TGIF, but first two metro fiber items, one big data center, and an IX goes to court in Europe:
123Net has a new community partner up in Detroit, Michigan. They are working with the Detroit Community Technology Project to bring Gigabit connections into more of the city's neighborhoods. The work is leveraging six 1Gbps connections from 123Net and feet on the ground from DCTP's member organizations to extend that connectivity into Southwest Detroit, Southeast Detroit, and the North End.
GIGA Data Centers has big plans down in North Carolina. They are building an 60MW data center facility in Mooresville, north of Charlotte. They hope to bring the efficiencies of the high-performance data centers built by the hyperscale guys to the broader enterprise market. The design features 7th generation WindChill Modular Enclosures and charges not by space but by power.
Over in Europe, Colt Technology Services is expanding its metro footprint in Berlin. The expansion will hook up more than 500 on-net buildings and add 100km route miles to the company's network in the city. The buildout will support the company's expansion in eastern Europe, which envisions looping from Austria into Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, and Zagreb.
And DE-CIX is taking its case to the German Constitutional Court. They want clarification of just what data they must make available to the BND, the German version of the CIA. Previously a Federal Administrative Court dismissed their case without dealing with the issues they raised, in this case specifically domestic German communications. Given how much traffic passes through DE-CIX's Frankfurt and other German exchanges, a whole lot of networks have a stake in this one.