Here are several interesting news items from over the weekend that are worth a look as you start the week:
There may soon be a new fiber route providing physical diversity between New Jersey and New York City. Global InterXchange has announced a 20 year agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey/PATH to put fiber on a more southerly river crossing between 165 Halsey and lower Manhattan. While details are scant so far, presumably this fiber would be through the PATH train tunnels. If all goes well, GIX's new infrastructure should be ready by November of this year.
GTT has polished off the Interoute acquisition. The company now operates a pan-European fiber network underlying its existing Tier 1 IP backbone on the continent. This represents a significant evolution of GTT's business and scale, and just what they do with the combined assets should be an interesting story to watch over the next few years. Integration is underway, starting right at the top according to Capacity, and is expected to be complete within 3-4 quarters, i.e. by next spring.
And Orange has completed a network buildout in southern Europe. The Spanish arm of the French telecommunications giant has built out a 1000km backbone in Spain featuring 96x200Gbps of unregenerated bandwidth powered by Huawei gear. The project consolidates several existing DWDM footprints from prior mergers in the region, and will enable the company to better address the needs of 5G going forward.
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