Let's catch up real quick on some network news that's worth a look:
Level 3 has been working with Cisco to bring automated network-as-a-service to market. They are using Cisco's Network Services Orchestrator to bring the power of SDN to bear on the enterprise market, speeding up their deployment of both new capacity and services. This is the year that many network operators are rolling out the real thing when it comes to SDN and/or NFV.
NTT has added a few more endpoints to its European IP network, continuing their steady expansion on the continent. They have added PoPs in two e-shelter facilities, namely Data Center Campus Frankfurt 1 and Campus Berlin. NTT's new presence in those facilities won't surprise anyone of course, considering the company bought a majority stake in e-shelter last year.
GTT Communications has a new international network partner in the APAC region. They have announced a new reciprocal relationship with Philippines-bsed PLDT. The arrangement gives GTT deeper access into the Philippines as well as neighboring markets throughout southeast Asia, and offers PLDT better global connectivity at both the IP/MPLS and Ethernet layers.
And Windstream is expanding its relationship with Cologix, improving its cloud connectivity options. They now have a new PoP in Cologix's Dallas facility at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway, and are planning to open a new one in the Cologix facility at 55 Scherers Court in Columbus, Ohio. Windstream is already in Cologix's Minneapolis and Jacksonville facilities.