A few news items worth noting, one from the world of politics and two featuring data centers getting additional connectivity.
ZTE's roller coaster ride isn't over yet. The US Senate yesterday passed a defense policy bill that included provisions reinstating the penalties against the Chinese telecommunications vendor that the Trump administration said it would be lifting. It's not law yet since the House version differs and there is lobbying yet to be done. But there's definitely another episode or two of the soap opera yet to watch.
Windstream is adding to its presence on the Jersey Shore. The company's wholesale division is enhancing its fiber network to and within NJFX in Wall, NJ. Windstream offers direct and diverse connectivity from the facility over to Ashburn, and is overbuilding its infrastructure with newer technology. With the submarine cable efforts over to Long Island quickly becoming reality, I suppose that soon they'll be able to offer bypass connectivity all the way from the cable landing stations there to Ashburn as well.
And in some news that slipped past me last week, Equinix has teamed up with Vocus to beef up its APAC connectivity options. The Vocus-owned Australia Singapore Cable system is being made available across the data center giant's footprint in Singapore and six Australian metros areas. The ASC cable is expected to go live by the first quarter of next year, adding a new path from western Australia up to the key international hub of Singapore.