Here's a Friday look at some of the network news from around the world:
British Telecom is launching a French invasion of sorts. They unveiled a new metro network in Paris and its suburbs this week. The initial three fiber loops and 10Gbps pipes wil be hooking up 10 data centers and bringing much of the business centers of Paris within range. BT operates an international footprint in 24 cities across six European countries hooking up some 3000 locations.
Orange Business is helping a compatriot multinational with some network needs. They've won a contract renewal and expansion with MAF-Carrefour Hypermarkets, which is a retail power in the Middle East. They've been working together for five years now, and this extension adds both three more years and the management of domestic WANs in the region.
The Hawaiki project followed up its selection of SubCom with two additional capacity sales. The Hawaiki cable will connect New Zealand and Australia to the US West Coast via Hawaii with stops along the way in the South Pacific. Australia's iiNet and New Zealand's Voyager have now both signed on for capacity on the system.
And EdgeCast has branched out into the Domain Name System market with what it bills as the world's fastest DNS service. DNS servers are a necessary piece of what makes the internet work, and a key piece of the CDN world too so it's not a big stretch for EdgeCast to roll its own there. Third party tests showed improvements of from 15% to 300% depending on competitor.
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