Here are a few quick takes one some other news from the start of this week.
Never short of projects, Zayo has picked up a new E-Rate deal close to its home base. The Denver Public School System has selected the Boulder-based infrastructure builder for a major network upgrade. Zayo will be hooking up 153 schools and other locations with dark fiber, which is part of the E-Rate program for the first time this year. It will take some 618 miles of fiber, but 562 of those are already in place or under construction, while the remainder will be a new build. When you can hit 89% on-net without new digging, it's gotta help with winning the contract.
Just to the north, Hurricane Electric is expanding its IPv4 and IPv6 backbone network into Wyoming for the first time. They are partnering with the regional operator Advanced Communications Technology, moving into their data center in Cheyenne and offering ports up to 100GE. They'll also be looking to peer with other networks in the region, as usual.
California-based Infinera had some news from under the waves. The Middle East and North Africa cable system has deployed their gear on it subsea routes, whereas their terrestrial routes were already built off of Infinera gear. MENA runs from Sicily through Egypt to the Middle East and on to the east coast of India, a route on which it can now sell 100Gb chunks of bandwidth.
Telstra Global is on the move this week. They plan to expand their network with new PoPs in both London and Chicago, looking to further enhance their ability to take on the financial vertical. Since its acquisition of Pacnet, Telstra has been steadily increasing its international profile.
And this morning Level 3 revealed that its Vyvx division handled the video transport for Caracol's coverage of a major Latin American soccer tournament earlier this summer. Their VenuNet+ platform transported 60+ hours of video content from stadiums around the US to Caracol's Bogota studios, using JPEG2000 compression over 160mbps pipes.