Tuesday Bytes: Sparkle, FirstLight, Huawei

January 30th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

I’m on the road this week down at Metro Connect in Miami.  If you’re there also, don’t hesitate to say hello.  In the meantime, here are a few news bytes from different corners of the industry to keep track of:

Sparkle has added a new destination in South America to its global IP backbone. The new PoP in Cartagena will enable Sparkle to tap into the growing Colombian bandwidth market. Another PoP in Bogota will be opened in a few months as well.

FirstLight is moving deeper into managed services with a new product. They unveiled a Managed Edge service yesterday, combining WAN management and security capabilities to complement the company’s core connectivity services. After consolidating much of the independent fiber assets in northern New England and upstate New York, expanding the product portfolio a bit makes plenty of sense.

And Huawei’s troubles outside of China took a dramatic new turn yesterday. The US Department of Justice partly unsealed indictments against the company on two matters: a theft of intellectual property from T-Mobile US, and of course the violation of Iranian sanctions. CFO Meng Wanzhou, whom the US is trying to extradite from Canada, was named specifically alongside Huawei itself.

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