Wednesday International Roundup 5/19: Orange, Level 3, Verizon Business

May 19th, 2010 by · 2 Comments

There were several interesting deals over the past day or two, here's a quick look:

Flowserve, an international provider of flow control products, will be migrating its worldwide connectivity to Orange Business Services, the international arm of France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings).  Orange will manage the company's MPLS network, freeing Flowserve to focus on its core business and of course saving them money as well.  The outsourcing includes more than 250 facilities spread across 56 countries and some 1000 network switches, amongst other features.  This sort of deal is Orange Business's bread and butter.

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) added yet another European win for its CDN services, announcing a contract with CoachClub.  The France-based company offers rather specialized online video products, namely sports and fitness coaching,mostly to customers in France and Quebec.  Level 3 will be their primary provider for both storing and delivering those videos.

Verizon Business also won a nice contract extension with La Quinta Inns.  Under the three year $11M deal, they will upgrade La Quinta's existing network and provide an integrated solution with VoIP service and wireless access for nearly 800 hotels in 46 states as well as a call center in Canada and their centralized data center.  With so many locations, this sort of deal is always the domain of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) or AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) rather than their much smaller rivals.

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  • Bill A says:

    Hello Rob,
    It seems every week we see a new announcement from lvlt with new business. Yet, the revenue at the firm is flat. Clearly, lots of lost business or lower pricing is happening! Yet, as a small investor there is no way to track where the churn is most active. Can you see it as an industry insider?

    • Rob Powell says:

      They certainly have been noisy since the new year on the PR front, haven’t they?

      From what I hear, churn in the first quarter was in the wholesale group from grooming by large customers. MidMarket churn is still there, but lessened some. They say we see growth from here, but of course until it’s in a 10-Q it’s not real is it…

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