To finish off this snowy week, two independent, regional network interconnections from the US, and two international items of interest.
Enventis, which is now a part of Consolidated Communications, has partnered up with some municipal fiber to expand its reach up in Minnesota. They're working with AccessEagan, which operates a 17-mile open-access business fiber network in, you guessed it, Eagan, Minnesota. Thus they extend their reach without having to dig up the streets some more.
Further south, two adjacent regional network operators are teaming up to expand their Ethernet reach. Arkansas-based Ritter Communications and Tennessee-based iRis Networks have established a fiber Ethernet interconnection, giving both companies better access to endpoints in a swath of territory stretching from Atlanta to Dallas.
Over in Europe, Code42 is expanding its European presence. They're adding colo space at EvoSwitch's flagship AMS1 data center in Amsterdam, from which they will offer their backup, disaster recovery, and file sync services. With all the data center M&A activity in Europe at the moment, I wonder when EvoSwitch's name will come up on either side of the table.
And Tata is helping a team aiming for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. They are now the communications partner for TeamIndus, the Indian competitor in the competition. To win, one has to land a spacecraft on the moon, have it travel at least 500 meters, and transmit HD video, images, and data back to Earth. Communications is a big piece of that, and Tata's global network infrastructure certainly makes them the logical partner. Now about that fiber-to-the-moon project...
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