it hired a poor man's Ridley Scott to build up interest in the new IP product it's launching next week. (See AlcaLu Goes to Hollywood.)

  • Away from the cameras, lights and action, AlcaLu has hired a new Global Sales Leader for its Enterprise business in the form of Tom Eggemeier. Wonder what his nickname might be? (See AlcaLu Names Enterprise Global Sales Leader.)

  • Back at the movies, Huawei has announced that KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s international business has launched services based on its coherent 100Gbit/s optical transport platform. What has that got to do with the glitzy and glamorous world of Hollywood, you ask? Well, according to Huawei, KPN's network is so fast (top rate transmission of 8 Tbit/s if they crank it up to full throttle, apparently) that, if you were directly connected to the backbone, you could download 240 two-hour movies in just one second. What we want to know is -– which 240 two-hour movies are they talking about? I mean, are we talking action-packed cop dramas or European art-house think pieces? These sorts of details are important in our little world. Huawei has also just landed an optical transport network deal with Danish incumbent TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC), so it's really sticking it to the big European vendors in their own backyard this week. (See Huawei Wins Pan-Europe Deal.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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