I have been battling a cold over the past few days, so it's time to catch up a bit on the news items that slipped past my nets last week.
Western regional service provider 360Networks announced further enhancements to its wholesale VoIP platform. They now offer support for SMS/MMS and a new metered inbound pricing model. I keep wondering what lies in 360Network's path over the next few years. The combination of intercity transport and wholesale VoIP seems lonely, in need of some additions to the portfolio. The company's unique footprint would seem to make them a prime candidate for M&A this year.
Digital Realty continued its strong growth trajectory, announcing plans for some 170,000 square feet of new Turn-Key Datacenter space, spread across northern NJ, northern VA, San Franscisco, Dallas, and London. They also announced new construction plans at existing properties in Chicago, St.Louis, Charlotte, Dallas, and Boston. The datacenter business is in a great zone right now, with customers leasing space as fast as can be built out. That can't last forever, obviously, but they'll enjoy it as long as possible.
Across the Atlantic, Interoute will be providing low latency connectivity to trading firm BATS Europe. Financial institutions will be able to lease direct connections via the Interoute's Fast Trade specialty bandwidth service. The interesting point of this deal to me is that BATS provides trading in and between some 16 countries in Europe, which seems to extend the bounds of the low latency battle beyond the major markets.
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