Several news items went by that deserve a mention:
We don't often hear about the data center business of XO Holdings (news, filings), but it does exist. Yesterday non other than Thomson Reuters agreed to lease colocation space in the competitive provider's Minneapolis facility. The space will become the fourth datacenter for Thomson Reuters, which has its headquarters nearby in the town of Eagan, and will support their WestlawNext product line, amongst other things. Thomson's datacenter will be operational in second half of this year.
Western regional provider 360Networks is taking its wholesale VoIP product into Sacramento, adding 45 rate centers covering 1.4M people. The company's VoIP product continues to find traction, but has long been associated more with the rural areas of the west. They seem to be moving past that through the suburbs and into major metropolitan areas. Given the M&A activity for fiber assets this year, I'm sort of surprised 360Netorks' name hasn't cropped up yet.
Over in Europe, Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) staked out its own position as a provider to NYSE Euronext’s SFTI® Access Centres. Once connected, financial customers will have low latency access to Colt's racks at the NYSE Euronext European Liquidity Centre in Basildon just outside of London. Colt is one of several major players in the intra-European low latency bandwidth marketplace, and it is therefore no surprise to see them as a provider for NYSE Euronext. Earlier this week, euNetworks made a similar announcement.
And Level 3 won an expanded contract with Jonestown Bank & Trust (JBT). The networking provider will be upgrading the banks networking infrastructure from frame relay to one based on MPLS and VPN services, with more bandwidth overall of course. JBT has branches across a swath of Pennsylvania, including Jonestown, Lebanon, Grantville, Newmanstown, Cleona and Palmyra. This contract probably derives from Level 3's Telcove purchase, which included a substantial Pennsylvania customer base beyond the major cities. We haven't heard much from that unit since then, perhaps they have found the going a bit easier following Level 3's local markets initiative.
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