Three other bits of network news to peruse this morning:
Windstream's metro expansion has come to the city of Brotherly Love. The Arkansas-based provider has revealed significant expansion plans in the Philadelphia metro area (their current map is pictured to the left), bringing more data centers and commercial buildings on-net. It's part of a broader $50M network expansion project Windstream has been rolling out across its footprint, especially beyond its ILEC reach. They are even stretching westward, lighting dark fiber out to California.
Meanwhile, CenturyLink has been busy out on the prairie. They are now offering fiber-powered symmetric gigabit connectivity to another 4,318 businesses of all sizes in 484 more multi-tenant office buildings across their Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota footprints. The cities getting the most attention are Omaha, Sioux Falls, Fargo, Bismarck, Rapid City, Papillion, and Grand Island. CenturyLink's model is shifting rapidly towards fiber now, with agreements to not just sell off the company's data centers but also to buy Level 3 Communications.
And on the global front, Tata Communications has become the latest service provider to roll out an SDWAN service. Their IZO SDWAN offering is a fully managed modular overlay aimed at global enterprises seeking to hook up branch offices and of course the various cloud assets they need. Essilor, which specializes in ophthalmic optics (that's eyeglasses, no need to wikipedia it now), has been a beta customer for the new services as it expands its reach in African and APAC markets. Large enterprises are definitely ready for SDWAN, and service providers of all stripes are racing to roll it out.
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