Lots of news from network operators this week that shouldn't be missed.
TelePacific is making headway on its national plans this week with some new capabilities aimed at the enterprise market. They've introduced an SD-WAN offering, powered by Velocloud. And they've rolled out Ciena's gear to support 100GbE and Carrier Ethernet 2.0. LightRiver Technologies has been helping them with the necessary upgrades, leveraging their Factory Built Network platform. TelePacific has been looking to jump from regional specialist to national player since its acquisition of DSCI earlier this year.
Windstream's wholesale division has found a metro convert up in Michigan. ManagedWay has picked them to supply optical wavelengths between its data centers in the Detroit metro area. They recently opened a 45,000 square foot facility in Troy, and will be using Windstream's network for connectivity to other data centers in the area. Windstream has been more and more active outside its ILEC turf lately, most recently unveiling fixed wireless plans across a swath of markets.
The E-Rate specialist WANRack has picked up another education deal. This week they revealed that Texas's Kemp Independent School District has signed on for a fiber build that will hook up all its facilities with 10Gbps connectivity. Kemp IDS is about 45 miles southeast of Dallas. Its new fiber network should be ready sometime in November, bringing big bandwidth to the students and teachers there.
And another day, another Gigabit City for CityFibre over in the UK. The wholesale metro fiber builder and operator is launching a market in the city of Bracknell, which lies 10 miles southwest of the data center hub of Slough and a similar distance southeast of Reading, which also got CityFibre's Gigabit City treatment recently. In Bracknell, CityFibre's partner in reaching the enterprise market will be BtL.