Here's a Wednesday look at some of the happenings in the metro and regional fiber world from this week:
In the Midwest, US Signal is expanding its IP network out in Wisconsin. They are deploying two Cisco core routers in their Madison data center, giving their metro and regional presence a boost. The expansion will cut latency from 10-15ms down to 4-5ms by eliminating the need to go through Chicago, and provide big pipes for their cloud services.
Out west, Integra picked up a government contract with the state of Oregon, providing service to some 75 locations. The upgrades will help the state's agencies, municipalities, and community partners with better network reliability, particularly for the MPLS and VoIP solutions that have been a growing part of things.
Level 3 continued to roll down in the southern hemisphere, picking up an enterprise contract in Argentina. They're providing both connectivity and network management services for the cement company Cementos Avellaneda S.A., hooking up sites regionally in both Argentina and neighboring Uruguay.
And back in my own turf in New Jersey, Cross River Fiber offered up an update on its 2013 progress. Their latest move is a 130 foot high galvanized steel monopole in Mahwah from which they'll be deploying low latency microwave and millimeter wave solutions. Those will nicely complement the specialized fiber routes they have also spent the year shaving microseconds off of.