BBWN Bites: PON, 5G to Propel Corning
Also in today's roundup: Zayo's Windy City win, Vodafone's disconnect, KPN's final sale and two approaches to IoT.
PON and 5G will propel Corning to compound annual growth rates of 6% to 8% between 2020 and 2023, according to Corning's updated financial forecasts. The company said its optical communications unit should grow approximately twice as fast as the passive optical market, driven by 5G and next-gen hyperscale data centers, Corning said. (See Corning Sees Growth Ahead Thanks to PON, 5G.)
An anonymous tech company chose Zayo Group to supply its dark fiber to provide extra high-performance capacity between its data centers. Zayo has more than 1,600 route miles of dark fiber connecting 35-plus data centers in the Windy City, along with four colocation data centers for a total footprint of 258,000 square feet. Dark fiber's powerful, positive effect on speed and latency, especially in competitive industries like finance and tech, often equate to a competitive edge -- and NDAs.
According to Down Detector UK, nearly half of Vodafone's network problems yesterday (46%) related to home broadband issues, while just over a quarter (26%) had to do with mobile phone and mobile Internet. Vodafone's problems extended beyond Britain into Ireland, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Germany, and were caused by an international data pipe, the BBC reported.
KPN wrapped up the sale of its last shares in Telefónica Deutschland Holding (TEFD). The Dutch incumbent will retain proceeds from the sale to "increase operational and financial flexibility."
Helium launched its peer-to-peer IoT hotspot in Austin, Texas, with plans for nationwide shipping in the fourth quarter. Its WiFi hotspot doesn't use high-speed bandwidth. Rather, it taps open source LongFi to connect IoT up to 200-times further than WiFi. Helium is attaching its hotspots to everything from dog collars to Uber or Lyft cars to ride-share scooters. (See Helium Starts Selling IoT Hotspots in US.)
A Dark Fiber Gale Blows Into Town
Zayo recently inked a deal to provide dark fiber to a large, unnamed tech company in Chicago, it said.
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