Tuesday Bytes: Level 3, TI Sparkle, BT

July 19th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Here's a quick bit of news from three global service providers from the start of this week:

On the video front, Level 3 picked up some business at one of this month's key U.S. political events. They have been selected as an official video transport services provider for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. That of course will be held in Philadelphia next week, with the Republicans (or at least some of them) out in Cleveland this week of course. Level 3 will be offering dark fiber, video circuits, and longhaul video via its Vyvx broadcast services out of the Wells Fargo Center.

TI Sparkle has added some depth in southeast Asia. They have expanded their global IP backbone into the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur within the AIMS data center. The move is in response to demand from nearby countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. Sparkle has a regional hub in Singapore of course, but properly serving this part of the world is starting to require a more granular approach.

And in the UK, it didn't take long for the newly enlarged BT to come under renewed political scrutiny. The incumbent provider bought Everything Everywhere earlier this year in a return to the wireless market. But a report from parliament today chastises them for underinvesting in their OpenReach network, and threatens to force a separation if it isn't remedied. BT, of course, disagrees although it admits that service levels need improvement.  Whether this is all just talk or a breakup is likely at some point is anybody's guess.

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Categories: Government Regulations · ILECs, PTTs · Internet Backbones · Video

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