Monday news between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a bit scarce, but it's out there if you look:
TeliaSonera International Carrier continued the expansion of its US reach this morning with a new PoP out in the Great Plains. They have expanded into the Nebraska Colocation Center's Omaha facility, from which they will distribute traffic to the midwest and hook up to key operators and research institutions. That gives them 60 PoPs nationwide now, with more being added steadily.
MRV picked up an optical transport customer over in Europe. The Austrian regional provider Citynet is using a variety of MRV gear to expand both the capacity it can deliver and its reach into more regions of the country. Citnet operates a network in the Tirol and Hall Wattens as well as well as data centers in Innsbruck, Hall in Tirol, and Absam.
Today also saw a bit of interesting consolidation in the IT/managed services space. ePlus has announced the acquisition of Connecticut-based IGX, which will boost the solutions provider's security portfolio. Terms were not disclosed, but IGX had annual revenues in the neighborhood of $51M.
CenturyLink picked up some more Federal business. The Department of Homeland Security has awarded them an service expansion contract for EINSTEIN 3 Accelerated. They had already been offering E3A cybersecurity protections to the agencies they serve themselves, but CenturyLink will now be able to do the same served by other ISPs.
And over the weekend, Google apparently embarked in another African metro fiber project. They have launched a buildout in Accra, the capital of Ghana, which will also be reaching out into Tema and Kumasi as well. In all, 1200km of metro fiber is planned, which is a substantial project in any market.
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