Over the past week or two there have been several news items in the metro space that managed to slip past my nets, so let's play a bit of catch-up.
NYC area metro specialist Lexent Metro Connect is expanding further into New Jersey. First they are planning to pull fiber into Telx 100 Delawanna facility in Clifton, which has emerged as a key link in the low latency financial networking chain. But Lexent is also heading further south, extending its dark fiber network into Carteret and Piscataway where there are yet more latency-sensitive financial customers to be had.
FiberLight, which operates metro networks in the DC, Texas, and Florida areas amongst others, announced a new virtual metro network service. The idea is to make it easier for network operators with a single hub in a market to leverage FiberLight's metro network and thus instantly serve 4-6 additional aggregation points.
Down in Texas, Alpheus Communications picked up an expanded contract with CapRock, a provider of satellite connectivity that specializes in difficult to reach locations. CapRock will now leverage both Alpheus's metro footprint and its data center facilities for all its Houston teleport connectivity.
Integra Telecom is making a move on Spokane. The northwestern CLEC intends to double its workforce in the area over the next six to nine months as it expands operations and adds a second location at 201 N.River Drive. Integra entered Spokane via the acquisition of Electric Lightwave some 4 years ago, but hadn't done much with it. Nice to see some forward progress at Integra after the reorganization activity of the past year.
And finally, PAETEC (news, filings) is entering Maine, a state that gets less than its fair share of competition in the telecom space. They have now officially opened their office in Portland and will be initially adding up to 10 personnel. Seems like a good time to be making a move on Maine, what with regional incumbent Fairpoint still in the doghouse with customers, regulators, and investors alike.