There has been quite a flurry of interesting bandwidth and fiber deals in the past few days, let's take a quick look at each in turn:
360Networks announced that it is providing the fiber connectivity underlying the rural broadband wireless solution being rolled out by Frontier Telenet. Frontier TeleNet is a partnership between Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties and the North Central Education Service District - all in rural Oregon. The middle mile network's coverage area will be expanded from 4,000 to 20,660 square miles and will hook up a school districts, healthcare facilities, law enforcement and emergency services personnel throughout the area.
Horizon Data Center Solutions selected FiberLight to bring a 10GbE connection and dedicated IP services into its new facility in Manassas, Virginia. FiberLight turned up the capacity in less than a week, including construction - something they specialize in. Horizon offers a variety of services from colocation on up to the cloud for both federal and corporate clients.
Canadian based firm Megatrade Communication Services is now offering Hibernia Atlantic's Global Financial Network to its members. This is yet another low latency and diversity play, taking advantage of Hibernia's unique footprint that can bypass the New York area on the way from Toronto to London and Frankfurt. Hibernia guarantees Megatrade members rapid installation and deployment of fiber routes within a 5-day timeframe.
Optimum Lightpath announced an expansion of its relationship with Mack-Cali Realty in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, with a focus on Morris County, Jersey City, and Westchester County. The metro fiber arm of Cablevision has now brought more than 70 of Mack-Cali's commercial buildings on-net, connecting its mid to large enterprise customers in the financial, healthcare, and other sectors. Such a partnership between a dense metro fiber network and a regional real estate operator seems like a natural one, I wonder why we don't hear more of such arrangements.
And finally, international network operator Tinet has expanded into Boston. The former international arm of Tiscali has brought online a connection to the 800,000 square foot facility at One Summer Street. Tinet is also planning to open a third NOC this year in the US, and continues its expansion as a wholesale IP and Ethernet backbone.
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