Google Shakes the Foundations of 111 8th

May 22nd, 2011

According to a report on Data Center Dynamics, Google has taken all available space at the key New York City colocation facility of 111 8th off the market.  They bought the 3M square foot building over the winter for $1.9B, taking charge of a facility populated by a who’s who of the datacenter and carrier world.  Equinix, Digital Realty Trust, and Telx all operate huge tracts of space there, and the facility is home to a very wide range of network operators. [Read more →]

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Telecom Ramblings Jobs: Lynx Network Group

May 20th, 2011

Over on the Jobs Board, we have a new job posting from Kalamazoo-based Lynx Network Group, a wholesale and retail telecommunications service provider in the Midwest.  Lynx is looking for a Layer 3 Manager / Network IT Manager.  Last year Lynx along with several partners won stimulus funding for about 1,000 miles of fiber connecting various parts of rural Michigan.  Already underway, half of that buildout is expected to be done by the end of 2011, with the rest in 2012.  And of course part of that buildout means jobs, and this appears to be one of them.  You can find a link to the map of the proposed fiber route over in [Read more →]

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Fiber Friday 5-20: Optimum Lightpath, SURFnet, Pacific Fibre

May 20th, 2011

Time to catch up on a few deals:

Optimum Lightpath continued its offensive in the education vertical by adding yet another New Jersey school district.  The 1,615 middle and high school students and 142 faculty of the River Dell Regional School District now have a 100Mbps Ethernet connection to the internet, replacing a paltry 3Mbps connection.  And by paltry, I mean [Read more →]

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A Ramblings’ Reader Survey

May 20th, 2011

Telecom Ramblings wishes to know more about its audience.  This survey contains only three questions and will take less than minute.  Please [Read more →]

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More Fiber M&A: euNetworks Scoops Up LambdaNet

May 19th, 2011

Another opportunistic fiber M&A happened today, but this time it was over in Europe.  euNetworks (SIN:H23, news) is nearly doubling its weight with the purchase of LambdaNet from 3U Holdings.  LambdaNet’s network lies mostly in Germany, with a bit in both the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Austria.  That includes metro networks in Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Copenhagen – the last of which will be a new market for euNetworks.  LambdaNet also operates 25 [Read more →]

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Sidera Teams Up With Allied Fiber

May 19th, 2011

Northeastern regional and metro operator Sidera Networks (news) added some more fiber to its network today by leveraging the new buildout by Allied Fiber.  Sidera will add dark fiber routes in New Jersey and Virginia.  Allied Fiber’s route brings diversity to Sidera’s paths through the mid-Atlantic region.  Meanwhile, Allied Fiber will have access to Sidera’s footprint between Piscataway and [Read more →]

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Global Roundup 5-19: TAT-14, KDDI, Pacnet, and Global Crossing

May 19th, 2011

There were several items of interest in the international arena lately.

TAT-14, the consortium-owned transatlantic cable, is finally going to get a big upgrade.  Mitsubishi Electric announced that it signed a contract to add 40Gbps DWDM capability, which according to the PR will increase the cable’s total capacity by a factor of [Read more →]

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The Federated CDN Cometh

May 19th, 2011

For some years now I have thought that the CDN world at some point would find a way to interconnect with itself.  By that I mean that until now, each content delivery network lives in isolation on top of an IP ocean, exchanging nothing directly with its neighbors.  Yet the idea of seamless caching and delivery across multiple cooperating CDNs is very attractive from a design standpoint, and I know that many on the bandwidth side have seen it in the future for a long while.  Just in the last few days though, I have heard the emerging name for this, the ‘Federated CDN’, start to make real noise.  [Read more →]

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Clearwire Outsources to Ericsson

May 18th, 2011

That Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR, news, filings) is looking for ways to cut costs and thus improve its operational position by any means necessary is not a secret.  I suppose I should have expected them to take a page from the book of their largest shareholder, Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) and outsource network operations to Ericsson, but it hadn’t yet occurred to me.  But that’s exactly what they did according to [Read more →]

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Google’s Kansas City Project Expands to Kansas City

May 18th, 2011

Ok, back in March when Google announced that the lucky community to get its 1Gbps FTTH present would be Kansas City, Kansas, I gave them a bit of a hard time for picking the smaller one to deploy fiber in while getting the marketing boost of the bigger one’s name.  Well, I’m not saying they listened to me (actually, I’m sure they didn’t), but apparently the Google guys have now decided to expand the project to the other side of the river as well. At least now we know what the other 1000 communities needed to to to get some Google-love.  Yep, just [Read more →]

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Lightower Crisscrosses the Hudson

May 18th, 2011

Northeastern fiber operator Lightower also announced a network expansion yesterday, unveiling a new route crossing the Hudson River.  That makes six such crossings for Lightower, increasing even further its network depth in the Hudson Valley. The new route, which I believe shows up on the clipping of Lightower’s network map below, crosses the Hudson to the south of the Tappan Zee bridge between the counties of Westchester and Rockland.  It crosses the Hudson at a narrower point and will help reduce latency [Read more →]

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Yet More Fiber for Memphis Says Zayo

May 17th, 2011

Zayo says it is both expanding and adding capacity to its Memphis network.  That network derives from its purchase of Memphis Networx, which was one of its earliest purchases back in 2007.  Zayo plans to increase its coverage to 425 route miles with connectivity to more than 350 enterprise buildings and an increased fiber count, adding a total of 20,000 fiber miles to be added  and extending [Read more →]

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