Here are quick takes on three items internationally, and one for the upper Midwest:
Level 3 said this week that is has launched its next generation enterprise cloud platform for Latin America. New and improved portals with more self service options and optional managed services are aimed at increasing the flexibility available to enterprises in the region.
After many years of steadily adding global PoPs, Hurricane Electric is still finding new markets to expand into. This week the lucky market is the tiny city and country of Luxembourg, where HE has now opened a PoP at LuxConnect's DC1.1 data center on the Bettembourg ICT Campus.
CityFibre has yet another Gigabit City to announce this month. Northampton, which lies between London and Birmingham, will join the ranks of the company's metro expansion markets. They have partnered with local operator dbfb to make their 45km of fiber in the city available to the business community. The announcement quickly follows similar news for the city of Reading from just last week.
And back closer to home, Windstream is announcing plans for a significant metro network upgrade in Minneapolis. on the company's northwestern frontier when it comes to infrastructure. They didn't give much geographical detail on the expansion itself, but did list Berger Transfer & Storage as one of the early beneficiaries of the new fiber. The news is part of a series of metro expansions for Windstream, the most recent of which was in Atlanta.