Two global network expansions, some regional fiber expansion plans, and a sale/leaseback deal worth noting:
The Bulgarian-based interconnection platform NetIX has expanded its reach in South America. They have added two new locations in Brazil, connecting data centers in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. NetIX has also hooked up to the Brazilian Internet exchange Point, IX.br. The expansion will enable the company to offer South American network operators easier interconnection with less traveled European destinations. NetIX will be using the brand “O PTT Global” in the Brazilian market.
Hurricane Electric’s ever-ongoing network expansion has taken them to another corner of the world we don’t talk about much. The global IPv6-native backbone has added a PoP in Guam at 303 University Drive in Mangilao. They have also connected to the Mariana Islands Internet Exchange (MARIIX). Guam has become a bit of a crossroads in the Pacific, with submarine cables landing from North America, Asia, and Australia.
Comcast is looking to increase its fiber presence out west. They recently appointed Elaine Barden as VP of Business Development for their western division, and tasked her with the expansion of Comcast’s reach across 13 states. The plan is to partner with residential housing developers, cities, technology companies, and other strategic businesses to expand the company’s fiber reach, something Ms. Barden had already been doing in California.
And Sungard AS has done a sale/leaseback deal with Landmark Dividend. Landmark has acquired Sungard’s data centers in the Toronto and Atlanta metro areas, facilities which combined offer 215K square feet of space. Sungard remains the sole leaseholder in each facility. Landmark now has acquired 25 such facilities in the past two years.
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