Wednesday Roundup: Abovenet, Level 3, XO, Clearwire

June 2nd, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Several news items lately that are worthy of note:

Clearwire continues to advance, and this week they formally began service in Kansas City and central Washington DC, and they extended their Baltimore coverage to 725 square miles.  In DC, coverage for the wider metro area will apparently follow over the next few months.  Once complete though, WiMAX will be available in DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia as well as to the west in central PA – a growing regional archipelago that awaits the arrival of New York.

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) had two announcements.  The company’s CDN division was apparently behind the live streaming of the Indy 500 over the weekend, and will be doing the same for the remaining 11 IZOD IndyCar series this year.  I’m not much of an IndyCar fan, but it’s a powerful live sports contract nonetheless for them.  In parallel, the Business Markets group announced that Level 3 will be delivering Gigabit Ethernet services to the Baltimore Technology Park, a highly redundant, secure datacenter in the downtown area.

abvt has expanded its metro portfolio by adding Core Wave services.  The nextgen architecture  uses ROADM technology providing dynamic wavelength Add/Drops and inter-ring connectivity with flexible traffic routing.  Right now it’s just available in Washington DC and Los Angeles, but will be that expanded to other markets as well.

And finally, XO Holdings (news, filings) is going to have to find a new Chief Operating Officer, because Wayne M. Rehberger has resigned to take a position at TASC.  I was of course immediately asked whether this is a prelude to a deal.  Since I have been predicting the sale of XO for years now without being right once, I’m going to have to suggest that sometimes a new job is just a new job.  But then again, you never know…

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