While I am mostly a virtual presence in the world of telecom, the week after next I will be present in person in New York City at the Telecom Exchange 2012, for which Telecom Ramblings is also a media sponsor. So if you’ll be around, you know where to find me. In the meantime, here’s a quick review of some interesting bits of news from the CLEC and Metro side of the tracks.
Yesterday Zayo announced a managed fiber deal with Peak 10 down in Charlotte, North Carolina. They’ll be hooking up Peak 10′s new 60,000 square foot facility to their existing campus. If you’re trying to remember when Zayo made it into Charlotte, it was AGL’s most recent expansion market. Zayo also obtained MEF 9 and 14 certification for its Carrier Ethernet offerings across its entire footprint.
Overture had a busy week too. In addition to the Icelandic win, they notched a victory in the Carolinas helping Spirit Communications expand its EoC footprint. Meanwhile, over in Europe they won an Ethernet Business Innovation award jointly with Colt. I don’t normally care mucha bout awards, but this one detailed a deployment on more than 200 of Colt’s E-NNIs and thousands of customer sites. I hadn’t realized that Colt was that big an Overture customer.
And both Earthlink and Cbeyond continued adding managed services to their respective managed services portfolios. Earthlink launched Earthlink TechCare, a fully managed outsourced help desk aimed at helping their customers keep their own internal users productive. It’s another example of the company’s gameplan, taking assets and skills from a smaller acquisition to the national stage. Meanwhile, Cbeyond launched a cloud-ready SQL Server product built off of MicroSoft’s SQL Server 2012, which they’ll be looking to sell into their existing customer base.