Two interesting releases from abvt recently:
This morning, AboveNet announced further reductions in latency in its London metro market. Specifically, they are now claiming 225 microseconds from Slough to the City of London, one way. Intra-London latency for the financial traders has been a very competitive marketplace over the last year, with various providers claiming top honors depending on which two particular sites are being connected. We had another datapoint between Slough and London 7 months ago - euNetworks claimed sub-500 microseconds round trip, or sub-250 microseconds one way. That was a while ago and might not have been between the same endpoints, but it's a bit of context anyway. Soon we're going to need to talk nanoseconds...
And yesterday down in Texas, they added a contract with TrustComm under which they will be connecting various leading oil and gas companies in Houston to TrustComm's teleport, which in turn links them via satellite to sites across Africa and elsewhere. TrustComm's teleport and NOC lie on Ellington Joint Reserve Base, adjacent to Nasa's Johnson Space Center, and only began targeting Africa via satellite last year.
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