And I do mean catchup - I've been on the road for the last 36 hours, and so I apologize for falling a bit behind! Here's a quick look at some news to close out the week from DukeNet, CenturyLink, Hibernia Atlantic, and FiberMedia:
On the regional fiber front, DukeNet Communications says that it is expanding its Ethernet network across the Southeast with Cisco's ASR 9000. Since a capital infusion from Alinda two years ago, DukeNet has been steadily raising its profile and moving beyond fiber and basic transport toward layer 3 services. This upgrade is a step along their path to IP/MPLS services. They have installed the Cisco routers in their main markets in the Carolinas, with additional expansion to several more plus Atlanta, Knoxville, and Nashville to come.
CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) won a $20M federal VoIP contract in GSA Region 8. That's the Rockies of course, and more specifically Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah -- i.e. former Qwest turf. CenturyLink will provide federal offices with both hosted and premises-based VoIP solutions under the auspices of the Networx Enterprise contract.
Hibernia Atlantic has added another financial customer for its Global Financial Network. CME Group's giant new Aurora data center is now a new PoP on the network, with ultra-low latency connectivity up to 10G. Hibernia's Project Express is still in the works for late next year, which will give them a transatlantic latency advantage.
And FiberMedia says it has received SSAE 16 certification across all its facilities. The SSAE 16 standard is in the process of replacing the older SAS 70, bringing the judgement critera for data centers into the modern area. FiberMedia operates data centers across five markets in the New York City metro area plus one out in Cleveland.
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