A few interesting items worth catching up on:
Great Plains Communications has rolled out some next generation packet networking. They are in the process of deploying upgraded the new tech across their full footprint, which spans some 18,000 route3 miles touching 13 states. The upgrade leverages segment routing to enable them to deliver 100G across a wider range of customer use cases.
Zayo has offered up a few details on its upcoming network investments. They are currently upgrading their North American backbone to 400G, a process that is expected to be complete in 2024. In addition they have added multiple PoPs down in Brazil in support of the company’s low latency offerings. Meanwhile they have completed the overbuild of the Omaha-Denver route and added some 8 new PoPs to their IP backbone around North America. Two other longhaul route builds are expected to be complete later this year.
Green Mountain has a major new data center project planned for Kalberg, Norway. With customer demand in hand, they are looking to invest as much as $4.5B in the new campus, which will be in southwestern Norway 20km from Stavanger. Assuming all goes well, the first phase would be ready in January 2025, with final completion envisioned in 2027.
And GTT has brought in a new CEO. The industry veteran Ed Morche will take over for Ernest Ortega, who has stepped down from the role and from the company’s board of directors after a four year stint with the company. We had Ernie here for a spotlight just a few months ago, and no doubt Ortega will reappear somewhere else in the sector soon enough. Morche moves over from Lumen where he had held the position of President of the North American Enterprise and Public Sector group.
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