TeliaSonera Unit Eyes Metro 100G Decision

TeliaSonera International Carrier, the international wholesale fiber network operator within TeliaSonera Group, is poised to make a major decision about 100G technology to be used in some of its metro networks, a TSIC executive tells Light Reading.

Telia Carrier , which has more than 200 PoPs around the world, is evaluating the latest round of metro 100G platforms to emerge from vendors, and is likely to make a deployment decision in the next few months, says Mattias Fridstrom, vice president of technology at TSIC.

"We're running a review now of who we should use, and we will need [100G gear] this year, especially in about five or six cities in the US," he says. "We probably will decide in the next three months."

TSIC already has optical gear from at least three different vendors in its network -- Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), Coriant and ADVA Optical Networking , the latter specifically in metro deployments. Among those three vendors, Infinera has the strongest US presence, however. While TSIC currently uses Infinera's DTN-X, the vendor late last year announced and started shipping its CloudXpress platform for metro data center interconnect and cloud applications. (See Infinera Targets Data Center Connectivity Market With Metro Platform and TeliaSonera IC Picks Infinera.)

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This year could very well see a rapidly increasing number of metro 100G evaluations and contract awards. Carriers such as Windstream and Comlink have recently announced deployments, and Verizon is rumored to be nearing a decision on metro 100G vendors as well. Carriers also will have a wide range of new dedicated metro platforms from which to choose. (See Comlink Turns On 100G With Transmode, Windstream Taps Cyan for 100G Upgrade, Ciena, Cisco Tipped for Verizon Metro 100G and Ciena Stirs Up the Metro Market.)

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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