Wednesday Metro Roundup 8/11: FiberLight, Alpheus, Abovenet, Colt

August 11th, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Catching up once again on various metro fiber news around the country:

Down in Florida, regional metro fiber builder FiberLight turned out a customized network solution for Sago Networks.  Fiberlight deployed a 10G DWDM network hooking up the internet solutions company's two Miami data centers, the Terrmark NAP of the Americas facility, and Peak 10 in just 24 hours.  FiberLight has thus far ignored the metro fiber M&A frenzy, and has instead been building out on multiple fronts - including a 32 mile expansion from Miami to Kendall. 

And out in Texas, Alpheus Communications added over 50,000 buildings in various Texas metro areas to its Ethernet footprint.  That doesn't mean they hooked up that many of course, but that they prequalified those locations for service - probably via Ethernet over Copper, given the company's extensive central office presence throughout the state.  Sounds like Alpheus is preparing to put some inventory on one or more Ethernet Exchanges.

National metro fiber operator abvt is taking its expansion efforts into yet another new market:  Denver.  They announced this The initial buildout will span 97 route miles of 432 and 216 fiber cables, which will be targeted at the large enterprises in the area.  Denver follows Miami, into which Abovenet expanded last month.  I doubt they have further US markets on the menu in the near future - the next will probably be across the Atlantic - Frankfurt perhaps.

And over in Europe, Colt also made an Ethernet move that sounds a bit like a prelude to joining the Ethernet Exchange movement.  They simplified their wholesale Ethernet list prices across the continent, including eastern Europe where they are expanding their connectivity.  Colt has fiber into 16,000 buildings across its footprint, but has thus far struggled to turn that into revenue growth in the way that such assets have been doing on this side of the Atlantic.

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