Expansion continues to be the early theme of 2010 amongst network operators of all types, here are a few lesser known items that crossed the wires recently.
Regional network operator Pinpoint Network Solutions is apparently lighting new fiber between Chicago and Denver, using packet-optical gear from BTI Systems. The expansion will add some 700 miles to that part of their network, along with an initial 80Gbps of capacity. Omaha-based Pinpoint has a rather unique footprint that I have felt either fits well in M&A with someone like Zayo or has lots of room for expansion. Apparently the latter is the order of the day.
Mammoth Networks has expanded its fiber presence in the Rockies, offering new capacity to companies like TCT in rural Wyoming. They are using CWDM gear to supply 1G data aggregation links at a reasonable price for the middle mile. Given the location that's more like the 'middle miles and miles', since Wyoming averages just 5.4 people per square mile.
Earthlink's New Edge Networks has had a series of news items pop up as they expand their channel programs. They released a quick quote tool for their MPLS services, enabling agents and resellers better access to their products and services. Carrier Source, which specializes in retail businesses with 50+ sites to hook up, has signed on as a Master Agent. Also coming on board with New Edge's ecosystem are 8x8 and XCast. Since Earthlink took over, New Edge has been rather quiet - perhaps they are waking up now.