Five items worth keeping tabs on from this week:
Windstream has named Buddy Bayer to the new role of president of the company’s combined Enterprise and Wholesale organization. Bayer was already doing much of this job as the chief network officer of the wholesale division. We had Buddy here for an industry spotlight in February where he offered details on the company’s plans to expand its infrastructure.
Global Cloud Xchange is leveraging Equinix’s global footprint to add capacity and diversity in the Middle East. Its an expansion of an existing partnership, and will see GCX add a new PoP at Equinix’s MC1 facility in Muscat, Oman. GCX’s Falcon cable system lands in Al Seeb near Muscat of course.
Infinera has lined up another global network operator for its GX Series technology. NexGen Networks is deploying the gear to offer 100G with an upgrade path to 200G, 400G, and 800G over time to its financial and enterprise customers. Deep South Communications helped NexGen with the network upgrade project.
Aligned Data Centers has announced another expansion of its footprint. The technology infrastructure company is building a fourth hyperscale data center on its campus out in Phoenix. The facility will feature a waterless heat rejection system while leveraging 50% carbon-free energy from the Arizona Public Service.
Some municipal fiber has found a new home up in Canada. Xplornet announced this week the purchase of the internet infrastructure of Annapolis County in the province of Nova Scotia, an open access backbone the county started building six years ago. It’s a $17M deal that will expand Xplornet’s footprint in the region while taking the headaches of managing such infrastructure off of the county’s shoulders.
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