Lots of interesting news items today, here are a few with some brief comments:
Covad has joined CENX’s carrier Ethernet exchange, which will broaden the company’s distribution capabilities for its Ethernet offerings. Covad’s presence in some 4000+ central offices across the country allows them to address more than 10 million businesses in 240 metropolitan statistical areas, which is a lot of potential endpoints to add to CENX’s inventory. Frankly, the company’s participation in the Ethernet exchange marketplace is something I figured was just a matter of time, it fits their business model very well.
Up in Vermont, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has won a substantial networking contract with the Vermont State College (VSC). The company will provide data internet and WAN services across all campuses over 17 areas throughout the state. VSC includes Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College – and has a total enrollment of more than 13,000 students. Level 3’s regional and metro infrastructure in Vermont came from the Telcove acquisition, and last year was selected as one of the local markets in which the company was expanding and adding a general manager. Apparently, that effort has been gaining some traction.
And finally, Global Crossing is now providing its SIP trunking solutions to software company Clarity Consulting. Clarity Consulting will incorporate the solution into its hosted contact center management product,Clarity Connect, enabling customers to enhance the call control functions of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2. SIP trunking has been rising steadily in importance throughout the sector, and applications like this are finally starting to show what VoIP can do better rather than simply cheaper.
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