A few quick notes about news items that have crossed the wires today and yesterday:
euNetworks has a new Chief Operating Officer. John Franklin will take over the COO role as the company continues to add muscle to their operations in preparation for growth. Franklin was most recently at BT, but had earlier been behind network development at Level 3 Europe where at the time he likely reported to none other than Brady Rafuse, who is now CEO of euNetworks. Small world, eh?
International IP solutions provider glbc won a global converged MPLS deal with international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. That's quite a mouthful, you have to love law firm names. The three year deal covers network reliability around the globe, including Abu Dhabi, Moscow, London, Geneva, Beijing, and of course locations in the USA, and will enable the firm to leverage VoIP services, audio conferencing and datacenter connectivity. This sort of deal is general the bread and butter of a Verizon Business or Orange Business etc, so it's an interesting win for Global Crossing.
Level 3 continued its mid-Market push up in South Burlington, Vermont. The company will be providing dedicated internet access to Tech Vault's new datacenter via a ringed Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) diverse entrance. While Vermont is rather far from the beaten path when it comes to the internet, the state was one of the early markets addressed by Level 3's local initiative and this sort of mid-Market win fits right in. Level 3 has a ton of metro and regional fiber in the area that it picked up from Telcove of course. A resurgent mid-Market presence continues to be an important part of Level 3's plan to return to growth.