Time to finish off the week with a quick roundup of news items worth a quick look:
Zayo has been implementing 100G on its intercity backbone route by route over the past year or two. This quarter they took the buildout to a new route on the busy New York to Ashburn corridor, with endpoints at 111 8th in New York City, 165 Halsey in Newark, 2401 Locust in Philadelphia, and 44470 Chilum in Ashburn.
CenturyLink has added another notch to its federal contract belt with a 5 year $1.7M deal. They'll be building a fiber network that will have protection from high-altitude electromagnetic pulses for DISA. It will hook up the Shriever, Peterson, and Cheyenne Mountain bases for the US Air Force. That fiber will be buried within steel pipe and encased in concrete conduit.
The managed services provider Masergy won a unified communications contract this week. Decision Toolbox will use their UCaaS solution to connect its geographically distributed workforce. Masergy got into the UC business with the purchase of Broadcore a couple years ago, nice to see them making progress with it.
And on the international front, Orange Business Services also won itself a unified communications deal this week with JTI, or Japan Tobacco International. It's initially a 104 site, 40 country deployment hooking up 20,000 users and is based on Microsoft Lync 2013. The five year deal will get started with one deployed site each week for the next two years, starting in Europe and Russia.