Time for some updates from the metro:
Comcast Business has some new business in the education vertical down in Texas. Houston's Texas Southern University is using their Ethernet services to support bandwidth demands across 9,000 students and 1,400 faculty/staff on their 150-acre campus. TSU is upgrading from 1Gbps from another supplier to a 10GE circuit from Comcast.
EarthLink offered up an update on its progress with SD-WAN yesterday. In the last six months, they've seen 41 enterprise customers implement the technology spanning 1,706 locations thus far. Entertainment has been their most successful vertical, followed by restaurants and building materials. EarthLink will soon be part of the Windstream family, assuming nothing earthshattering happens in the interim.
Out in the Midwest, Cincinnati Bell made an inorganic move that almost slipped past my radar. Their CTBS subsidiary has announced the acquisition of SunTel services. The deal adds unified communications assets and talent to CBTS's managed services portfolio, building on the company's regional presence.
And Zayo has revealed another metro dark fiber deal. An unnamed 'global webscale cloud provider' has picked them to hook up six data center locations in Chicago. The deployment has 20 diverse segments totaling 280 strands total, and is 90% on-net when it comes to Zayo's existing infrastructure.