Some new fiber/conduit, a new PoP, a partnership, and some connectivity restored.
New England got a bit of a fiber upgrade this week. TOWARDEX has announced the completion of an upgrade to the underground infrastructure of the Inner Belt in Somerville north of Boston. The upgrade adds 135 new fibers and thus ‘more than doubles’ the fiber capacity available between downtown Boston and the cable landing station up in Lynn. The new infrastructure is within a high capacity ‘Joint Trench’ available to all on a carrier neutral basis.
Hurricane Electric has found another new place in Europe to put a PoP. The IPv6-native backbone has deployed a new point of presence at Maincubes FRA01 facility in Frankfurt. Maincubes FRA01 is a three-story facility with easy access to DE-CIX and a modern power infrastructure. HE now has 9 PoPs in Frankfurt and 15 total across Germany.
CoreSite and Zenlayer have partnered up. The arrangement allows CoreSite customers to leverage ZenLayer’s bare metal cloud and cloud networking capabilities via CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange. The two companies operate mostly at different levels of the technology stack, and do seem to fit together quite well at the partner level.
And the island of Tonga now has connectivity to the rest of the world. SES said yesterday that it has extended its satellite infrastructure to Digicel, restoring connectivity lost when the island’s submarine cable infrastructure was damaged by that undersea volcanic eruption last weekend. Calls will now be carried on the C-Band capacity operated by SES. Meanwhile, in another update this morning, Intelsat is also bringing connectivity to the island with Digicel and Tonga Communications Corp.
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