Tuesday Roundup: tw telecom, SRP, Hurricane Electric, Interoute, Equinix

May 6th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick look at some news from the past few days: two from the US metro fiber biz, two from the European IP/MPLS front, and one data center deal down under.

tw telecom has offered details on its expansion plans in two more markets. On Friday it was down in Nashville where they’re extending their footprint out from downtown to the west side of the airport. And yesterday it was the San Francisco Bay Area getting its share, with extra density into the East Bay and South Bay areas.  Lots of markets yet to go yet on tw telecom’s list.

Ciena is helping boost capacity on a metro/regional fiber network we don’t hear from often. Arizona’s Salt River Project has tapped their packet optical platform to modernize its network in and around Pheonix. The utility needs to upgrade in order to implement a smarter grid.

Over in Europe, Zayo’s not the only one making a move in France. Hurricane Electric’s steady European expansion has taken it to Marseilles, where they have established a new PoP at SFR Netcenter.  Lots of the international capacity to and through the Middle East comes ashore in and around Marseilles.  I wonder if given their sustained interest in the region Hurricane Electric might  be a dark horse acquirer of assets in Europe at some point.

Interoute says it will be providing a private network for Sappi Fine Paper Europe. The papermaker has tapped them for a hybrid solution connecting its HQ with eight paper mills around western Europe plus its locations in the US and South Africa. The first set get hooked up directly via Interoute’s MPLS backbone while the rest are connected across the public internet.  Interoute is definitely another potential player in Euro fiber M&A.

Equinix added some more business from Vocus Communications. Already a customer across six facilities worldwide, Vocus is moving into Equinix’s new Melbourne ME-1 facility as the first tenant. Vocus’s US-AU-NZ network is one I hadn’t run into before now.

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