TGIF. Here's a quick recap of some other news from this week that I didn't quite get to in any detail:
Level 3 found some more gaming success for its content delivery platform this week. Hitbox.tv is now using their CDN platform to power the in-game streaming and interaction for its online community worldwide. Vienna, Austria-based Hitbox claims a gamer audience in the tens of millions.
Vodafone India is going to be outsourcing much of the operation and maintenance of its fiber network. They've tapped Ericsson for a three year deal spanning 10 'telecom circles' (a.k.a regions) covering some 45,000 route kilometers of network in east and west India. Ericsson says it now manages some 225,000 kilometers of fiber in the country.
Back in the USA, Conterra Broadband says it has lit a new network for the El Paso Independent School District. The 10G network supports 104 locations, including both schools and administrative offices, connecting them up to the district's data center. EPISD serves some 60K students and 9.5K staff.
In Nebraska, Unite Private Networks continued to add regional customers to its rolls with another network partnership. They are now providing connectivity for Omaha-based WorldView, a specialist in document management solutions. WorldView will use the fiber connectivity to power its cloud-based ECM offerings.
And in some interesting vendor news, ADVA Optical Networking has revealed a bit of what it will be doing with the assets of its recent acquisition of Overture. This week they unveiled their new Ensemble division, which will be the sharp end of the stick for their combined efforts in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). James Buchanan will lead the division with Overture co-founder Prayson Pate as CTO.