TCT deploys Alset's Lightning Shield; Level 3 brings fiber to Tech Vault data center

> Triple play services provider TCT is deploying Seattle-based Alset's Lightning Shield at remote equipment locations in Wyoming and Montana. The 50-amp version of the Shield protects against nearby lightning strikes, and TCT can remotely manage the device using SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). News release.

> Tech Vault is adding some fiber to its diet. The colocation data center based in South Burlington, Vt. is getting a direct connection to Level 3's fiber optic network. A diverse SONET ring entrance to the data center is up first, followed by 100 Mbps dedicated Internet access in July. News release.

> Here's a few more acronyms to geek on: Zhone Technologies is introducing 18 new zNID ONTs (optical network terminals) for GPON and Active Ethernet deployments, which will allow service providers to migrate from legacy to softswitch architecture--important for FTTX buildouts--without having to replace ONTs. Trust me, it's neat stuff. News release.

> Dimension Data Italy, which manages IT infrastructure for clients in numerous vertical sectors, is now a reseller of Sorrento Networks' WDM solutions. News release.

And finally... PAETEC's VoIP Access and SIP trunking services got the thumbs-up from Frost and Sullivan, which gave it the 2010 Customer Value Enhancement Award. News release.

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