Thanksgiving Roundup: OCG, Dakota Carrier, Windstream, NaviSite

November 23rd, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

It's a holiday weekend already in the US of course, but there's still a little news yet to catch up with on the US regional front, with items from OCG, Dakota Carrier, Windstream, and NaviSite.

In still soggy Manhattan, it's alternative fiber to the rescue at the 75 Broad data center that Sandy hit so hard. New York City's Optical Communications Group has pulled fiber into the building as emergency restoration services for affected voice carriers. They turned up enough bandwidth to handle 10,000 DS0 lines. With so much copper out of the game, all fiber operators in the area will be busy for years helping rebuild the city's infrastructure - not just Verizon.

Up in the northern Great Plains, Dakota Carrier says it is upgrading to 100G. The statewide North Dakota operator is using Ciena's coherent optical gear to bring bigger pipes to its customers. While the gear is 100G capable, though, I rather doubt they need too many circuits that big just yet up in Fargo.

Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) made two moves this week. First, they opened a big new mid-Atlantic data center in McLean. The 65,000 square foot facility joins the rest of their Hosted Solutions division's footprint. Second, they expanded their full suite of business services offerings deeper into Arkansas, bringing service into Hot Springs. Windstream has spent the year integrating its ILEC, CLEC, and Cloud pieces into a unified platform, but still has some work yet ahead.

And finally, TW Cable's NaviSite division announced a further expansion in North Carolina. The company will be adding a new cloud services node within TW Cable's Charlotte data center, giving them a deeper infrastructure base from which to serve enterprises of all sizes.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · Datacenter · Metro fiber · Telecom Equipment

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