With the travel, I have been playing catch-up all week on other news. Here's another roundup, this time of network operator news:
Zayo picked up a wholesale carrier customer in New York City and norther New Jersey. They started delivering two dark fiber rings plus colocation to IX Reach there starting in October. The infrastructure gives IX Reach access to the key data centers at 111 8th Ave, 60 Hudson, 32 Ave of the Americas, 85 10th Ave, 325 Hudson, 165 Halsey, and 276 Hartz Way. It's a 15 year deal, with expansion over the next two years as demand requires.
Level 3 had some success over in Germany, winning an expanded relationship with ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. They had been providing services to the group since 2009, and after this expansion will be providing CDN to ProSiebenSat.1 Digital, DDOS mitigation to ProSiebenSat.1 Games, and high speed IP to ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion.
Lightower is now an authorized vendor in the smallest US state, which also happens to have the longest formal name. Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations) has awarded them the status in the IP Data Circuit category, allowing them to offer Ethernet, Waves, SONET, dark fiber, internet, and Colo to the various agencies, municipalities, and educational institutions. Rhode Island is deep within Lightower's footprint of course, but often gets passed over by network operators on the way from New York to Boston.
Transbeam is planning some winter promotional pricing in an effort to spur some additional growth. They've cut prices for both Ethernet-over-Copper and fiber, and are offering additional incentives to their channel partners -- in this case luxury vacations in Puerto Rico. Good timing given the temperature out there lately for much of the country.
And back in the New York metro area again, Pangaea Networks is rolling out an Ethernet upgrade. Using the Swedish vendor Transmode's packet-optical gear, they're moving their optical network up to 10G Carrier Ethernet 2.0 across their network. The upgrade is expected to be completed in early 2015.
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