T-Day Roundup 11-24: TWTC, GLBC, LVLT, and Spread Networks

November 24th, 2010 by · 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Before you go, here's a quick rundown of this week's pre-holiday networking news.  There was more of it than usual for this short week:

TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) is joining the expansion parade down in Atlanta with a major buildout to the suburbs north and east of the city.  The new loops will offer potential connectivity to more than 600 commercial buildings in Johns Creek, Suwanee, Duluth, Norcross, the Emory University area, Decatur and Tucker, and bring the company's total Atlanta metro route mileage to 550.  Atlanta is hot lately, as XOFiberLight and Zayo have also expanded their fiber networks in the metro area this year alone.

glbc continues to see success down in Brazil, announcing a renewed and expanded contract with Positivo Informática for data center and managed security services.  Positivo Informática is Brazils largest computer manufacturer, and also offers education portals serving more than 3,100 public and private institutions to which Global Crossing also provides connectivity.  The South American marketplace remains the international network operator's most solid asset.

Upstart low latency provider Spread Networks (news) went live with a 15.50ms Ethernet Wave service connecting New York and Chicago, performing at a full quarter of a millisecond faster than the SLA they have offered. Spread also offers a 13.33ms 'dark fiber service' over the same, brand new fiber route they have constructed.  They also partnered with Endace to provide accurate latency measurements to their customers, who as you might imagine are quite sensitive to actual sustained performance.

And finally, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) won a deal with RestorePoint, a disaster recovery outfit based in Alpharetta which will leverage the network provider's dedicated internet access to enhance its product offerings.  Level 3 has been pushing all year to return to an organic growth footing, and the pressure is only getting higher.  According to a Bloomberg report its largest shareholder, Southeast Asset Management, is becoming more publicly vocal about its disappointment with progress so far.

Categories: Internet Backbones · Low Latency · Metro fiber

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  • Anon says:

    Rob- the long Leaf filing strikes me as a big deal. Didn’t get much notice. These guys functionally are the “owners” of a company & not much that needs a vote can be done without them…. Is this the first step of the next phase? Does mgmt survive?? While owner declared the “assets” as irreplaceable, not sure they said anything similar about hired managers?

    • Rob Powell says:

      They’re definitely on a shorter leash right now than they have been in the past. Much depends on the promised return to real organic growth. If it doesn’t happen, then…

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