The Telstra-Ericsson love continues. On Monday, Ericsson announced Telstra will expand its Ericsson-based LTE buildout and start trying out LTE-Advanced with the vendor as well. On the optical side, Telstra is not only re-upping with Ericsson as a core optical vendor but is now using Ericsson's gear for metro and regional networks as well. The press release describes Ericsson as a "prime supplier" for those parts of the networks, implying that the deal isn't exclusive. The transition to coherent 100Gbit/s gives optical vendors a relatively rare chance to unseat one another at carriers. Ericsson hasn't been as visible as Alcatel-Lucent or Ciena Corp. in terms of announcements. For more
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