It's time for a Friday roundup from the network world:
In the Northeast, Lightower signed a regional bank to a key bandwidth contract expansion. Provident Bank has selected them for a 30+ site custom Ethernet network, hooking up their branches across the Hudson Valley region in New York State. The two have been working together since 2005.
For that Amazon AWS article earlier this week it seems I missed a service provider. tw telecom has also boosted its support for AWS Direct Connect, launching its eLynk Express service. tw telecom has spent the year building its next-gen Intelligent Network, and the sort of flexible, dynamic connectivity cloud users are dreaming of is exactly what tw has had in mind. While their PR came out an hour or two later, their upgraded AWS support may be the most significant of the bunch if everything works as advertised.
GTT is bringing some additional US resources to bear on its global IP and Ethernet backbone. They're opening a new client service center out in Iowa in order to support their growing wholesale and multinational enterprise client list. GTT of course bought Inteliquent's backbone earlier this year, combining it with the PacketExchange and nLayer networks it had previously acquired. Inteliquent's backbone derived from Italy's Tinet, and it looks as if GTT is balancing the European manpower with a larger US presence.
And TeliaSonera International Carrier has found a new US market to expand its international IP backbone to. They've opened a PoP at One Summer Street in downtown Boston. TeliaSonera has been adding breadth to its USA footprint steadily in recent years, getting more use out of the Viking fiber network and the 100G they rolled out on it last year.