Time for a quick roundup of news from early this week or late last week, with contracts for Comcast Business and Geo Networks, a certification for DukeNet, and an expansion by Sovernet on its eastern flank:
Comcast Business won another high tech bandwidth hub deal this week. The Cambridge Innovation Center has tapped the cable MSO's fiber-based Business Ethernet services to the tune of 300Mbps. The bigger pipes will help power connectivity for the 500 tenant companies they host at their Boston-area incubator facility.
In the UK, Geo added another cloud provider to its list of dark fiber customers. They've been chosen by Tsohost for a bespoke dark fiber ring hooking up operations in Slough and Docklands. The 150km of infrastructure will traverse Geo's routes through the London sewer system, and provide the cloud hosting provider with all the potential bandwidth it could possibly need in the near future.
In the Carolinas, DukeNet has become the latest network operator to achieve Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. The regional operator will be using the standard's NNI building blocks and other next-generation Ethernet capabilities both to reach outside its own footprint and to offer greater access to its own. DukeNet has been rumored to be for sale over the last quarter or so, although it's been quiet on that front lately.
And in a deal I didn't see go through a few weeks ago up in northern New England, Sovernet has teamed up with the stimulus-powered FASTROADS to expand across the border from Vermont and into New Hampshire. The two have finalized an agreement giving Sovernet access to the new fiber FASTROADS has been building out in the New Hampshire counties of Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton.