Time for an end-of-week look at a cross section of network news from Zayo, 24/7, DukeNet, Tata, and Level 3:
Zayo says it is extending its IP backbone into Las Vegas, taking advantage of its existing pool of assets. Zayo's IP backbone derives from the AboveNet purchase, while it's Las Vegas metro fiber footprint comes largely from the AFS deal and its colo footprint from last year's purchase of MarquisNET. AboveNet tended to focus its IP network on the very largest markets where it was fiber-rich, but given the full range of fiber assets available to Zayo we can expect them to keep adding on-ramps like this one.
24/7 Mid-Atlantic has added another data center to its Maryland fiber footprint. They've built fiber into Expedient Data Centers' Tide Point facility in Baltimore. Expedient added another 10,000 square feet to their Baltimore footprint last year, giving them 22,000 square feet at present.
Further south down in the Carolinas, DukeNet is also bringing another data center on-net. They're building diverse fiber routes into Sentinel's big new NC-1 facility. Construction on the Durham data center started late last year, and the first phase will be commissioned this quarter.
Fresh off the naming of a new CEO, the first contract win by Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) was of the CDN variety. The Dune Group is using their Site Transformer services to improve their online retail experience, as well as to further expand its effective reach beyond the UK. Tapping the UK enterprise market to balance the softness in UK government revenues has been an ongoing project since the Global Crossing acquisition.
And this week's global WAN contract went to the Indian giant Tata Communications. They're delivering unified communications on a redesigned WAN infrastructure for Mott MacDonald. The project consultancy group has signed on for a 5 year, $20M+ deal.
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