RCN Metro, Orange Business, Level 3 Notch Wins

February 8th, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Three interesting contracts landed this morning, let’s take a quick look at each.

RCN Metro, the metro fiber division of RCN Business (NASDAQ:RCNI, news, filings), won a deal with Pacific Northwest Net. They will be providing multiple ethernet circuits between Boston and New York, their two largest markets.  By its name, Pacific Northwest Net sounds like an unlikely buyer of east coast transport services, but while they began in Washington state the company now delivers video links to the video industry internationally – a nice customer to have around right now.  

Orange Business, the international arm of France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings), won a renewed and expanded contract for WAN services with Royal DSM covering sites in 180 offices across 50 countries worldwide.  Who is Royal DSM you ask?  Basically, they make all sorts of materials from which other companies make stuff that you buy.  They’re based in the Netherlands and have some 23,500 workers on the payroll worldwide – so it’s a nice win for Orange.

And Level 3 won a government CDN deal at the US Geological Survey.  They will be providing caching and download services for the websites maintained by the department, which deliver publicly available information about natural resources and hazards, including critical updates about earthquake activity.  Now we’re not talking Facebook or Hulu traffic levels here, but what these sites have in common is wildly, unpredictable traffic patterns – and they must stay up.  Not that many CDNs do much business with the government, so there is probably less competition for this kind of deal than Level 3 would face elsewhere.  Nice to see their 5 year long push into the federal markets continues to bear fruit.  As for their overall results, we’ll hear about those on Wednesday.

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