Here's a quick rundown on some recent items that are worth a look:
CenturyLink expanded its metro reach in a market outside its ILEC footprint this week. They have lit metro fiber in Houston, Texas, taking aim at the business marketplace there. With 1Gbps available in select multi-tenant office buildings, they hope to make a bigger dent in the midmarket. The effort is part of a broader network expansion announced last year, although it's been a while since we've heard much from the former Quest backbone and its on/off ramps.
On the west coast, Infomart Data Centers has found some new success in the Portland metro area. A tenant at its Hillsboro facility has leased 25,000 square feet of commercial office space and will add some 125 IT staff. Infomart is in the middle of a 16MW and 100K square foot expansion in Hillsboro that will end this summer.
Over in the UK, VIRTUS Data Centres has added some key interconnectivity. Their LONDON2 facility in Hayes is now a transmission PoP for the London Internet Exchange, allowing their colo customers a wider range of direct peering options. VIRTUS's LONDON1 facility in Enfield has been on LINX since 2014 of course.
With Denver shutting down Carolina in the Super Bowl over the weekend, folks in the world of bandwidth may have missed the annual tradition of Level 3's Vyvx announcing it's carriage of the event. Never fear, the company did the same underlying things it has done for the Super Bowl for most of the last three decades, helping acquire, encode, and transport more than 1,400 hours of video content. The company just didn't get to put out an actual PR this time.
And also in the world of sports, Tata Communications picked up another significant international contract. They are the official broadcast partner for a three match series pitting clubs from Europe, Africa, and New Zealand against one another. Two of the matches took place over the weekend, while the last will be on Thursday this week. Tata is distributing the video feeds in HD from both Hong Kong and France.