Tuesday Roundup: Megafon, Zayo, China Unicom, Savvis, Akamai

November 19th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick look at some of the news from the past day and a half:

China Unicom is expanding its US network presence. They have added a PoP up in Seattle in the key Westin Building. The US subsidiary offers bandwidth from T1 all the way up to 10G and low latency routes to China over the TPE system.   International operators of all stripes seem to have developed a new appreciation for US network coverage lately.

Russia’s Megafon says it has finished the first phase of its DREAM project, a 100G Eurasian intercontinental buildout. With Huawei providing the ULH gear with SD-FEC technology, they are building out big pipes on 8700km of fiber from Frankfurt to the Kazakhstan-China border.

Zayo had its own big pipe news today back in the USA. They’re providing 1Tbps worth of superchannel capacity to the Supercomputing 2013 conference this week. That’s over Infinera’s DTN-X gear of course. Zayo will also be demonstrating rapid provisioning of 100GbE from the show floor in Denver to Chicago.

CenturyLink’s Savvis division is breaking ground on a new data center up north in Canada. They’re building a new facility in Markham outside of Toronto, which will give them four in all. The TR3 facility will give them another 100,000 square feet with 5MW of IT load when it goes live in the summer of 2014.

And Akamai continued its steady dominance of the cloud CDN vertical with a win at Virgin America. The airline is using their site acceleration and other services to improve both speed and quality to their website, both for desktops and mobile. Virgin had been having some trouble with slow loading pages, which of course is what Akamai has specialized in for a rather long while now.

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