Lots of announcements today as CompTel opens for business, here's a quick survey:
TelX has linked up with Global Telecom and Technology (GTT)'s GigE backbone. The new connectivity will be available to customers across TelX's 8 city colocation footprint. These two have worked together in the past, and the new arrangement is a natural extension of the relationship. TelX has been fairly active lately finding new partners with which to strengthen their position.
Pangaea Networks officially launched its PANMetro Dedicated 10GigE Ring service in Manhattan, enabling customers to deploy multiple Ethernet circuits with capacities greater than 1 GigE on a single port over their own private, dedicated, Layer 2, 10 GigE wireline infrastructure. Pangaea is a rather unique company that combines its own metro fiber footprint with extensive connectivity arranged through its fellow providers in the NY/NJ metro area.
GTS Central Europe announced that its GTS Telecom unit will be using DWDM gear from Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) to upgrade its fiberoptic network in Romania. GTSCE has one of the more interesting Eastern European footprints, with rather unique routes crisscrossing the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Choosing Ciena gear isn't a surprise of course, they've already installed it at their units in Poland and the Czech Republic - no doubt we will be hearing about the other territories over time.
And competitive network operator XO Holdings (news, filings) has launched an international customer referral program. XO has traditionally been a US focused company, and therefore doesn't have as much contact with potential customers overseas as some of its competitors do. Thus, they are seeking partners abroad to help them expand that angle of their business. Today, they announced Hong Kong's CAST International as a participant in the program.