It's time for a quick roundup of network news from the metro to the Middle East:
The Southeastern independent fiber builder and operator FiberLight has won a 20 year dark fiber deal in the education vertical. They're supplying the University of Virginia with connectivity between the school's main Charlottesville campus and its main data center up in northern Virginia. FiberLight built its fuly underground route to Charlottesville a couple years back after first building a loop out to Culpeper. The company has been busy building out fiber out in Texas lately.
XO has introduced an integrated solution combining hosted PBX and contact center on demand. That seems like a natural enough combination, and a logical addition to XO's portfolio. They've long been strong on hosted VoIP for the enterprise market, and for the last year or two have been working hard to take advantage of cloud computing.
365 Main picked up a network partner down in Tennessee. The regional carrier iRis Networks is now providing services in their Nashville data center. iRis serves Tenessee plus pieces of the surrounding states with some 5,000 route miles of fiber. The Nashville facility is one of those that 365 Main bought from Equinix last year, and for which they kicked off expansion plans soon thereafter.
And in the Middle East, Epsilon Telecommunications is moving into Etisalat's SmartHub in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Theyre deploying their Middle Eastern network exchange there, supporting regional interconnections, capacity trading, and restoration services across the region. All the recent submarine network activity in the region has expanded access to and from the carriers in the Persian Gulf and surrounding countries, bringing in more interconnection and outsourcing opportunities.