For your Friday perusal in the metro space: one contract win, one field testing revelation, and one product roll-out.
FirstLight Fiber tacked on another regional infrastructure deal. INdigital will be using FirstLight's internet and data center services in order to support the new emergency services network the company is building for the state of New Hampshire. They'll be putting core routing nodes in FirstLight's Manchester facility and providing the connectivity necessary to hook them up to the PSAPs in Concord and Laconia.
The cable operator WOW! has its eye on some future SDN and NFV possibilities. They are field testing Juniper's Cloud CPE solution as they might relate to their business services offering. Their infrastructure is already built off of Juniper gear, and thus using the routing giant's Contrail service orchestration, cloud, and firewall products would certainly simplify the roll out by keeping things on the same page.
And in the upper Midwest, TDS subsidiary OneNeck Connect says it's ready to bring 1Gbps pipes to the Minneapolis/St.Paul business market. The pipes will hook enterprises up to the company's data center in Eden Prairie for $995/month via the last mile networks of Zayo and Comcast, with whom the enterprises must be (or become) on-net. They've already done the same in Denver, and hope to make similar moves in Arizona, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
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