Here is a set of quick takes from around the industry:
Avelacom has added a new PoP in Ashburn, offering direct connectivity to Amazon AWS's US-East-1 region. The expansion gives them 65.3ms round-trip latency between AWS Ashburn and AWS Dublin, which apparently is a key cryptocurrency arbitrage route. Avelacom has made similar tweaks to its low latency capabilities in Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
FirstLight has expanded its cloud communications capabilities with two new services. They have introduced Accession Meeting and Cloud Contact Center in an effort to better serve enterprises up in the northeastern US. The products leverage technology from Metaswitch and Intermedia and will complement other recent portfolio enhancements aimed at the enterprise market, including SD-WAN, managed router/firewall, and encrypted wavelengths.
DataBank has a new interconnection option at its data center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Internet Exchange is now available there, providing easier interconnection with 13+ major regional networks and a suite of regional content providers, universities, and other entities in western Pennsylvania. DataBank's PIT1 facility is in NOVA Place in the Allegheny Technology Center Mall.
And Ribbon Communications has polished off its purchase of ECI Telecom Group. ECI's unique combination of packet-optical transport and SDN/NFV solutions will be integrated with Ribbon's more voice and data focused software and services. The deal gives Ribbon both a deeper product portfolio and greater global reach.
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