Here’s a quick look at some other news from across the space that’s worth a look.
In a piece on its Beyond Bandwidth corporate blog this week, Level 3 is warning of a new DDoS attack vector. The company saw an otherwise helpful network utility called Portmapper being increasingly used for evil purposes. The global DDoS threat has become steadily more sophisticated even as the industry has stepped up its security efforts.
Windstream is taking to the airwaves in Philadelphia. They have unveiled a fixed wireless offering in the city, providing a high speed access alternative to the usual options. It’s the company’s sixth fixed wireless market, along with Chicago, New York, northern New Jersey, Milwaukee, and Boston.
Ciena won some network business down in Brazil yesterday. Rio De Janeiro’s TCR Telecom is using Ciena’s packet networking gear to support the open access fiber network it operates in Rio’s port region. It’s part of a revitalization project there, attempting to reclaim a part of the city that has fallen behind.
And Alcatel-Lucent picked up a key IP backbone deal with Telefonica. Their gear is powering an upgrade to Telefonica’s fixed and mobile networks that is needed to support the boom in data and especially video. Alcatel-Lucent’s routers will help them simplify the network from 8 layers down to four, with the IP service edge moving closer to the customer. They’ll be starting off in Murcia, Spain.
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