A bit of everything today: some metro fiber, some data center real estate, some cloud connectivity, and a bit of subsea action:
CenturyLink has a little less fiber this week. They completed the divestiture of the former Level 3's Tucson metro network assets, as promised to the DOJ as part of the merger. FirstDigital Telecom agreed to buy the assets back in May, and now enters the Tucson market at the fiber level. CenturyLink is still in the city of course, courtesy of its pre-Level-3 presence in the city.
It looks like QTS is planning a major expansion of its presence in Atlanta. The data center REIT is said to have purchased a 55-acre, 900,000-square-foot packaging plant at 1040 West Marietta Street. No financial details were disclosed about the purchase, and QTS hasn't revealed its plans for the site just yet. But coincidentally, the property happens to be next door to QTS's current 970,000 square foot data center on Jefferson, so I think we kind of get the idea.
Over in Europe, Interxion has added another location for direct connectivity to AWS Direct Connect. The company's Schiphol campus in the Netherlands now offers dedicated network connections to AWS, the 10th of Interxion's campuses to do so. The only real surprise is that there are still major data center campuses left to do this at.
And in the Caribbean, Deep Blue Cable is getting involved with a multi-million dollar, 15-year ICT government contract with Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines. Deep Blue Cable is working with Digicel in the role of submarine cable specialists on the deal, bringing connectivity to governments and schools via the CARCIP cable system.
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