While the goings on at XO and Level 3 have dominated the sector news this week, there have been a few expansionary notes worth a look:
abvt announced today that it is providing high bandwidth connectivity to Tutis Point, QiComm's new data center in Docklands, London. AboveNet has been expanding in Europe lately, but they have always been in London of course. On the M&A front, latest rumors suggest that bidding has stalled for AboveNet, but I think that anything we hear is probably lagging by a week or two.
France IX has expanded its network into TeleCityGroup's newest French data centre. The new PoP in Condorcet will be the internet exchange's eighth, as they already had seven spread between Paris and Marseille - including one at Courbevoie. Those large European IXs have been making more and more moves of their own lately.
And back in the US, bandwidth aggregator Mammoth Networks has expanded its Ethernet Aggregation product set, breaking into long-haul Layer 2 Ethernet. They'll be piloting the new product in 17 markets nationally. Mammoth also added Justin Nelson, CEO of Dash Carrier Services to its board. Dash, of course, was bought by Bandwidth.com earlier this year.
Finally, Pacnet has expanded it's network reach in Japan. The Pacific-based network operator is adding an additional two 10G waves between its Shima landing station and its PoP at Osaka. They need the extra capacity to support high demand for business continuity and disaster recovery in western Japan the aftermath of this Spring's earthquake. They have also enhanced their capabilities to take trafficfrom western Japan out through Shima instead of the Ajigaura landing station.
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