A few interesting items to catch up on from around the sector:
Windstream Wholesale and Colt are expanding their technology partnership with a new optical spectrum trial. Col has leveraged Windstream's open line system between Chicago and Ashburn to build a 600G wavelength via Colt's own coherent transmission system. The successful managed spectrum trial opens the possibility of Colt (or another network operator) building a 100G+ US backbone across Windstream's infrastructure in an automated way.
Digital Realty has sold off eleven European data centers to Ascendas Reit. The portfolio includes four facilities in the UK, three in the Netherlands, three in France, and one in Switzerland, and the price tag was about $680M. They include fully leased, legacy assets, and Digital Realty will use the proceeds to pay down debt and free up resources for future investments.
Unitas Global has unveiled a new automated connectivity platform. Unitas Nexus Marketplace aims to connect 30 million enterprise edge locations to the cloud, hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, and private cloud destinations. The technology leverages SDN and automated service availiability and pricing.
And DRFortress has completed a third expansion out in Hawaii. The buildout brings their footprint in Honolulu to 55,000 square feet and 600 cabinets for lease. Three anchor tenants, including Stellar Technologies, are being commissioned in the new space this month, with more going live in Q2.
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