As we all wait for the bizarre Brexit fever to break, here’s a quick review of news from the start of this wee that’s worth a quick look.
AT&T says it has added 1Gbps speeds to its Business Fiber footprint. They have also detailed their recent expansions in South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, and Florida. AT&T says that some 600K businesses reside in the multi-tenant office buildings it has connected via fiber across its footprint.
The Japanese giant NTT Communications has won a rather interesting cloud deal. The insurance company Admin Re, an arm of the Swiss giant Swiss Re has signed on for a 5 year deal for managed services, hybrid cloud, and data center services. Admin Re will be consolidating its IT services, both internal and outsourced, onto NTT’s platform. The migration will start later this year and will initially be in the UK. While many other telecom operators have been souring on the cloud as an opportunity, NTT has continued to invest. Deals like this are what they hope to start winning more of.
Verizon has been preparing its network for this summer’s political spectacles, the Democratic and Republic conventions. They are doubling their network capacity to the DAS system at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland where the Republican Party will gather and nominate Trump. And they’ve boosted capacity at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center by more than 550% in advance of the Democratic Party’s nomination of Clinton, as well as installed new fiber downtown.=
And Level 3 got some good certification news from the southern hemisphere. Their Cotia data center in São Paulo has received Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute. With the 2016 Olympics set to begin soon in Brazil in what one might term ‘interesting times’ both economically and politically, a bit of stability there in the infrastructure sector can’t hurt.
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