Still on the road today, but here's a set of quick takes on news from the sector:
GTT has filled out its portfolio a bit more. This morning they formally introduced SIP trunking across their global network. They got into the SIP world just a few months ago with the acquisition of One Source Networks, and have quickly expanded its scope across their international IP and Ethernet backbone.
Global Capacity has further expanded its Ethernet reach across the country. They have invested in Ethernet-over-Copper capabilities in an addtional 830 central offices, enabling them to reach into 230K new commercial addresses. They got into the EoC business directly via the purchase of MegaPath's wholesale network division just over a year ago, a deal that dramatically expanded the company's size and scope.
Windstream says it has achieved a key certification. They have completed the MEF's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification process, giving them a potential boost in their ability to interconnect and interoperate with other Ethernet networks. After spinning off its network assets as CS&L and then selling its data centers to Tierpoint in 2015, I'm curious to see what direction Windstream heads in this year.
And Xtera has picked up a significant contract in the Caribbean. C&W Networks is using their gear to upgrade its submarine capacity to 100G. That includes the Gemini-Bermuda system, the Caribbean-US cable system, the East West cable system, the Eastern Caribbean Fiber system, and part of the ARCOS-1 ring. Xtera's gear was able to help bypass some intermediate sites that would otherwise have needed back-to-back terminal equipment as had been done for 10G.