abvt picked up a significant contract with IPR International, a provider of managed data protection and other services. Abovenet will be providing metro Ethernet connectivity between IPR's facilities in Philadelphia to its data center in Wilmington DE, and to its business continuity center in Reading PA. IPR will be leveraging Abovenet's IP transit services as well. Further expansions of the relationship are planned just to the south in the Baltimore and Washington DC metro areas.
IPR's facility in Wilmington was just opened a few months ago, featuring some 30K square feet of raised floor space. I wonder what type of plans they have in mind for Baltimore and Washington that would require the sort of capacity they can get from Abovenet.
Interestingly, this seems like an intercity deal for Abovenet as much as the usual metro fiber deal, demonstrating that their reach stretches continuously up the I-95 corridor. The company does of course operate an intercity backbone, but its focus has been on the deep metro side for many years. In the mid-Atlantic and northeast though, those metro networks tend to be bunched closer together.
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