So much of the news in the sector lately has been about hooking up data centers, both new and old, as fiber operators add depth to their networks.
Today national CLEC PAETEC (news, filings) announced plans to build a new data center in Andover, to the north of Boston. The two floor facility will add some 40,000 square feet of raised floor space for customer use, and 92,700 square feet total. This is the first in a series of brand new facilities PAETEC intends to build, which together will add a hefty amount of colocation space to their inventory. How deep into the colocation business PAETEC is intending to go is something we'll have to watch.
Northeastern regional fiber operator Lightower announced yesterday that it has pulled fiber into Equinix's NY4 facility in Secaucus NJ. Of course, it seems all dark fiber providers in the NY area who want to address the low latency financial market need to be hooked up to NY4. The expansion follows Lightower's buildout into NJ in the fall, which I am fairly sure went right past this facility. There will likely be many similar announcements throughout 2010 as they add further depth.
And abvt has extended its London metro fiber into the new 200,000 square foot Sentrum IV facility in Woking, Surrey. That brings their total in London to 30 data centers. Abovenet has suggested that there may be new European markets on the way, so perhaps their dense London footprint won't be lonely for long.