Monday Bytes: CenturyLink, Colt, Sprint, Rocket Fiber

February 3rd, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

To start off the week, here's a quick roundup of some items from late last week that I missed the first time through.

CenturyLink added to its list of federal wins for 2020 last week with another key contract. The US Social Security Administration  has picked CenturyLink for WAN and related services, awarding them the task order with the widest scope under a dual carrier network approach. CenturyLink will be providing Ethernet, VPN, intrusion prevention, and self-healing optical wave ring services to the SSA's 1,700 locations worldwide. The deal is worth at least $470M over the next 15 years.

Colt has been busy on the data side of things, but they recently took the time to enhance their voice services as well. They have expanded their voice footprint into four new countries, three in eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary) and one on the other side of the globe (Australia), and enhanced services in Singapore, Slovakia, Canada, and the USA. The expansion will enable Colt to offer enterprises a more complete solution across its entire footprint.

And Sprint is taking aim at the greater Detroit metro area with some local help. They have teamed up with Rocket Fiber, an ISP that has built out a new network in the region. I haven't run into Rocket Fiber before, but they launched back in 2014. The combination of Sprint's internet backbone and Rocket Fiber's metro and regional footprint will enable better connectivity for the Michigan business community, with Strategic Staffing Solutions signing on as an early adopter.

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Categories: Federal contracts · Internet Backbones · Metro fiber · VoIP

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