Aside from the NTELOS/FiberNet deal, there were several other interesting news items from companies with a substantial metro fiber orientation:
Optimum Lightpath, the metro fiber division of Cablevision, has now established a connection with CENX's Carrier Ethernet Exchange. To the equation they bring some 4000 route miles of fiber connecting some 4000 lit buildings to date throughout the New York City metropolitan area. CENX boasts some 10M+ Ethernet Service Locations that can be accessed via its exchange, however I believe it is those directly connected by fiber that represent the most valuable to its development as a nexus.
US Signal is expanding deeper into the Ohio marketplace. The midwestern regional fiber operator is bringing its virtual Ethernet services into Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dayton. Last fall they added about a thousand route miles of longhaul fiber to connect up major markets in the state, and they have also been moving to activate metro dark fiber loops as well.
Over in Europe, euNetworks has been named a supplier of connectivity for NYSE EuroNext's SFTI Access Centres. The small European metro fiber operator has been quite aggressive in its approaches to low latency sensitive financial players. Their intercity footprint is well positioned for such business, lying largely between London and Frankfurt while hitting all the major markets in between.
And XO has introduced a new tool to estimate the savings that enterprises could achieve by utilizing their XO Enterprise SIP product, which enables customers to centralize and streamline multi-location voice networks. The tool factors in details that include the number of employees, network locations and intra-company long distance calls.