Here's a quick roundup of some other news from around the world from this week:
TI Sparkle is extending its global IP backbone into some new territory. They have signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran's TIC through which they will add a new IP PoP to Seabone. TIC will therefore be better able to meet the demand of Iranian customers for IP services, and Sparkle wil get a foot in a particularly stubborn door.
IPC Systems is expanding its global netowrk into an additional set of US markets. They are enabling PoPs in Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC with their managed-network-as-a-service capabilities. That let's them extend the reach of their Connexus extranet marketplace, latency-sensitive Ethernet connectivity, and MPLS corporate WAN soutions.
In Virginia, Lumos Networks has rolled out gigabit broadband in Botetourt County. That's part of their ILEC footprint of course, where they are rolling out fiber to the premises for both residential and business customers. Lumos has been building out regional and metro fiber in southeastern Virginia with gusto, but we haven't heard as much from the ILEC side of things. There has been speculation lately that Lumos might sell off the ILEC business to focus on its newer projects, which wouldn't surprise me.
In Sweden, Ericsson has opened a new Global ICT center. The new 20,000 square meter facility in Rosersberg is aimed at supporting nextgen cloud and mobile infrastructure R&D. They previously opened one in Linkoping a year ahd a half ago, and have another one planned for Montreal later this year. When all three are ready, they say it will result in a 40% reduction in energy usage relative to the 2012 test labe energy baseline.