A quick roundup of items worth a quick look before you take off for the weekend:
The international carrier division of Swedish incumbent TeliaSonera AB (ETR:TLS, news, filings) has been steadily expanding IP network in the US over the last few years. Today they added a PoP in Seattle giving them 35 across 23 cities nationally. If nothing else, Teliasonera IC is clearly maneuvering to take advantage of the Level 3/Global Crossing merger as one of the largest alternatives with global scale in the wholesale IP transit business. But I'm slightly surprised they weren't already in Seattle, it's usually one of the earlier targets.
Not to be outdone, Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) has also recently added global PoPs to its network. Yesterday they announced Private IP service to eight countries in the Middle East and Africa: Bahrain, Qatar, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Gabon. No doubt they are taking advantage of all the new bandwidth coming online in that part of the world, which is helping lower costs and bringing in more MNC interest in network expansion.
On the CDN front, Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW, news, filings) says that it is teaming up with Conviva to provide video performance monitoring and enhanced analytics across its infrastructure. The idea is to give customers more information about how to better target their audience, which fits in nicely with the company's move up the food chain to more managed services. Las Vegas-based Roberts Communications Network is the first to try out the new technology.
In the colo space, Reality Check Network has renewed its arrangement with Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings). The managed hosting provider is leveraging IBXs in both New York and Silicon Valley to power its growth.
And finally, Zayo picked up another fiber client in Indiana. ExteNet has signed on for a bunch of dark fiber in and around Indianapolis, with which it will extend its distributed network solutions. ExteNet provides indoor and outdoor distributed wireless networks for complicated situations, like large hotels, venues, or transportation corridors. They'll be using the dark fiber to help backhaul that traffic. Indiana is one of Zayo's oldest markets, picked up from Indiana Fiber Works back in 2007 - with lots of investment since then.
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