Thursday Roundup: RETN, AMS-IX, Fusion, CenturyLink

April 2nd, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Here are a few quick takes worth noting, both pandemic-related and not:

RETN has added some more breadth to its global network infrastructure. They have deployed new business units and PoPs in the countries of Georgia and Armenia, setting up in the capital cities of Tblisi and Yerevan. The new PoPs are connected to RETN's broader network infrastructure through Russia and Bulgaria, including a backup route under the Black Sea. RETN is currently delivering layer 2 VPN in both markets, and will be bringing in more of its portfolio.

Like other interconnection hubs, AMS-IX has seen a significant jump in traffic due to the stay-at-home directives issued by governments in response to COVID-19. They have busted through the 8Tbps barrier as of March 30, and are seeing daily total traffic of 56-58 petabytes, which is up 17% over the prior month. Many of the exchange's network members have been upgrading their ports in order to handle the traffic surge.

Fusion has picked up a new contract with Ganley Automotive Group. Ganley is expanding its transportation business beyond its home turf in the Midwest and into the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. They have tapped Fusion for managed network and integrated voice solutions and will be consolidating the company's new locations onto a single platform.

CenturyLink detailed a bit more of its pandemic-related work. In addition to their connectivity for the US Naval Ship Mercy in LA, CenturyLink has been busy hooking up field hospitals and quarantine sites in the Pacific Northwest. Those tasks include 200Mbps for the CenturyLink Field Event Seattle, 1Gbps for the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, and multiple fiber connection throughout Seattle.

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Categories: Fiber Networks · Interconnection · Internet Backbones · Managed Services

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