It's time for a quick rundown of some news from the start of this week:
Equinix has been busy over in Amsterdam. They've announced plans to invest $113M in the first phase of what will become AM4 at its existing campus in the Amsterdam Science Park. When all phases are complete, the new facility will be 8 stories tall and will offer 124,000 square feet of space. After the Telecity deal and this expansion, Equinix will have eight data centers in the city. Meanwhile, they have also rolled out AWS Direct Connect in Amsterdam as well, the 11th metro market in which they have done so. If the British don't call off Brexit, I have a feeling that Amsterdam is going to be seeing a heightened infrastructure investment climate.
The European vendor ADVA is helping another service provider roll out 100G. The Swedish ISP Banhof is using ADVA's DWDM and ROADM gear to connect every city in southern Sweden as well as Copenhagen and Oslo. The upgrade gives Banhof up to 9.6Tbps across 48 regional nodes.
Over in the UK, SSE Enterprise Telecoms has a new partner with which to extend its reach. They've fully integrated their Ethernet footprint with those of the pan-European operator Colt. The interconnection arrangement will let SSE offer its enterprise customers access across continental Europe.
And meanwhile back in the USA, vXchnge has announced some new network connectivity across its footprint. Level 3 Communications has expanded its network into 13 of vXchnge's data centers, building out PoPs and offering access to their IP backbone nationally. The two have an expanding relationship, the most recent of which have been build-outs into facilities in Philadelphia and St. Louis.