As we kick off the week let’s quickly finish off some news from last week that I didn’t get to:
Lightpath reached a big metro fiber milestone late last week, busting through the 6,000 on-net locations barrier. That’s all in a single metro area, albeit the USA’s largest one. Lightpath’s fiber now spans 5,422 route miles in the New York metro area alone, as they have been steadily expanding their depth for many years now.
Up in northern New England, Fairpoint continued to modernize its service portfolio. They’ve introduced cloud-based services, with the first one being hosted PBX. Hosted PBX services have been quietly but steadily taking marketshare from traditional business voice services all over the place, so it’s become a must-have.
CenturyLink won some federal bragging rights with a contract award from none other than the FCC. Their Savvis Federal Systems group will be supplying cloud hosting to the tune of $1.1M over the next three years. That means infrastructure-as-a-service for the FCC’s website and supporting infrastruct, including the migration from whatever they’ve been using thus far.
Two Asian-based network operators are seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to mobile data. Tata and PCCW have signed a peering agreement for IPX traffic, including HD voice and video. The two companies are moving to better serve the needs of 4G mobile phone customers, both in Asia and everywhere else they go.
And Interoute picked up Eurosport as a customer for its cloud services, specifically its video-as-a-service solution. The sports media group will use Internet’s video conferencing systems in their Paris HQ and key sites across the continent plus Hong Kong too. Interoute had already been providing VPN services to Eurosport, so it’s a natural follow-up.
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