Ah, it's good to be back in the US after another long stint abroad. I'm almost past the jet lag, so here's a quick Friday roundup before the weekend gets rolling:
Consolidated Communications is taking action to reduce its energy consumption with a little help from Cartesian and Elutions. Cartesian will be deploying Elutions' smart building platform at key operating facilities across Consolidated's footprint, i.e. the ones that account for 65$ of the company's energy consumption. They expect 16% in annual energy cost savings from the real-time analytics and automated environmental controls.
tw telecom's network buildout announcements kept on rolling this week with details on their expansion in Sin City. The Las Vegas metro area expansions will see fiber into the suburbs to both the north and south. Towns to be brought on-net include North Las Vegas, Spring Valley, and Henderson with the total route miles in the market more than doubling. tw telecom originally entered Las Vegas via the Xspedius deal, if I recall correctly.
Unite Private Networks has been quite busy cutting ribbons lately. Yesterday was the grand opening of their city-wide network in Little Rock, Arkansas, with 1Gbps connections to all 56 facilities of the Little Rock School District. And today they're cutting the ribbon on a similar effort in Grand Island, Nebraska that brings 10Gbps to 19 school facilities there. Both metro networks give them a starting point to take on the enterprise market there.
And if you've been wondering what Verizon has been doing with EdgeCast since the acquisition, they provided an update this week. Verizon Digital Media Services has built out the former EdgeCast content delivery network into more than 20 cities around the world, entering Warsaw, Stockholm, Milan, Vienna, Melbourne, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, Batam, Jakarta and Sao Paulo. They've also added more PoPs in the well-traveled European data markets of London, Madrid, Paris, and Amsterdam. It's nice to have deep pockets.