Several items in the news today that are worth noting:
24/7 Fiber Network, a relatively new entrant into the metro and regional fiber business in the Maryland and Delaware markets, has completed phase 1 of its buildout. The new 432 count fiber build connects the company's Baltimore area metro network through Salisbury to the eastern Virginia shore, cutting across the Chesapeake Bay along the way. They have also extended southward into College Park. The next phase, which is due for completion in thr fourth quarter, will extend that fiber northward through Dover up to Wilmington, as well as further into the DC metro area.
Also in the mid-Atlantic, abvt has pulled fiber into the data center of Power Loft in northern Virginia. Power Loft specializes in energy-efficient “green” design and serves from within the high tech corridor of Prince William county. Interestingly prominent in the release is the low latency services now available to customers, as the financial vertical isn't so large here. Low latency awareness does appear to be seeping beyond the NY area and NY/Chicago routes.
And out west, 360Networks inked a deal with Velocity Networks. Velocity will be purchasing dedicated internet access as well as a basket of wholesale VoIP products to support its business VoIP customers. By bundling DIA with the other products, Velocity is able to prioritize its VoIP traffic across the 360Networks IP backbone, thereby reducing hops and improving call quality. With all the M&A activity in the fiber business, I continue to wonder if 360's rather unique footprint will get some attention later this year.