The summer season is over, and a flurry of interesting news has hit the wires already this week.
CityFibre got some additional traction in the Scottish city of Edinburgh this morning. Back in March, they announced plans to make Edinburgh one of their “Gigabit City” projects with a 50km initial buildout. This morning, they won a 7 year deal to bring fiber to another 294 council-owned sites, replacing an existing contract held by BT. The deal is worth a minimum of £5.6M and up to £16M with extensions, and will see another 100km of infrastructure built out over the next 12 months.
The pan-African carrier Liquid Telecom has been busy getting certified by the MEF. This week they announced that they’ve received Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification, the first company in their region to manage it. Liquid Telecom’s Ethernet and fiber reach stretches from Uganda to South Africa, and has been one of the continent’s most interesting terrestrial network stories for some years now.
Back in the USA, EdgeConneX has partnered with another regional internet exchange. They’ve hooked up with the Northwest Access Exchange, or NWAX, in Portland, Oregon, and will be bringing a new remote NWAX node online in the fourth quarter of this year. EdgeConneX has been helping shake up the data center interconnection market over the past year or two by building facilities closer to eyeball network distribution points and facilitating direct connections between content and the last mile. They’ve had a flurry of recent announcements bringing in connectivity to IX fabrics located in these edge markets, further accelerating the trend.
And finally, Verizon jumped all the way onto Cisco’s SDN bandwagon this morning. They unveiled a new software-defined WAN service that is powered by Cicso’s Intelligent WAN technology. Both Verizon and Cisco will be marketing the managed solution to their respective enterprise customer bases in the US, with EMEA to follow.
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