Thursday Roundup: CenturyLink, Calix, Highwinds, Comcast, Vonage

September 15th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick rundown of some other news from this week spanning CDNs, last mile, and cloud communications:

Calix and CenturyLink have been busy up in Platteville, Wisconsin over the summer. CenturyLink has been deploying Calix’s AXOS solution to bring big bandwidth to more than MDUs in the city using existing coax and copper. They get to eacch MDU via GPON fiber to a node next to each MDU, delivering speeds as high as a gigabit to the end-user and powering their Prism TV offering.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink also picked some additional data center and network services business from the CDN side of things. Since moving into two of CenturyLink’s data centers over the prior winter, Highwinds has been leveraging the additional infrastructure infrastructure to further build out and optimize its content delivery platform. In particular, they have apparently cut certain hosting costs ih half.

Comcast Business las landed some local government business for its Ethernet offerings. Lebanon County, Pennsylvania has turned to the cable giant’s enterprise division for a six-site Ethernet-based network that will among other things power 911 services in the region. Lebanon County lies just to the east of Harrisburg and has a population of some 135,000 people.

And Vonage has hit the ground running with after its purchase of Nexmo. This week they launched a next-gen voice API built off of Nexmo’s technology that allows faster integration with apps, websites, and communications systems and leverages its own voice network infrastructure. Vonage has been shifting all its efforts to the enterprise space from its consumer roots for several years now, and this is another example of their desire to expand their capabilities to a wider range of customers.

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Categories: Cable · Ethernet · ILECs, PTTs · VoIP

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