A tech trial, a deal closing, a strategic alliance, and a new fiber operator:
Zayo and Equinix have been busy putting 400G through its paces over in Europe. They have completed a trial connecting Equinix’s facilities in London/Slough and Paris via Zayo’s subsea fiber in which they leveraged a 500G optical channel. The extra 100G went toward enhanced monitoring and visibility with the connection, while power consumption was reduced by 40% and costs were reduced through simplification of the circuits involved.
Meanwhile, Equinix has polished off its expansion down in the South American market of Chile. They have completed the acquisition of four data centers from Entel, with another to the north in Peru in the wings. The assets are valued at $735M and generate $55M in annualized revenue. Some 100 Entel employees and 100 customers will shift over to Equinix.
PacketFabric and Unitas Global have formed a strategic alliance. By integrating their networks the two each gain more extensive reach for their SDN-powered automated platforms. Unitas Global’s enterprise customer traffic will be able to leverage PacketFabric’s middle mile and cloud connectivity, while PacketFabric’s customers will have better reach into the last mile.
And last week a new fiber operator was formed in the southwestern US. Eleven service providers from New Mexico have teamed up to form NM Fiber Network LLC, assembling a state-wide network of middle mile infrastructure. New Mexico has never gotten much attention from the infrastructure sector relative to neighboring states. The new company will partner with INDATEL, many of whose members have long been formed in a similar manner.
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