Here's a quick roundup of some other news from this week:
GTT has a bit of organic expansion in the US to talk about this week. They've added new PoPs in San Diego, Detroit, Arizona, and McAllen. GTT has of course been even busier on the inorganic front this past month, both announcing the acquisition of Hibernia Networks and apparently taking Yipes off of the hands of Global Cloud Xchange in a move we haven't heard much about yet.
Yesterday, Level 3 revealed a contract expansion with National Oilwell Varco. They will now be supplying VPN, LAN internet, and data center services for the multinational provider of oil and gas drilling equipment. In particular, NOV is using Level 3's Rio de Janeiro data center services, shifting infrastructure out of their headquarters there.
Thailand's dtac has brought in some help to improve its users' access to Facebook. Along with Ericsson, the three companies have been testing typical mobile Facebook interactions via test accounts in central Bangkok, and then tweaking the network. The combined efforts of network operator, vendor, and content provider have managed to improve upload and download times by some 60%.
EdgeConneX and Conviva have finished up another study looking at the effect of colocating at the edge on traffic to Comcast customers. They saw a 25% reduction in rebuffering time across eight US metro areas, up from 12-20% for the same study last year. The fact that caching data at the edge means better performance in delivering that data isn't going to surprise anyone, but it's nice to be able to quantify it a bit.
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