Here's a quick look at some end-of-August news items:
France-IX has a new partner that will help it reach throughout Europe and the Middle East and Africa. They are teaming up with Belgium's BICS and its internet backbone and remote peering capabilities. Thus, France-IX's network customers in Paris and particularly Marseille can peer remotely in other cities throughout a much wider region via their current connections.
Down under, Access4 has its first foothold in New Zealand. The UCaaS provider just got started earlier this year in Australia, and will now be partnering with Vibe to reach into Kiwi territory forthe first time as well. Access4's platform is built off of BroadSoft's technology, and will let Vibe bring hosted PBX and contact-center-as-a-service to market without having to roll its own infrastructure.
Internap is looking to add a new dynamic to the IP transit markets. They have shifted to a no-term-contract approach for their Performance IP connectivity services, which blend transit services from many carriers while leveraging the company's route optimization technology to keep things flowing faster than any one carrier might. Internap hopes to win more customers by not trying to lock them into a long term contract.
And Level 3 has put out some new malware research on the botnet/malware known variously as Lizkebab, BASHLITE, Torlus, or gafgyt. The blight controls about a million endpoints, with a heavy concentration on Taiwan, Brazil, and Colombia. But most interestingly, 96% of the infected devices were of the IoT variety, with 4% being home routers and just 1% linux servers. That we are seeing an IoT malware network so soon is troubling.