Several items have passed by on the wires lately worth a mention:
Just this morning, rcn-metro announced a win in the financial vertical with Monadnock Capital Management, for whom they will be providing Ethernet connectivity between its Philadelphia trading operations and key financial exchanges in New York and New Jersey. Monadnock's President, Daniel C. Bigelow, mentioned the time-sensitivity of trade execution as a major reason for choosing RCN Metro.
Late last week, TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) announced another of its bread-and-butter type of customer contracts. Cornerstone Mortgage Company selected the national metro fiber operator for a range of services including IPVPN, Ethernet, regional LAN, and colocation. The deal covers some 60 locations across 12 states, but will also further enable Cornerstone's expansion into new markets. Actually, tw telecom's 'bread and butter' customers seem to be getting bigger on average these days, as they have been taking aim at large enterprises.
Out west, regional operator 360Networks picked up a nice contract with CDS Telecom. They have deployed private line circuits in support of a government project, leveraging 360's unique routes to reach locations that others would have had to lease from the ILEC.
And finally, Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL, news, filings) moved to expand its bandwidth capacity with gear from Canadian-based BTI Systems. The regional operator has deployed the 7000 series packet optical platform in Illinois to meet demand from HDTV, voice, and data from its combined residential and enterprise customer base. BTI has been finding a fair amount of success with regional operators lately.
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