Four interesting bits of network news worth noting from the start of this week:
Zayo has added an unnamed 'major retailer' to its customer list. They supplanted the incumbent provider with a 10G and 100G wavelength solution powering both the company's physical stores and online presence. The retailer will be able to better leverage big data analytics as part of a broader digital transformation.
Fusion has won an $800K, three year deal in the education vertical. They will be providing managed communications services to over 50 schools for an unnamed school system in the Midwest that serves some 40,000 students of all ages. Fusion took great pains to minimize downtime during the migration and offered 100% uptime as part of its QoS guarantees.
INDATEL has a new member down in the deep south. C Spire has joined the national fiber industry network group, adding its dense southern fiber network to the INDATEL Services inventory. C Spire has 8,600 route miles of fiber in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, with a deep presence in 12 cities in particular. C-Spire doesn't quite fit the traditional profile of an INDATEL member, having different roots and a wider product set, so it will be interesting to see how the relationship evolves.
And on the international front, Avelacom last week added some interesting connectivity into the southern hemisphere. The global low latency specialist has leased capacity down to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in South Africa. They are leveraging a subsea cable along the west coast of Africa for 155.8ms of round trip latency to London, and backing that up with cables along the east coast of Africa.