Network Roundup: Uniti, Zayo, Internet2, GTT

January 19th, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

Lots of news out this week to catch up with.  Here are a few quick-takes on the network side of things:

Uniti Group has picked up a significant 20-year dark fiber deal. An unnamed ‘large international internet provider’ will be using their longhaul dark fiber on a 1,440 mile route between Denver and the San Francisco Bay Area through Salt Lake City and the Rockies. Uniti has been focusing its efforts on driving lease-up of its 126,000 route miles of fiber nationwide.

Zayo has also been busy out in the Rocky Mountains. According to a case study released this week, they have provided Novva Data Centers with dark fiber connectivity for its Utah Data Center. Zayo has provided a ‘diverse four fiber dark fiber ring’ as well as dedicated 100G service in support of Novva’s hyperscale plans. Novva’s Utah facility just opened in September.

Over in the research and education vertical, Internet2 said yesterday that it has completed an upgrade of its nationwide network. They have transitioned their traffic onto new fifth generation infrastructure. The 400G buildout is capable of up to 32Tbps per segment and its transponders will support 800G when the time comes. Cisco, Ciena, Lumen, and General Datatech collaborated with the upgrade.

And GTT has won some interesting international VoIP business. The translation and localization specialist Lionbridge will be using GTT’s SIP Trunking with Microsoft Teams’ direct routing to power its global network in support of 3,850 numbers across 17 countries. Lionbridge was migrating over from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams.

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Categories: Datacenter · Fiber Networks · Internet Backbones · VoIP

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