Here's a quick roundup of some news from competitive network operators this week, with an expansion by Hurricane Electric, customer contracts for Geo and EarthLink, and some new board members at Zayo.
Hurricane Electric continued on its European expansion this week with its second new PoP this mornth. They've now added a node to their IPv4 and IPv6 backbones in Copenhagen at Interxion's facility. Just two weeks ago they moved into Madrid, and have been adding other nodes to the east lately as well.
Over in the UK, Geo Networks picked up a new dark fiber customer. Connexions for London (C4L) is using Geo's London metro footprint to reach its presence at the the Virtus' Enfield data center with dedicated fiber. Geo's London network traverses the Victorian sewers at a depth of 3-10m.
Earthlink won a cloud voice deal with Ideal Software Systems. The Mississippi-based developer of ecommerce solutions has selected their hosted IP PBX product rather than spend capex on a PBX and take advantage of all the features VoIP can bring to the enterprise these days. Nice to see Earthlink winning cloud voice deals in the territory of the former Deltacom.
And Zayo has added two new outside directors to its board, bringing in industry ringers Don Gips and Stephany Comfort. Gips was a longtime Level 3 executive who went on to serve with the Obama administration, while Comfort was the same over at CenturyLink and Qwest. Hmmm, a few more outside directors of this sort might be a step along the path to an IPO not so far down the line for Zayo.