Here is another set of quick-takes worth a look from this week - three network upgrades and two new interconnection partnerships:
EdgeConneX has a new network partner in the Pacific Northwest. Tata Communications has established a PoP at the company's facility in Portland, Oregon, bringing its IP transit to customers in the facility and joining the company's interconnection ecosystems. Tata plans to do the same at other EdgeConneX facilities, although they didn't give any specifics on where and when just yet.
Bluebird Networks has brought 100G to bear out in the Midwest. The regional network operator has built out its first two customer-facing 100G diverse circuits, connecting up a major metro area to a rural part of Missouri. Bluebird's network reaches most markets in Illinois and Missouri with connectivity into the surrounding states.
Epsilon has a new interconnection partner in the Far East. BBIX, the internet exchange arm of SoftBank Group, has joined Epsilon's Infiny platform. That adds additional peering options to Epsilon's ecosystem, something the company has been actively seeking out. BBIX's exchange fabric spans 8 PoPs in Japan including the Maruyama Cable Landing Station, and also has nodes in Hong Kong and Singapore.
SSE Enterprise Telecoms is deploying Infinera's technology across its UK footprint. They are putting Infinera's XTM Series gear to work in creating a 'dark fibre-like' network. What they mean by that is that they can scalably offer the big transport pipes (up to 100G each) between BT exchanges that one would normally need to build out actual dark fiber for. It's a move in response to the UK government's expressed desire for more infrastructure options within the country.
And ECI has won a customer deep down in South America. The Bolivian triple play provider COTAS will be deploying the company's Apollo gear in both its metro footprint and along two longhaul routes. The solution provider Siscotec will be helping make it all happen.