Four bits of news from the US marketplace:
Windstream Enterprise's drive toward SASE gained an ally this week. They have partnered up with VMware to develop a combined solution, integrating the WE's Cloud Core network with VMware's SASE PoPs. The arrangement will enable WE to deliver to its enterprise customer base a fuller and more optimized set of services built around its SD-WAN capabilities. With so much remote work looking more or less permanent, the ramp for SASE uptake looks like it's going to be step.
Hurricane Electric is adding another node to its global network. They have deployed a PoP within Irontrust Prov.net PVD2 in often-overlooked Providence, Rhode Island. It's their first PoP in state, and their 4th in New England. HE is looking to power the city's growing startup scene and reach more of the enterprise market in southern New England.
Ribbon Communications has signed up a new mobile operator. Viaero Wireless and Viaero Fiber Networks will be using Ribbon's integrated IP and DWDM solutions to upgrade the company's underlying fiber network infrastructure. Viaero holds down the #10 slot for mobile network operators in the US, and will be shifting some of its backhaul from microwave to fiber. Ribbon's technology will enable them to do that from Layer 1 to Layer 3 via a single solution.
And FiberLight is building out network down in Atlanta. They are partnering up with Coloblox Data Centers, which operates 32,000 square feet in the Atlanta market. FiberLight will be offering both dark and lit services at the facility, offering diverse and competitive connectivity options for tenants there.
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