Network Bytes: euNetworks, Zayo, NORDUnet, XO, Level 3

May 20th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

It’s time for a roundup of network news from the past few days that is worth a quick look:

Over in the UK, Virtus Data Centres has tapped euNetworks for some fiber connctivity. euNetworks is delivering highly scalable connectivity to their LONDON2 facility via diverse ducts, multiple sub-ducts, and high fiber count cables. The facility is in the west London town of Hayes, near where euNetworks recently invested a new duct and fiber expansion.

Zayo followed up its announced purchases of Geo Networks and Neo Telecoms with a bit of balance sheet work. They’ve amended their credit agreement, tacking on $275M to their term loan facility, which now tips the scales at $2.015B. I’m sure there’s more where that came from should they find further targets, there always is.

In northern Europe, the research and education network NORDUnet is transforming its network. With the help of Ciena’s converged packet optical platform and software, they’ll now have programmable 100G OTN switching on tap. It’s the first project under DANTE’s project Prism framework.

Back in the US, XO has unveiled a new customer portal. myXO is aimed at giving customers greater transparency, the ability to access it from nearly any device, and one-button callback. Yep, they’ll know more about what’s going on inside XO than we do, I guess.

And late last week, Level 3 had two key customer wins that I managed to miss. With Alianza at their back, they’ve sold their Carrier Cloud Voice solution to Vyve Broadband. And they won a nice federal contract from the GSA. They’ll be delivering connectivity and SIP trunking to nearly 300 U.S. Courts locations around the country.  That’s the sort of contract you’d expect one of the big guys to snag.

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