Fiber Roundup 8/18: 360Networks, Abovenet, Southern Telecom, Level 3

August 18th, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Here is a quick summary of several fiber contracts and expansions that have crossed the wires in the last few days:

Western regional fiber operator 360Networks finished a fiber build for Advanced Data Centers.  The build consisted of diverse laterals into the company’s McClellan Park facility, which sits on an former Air Force Base.  According to ADC, they can now offer low latency 2.3ms connectivity over to major datacenters in the SF Bay area while not having the same earthquake risks. That’s the first time I’ve seen low latency pop up in a PR for such a west coast route, hmmm.

Down in Culpeper VA, abvt has brought the NAP of the Capital Region of  Terremark on-net.  The datacenter campus has been filling up as quickly as Terremark (news, filings) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] can build new facilities, so it’s becoming a place that an operator needs to be.  As far as I know, Abovenet hasn’t built a new fiber route that far off their original build and I don’t see a route to Culpeper on their Virginia fiber map yet , so perhaps they are working with FiberLight on this one?

In Atlanta, Southern Telecom has launched a major expansion of its metro presence.  The arm of energy utility Southern Company already operated 30 miles of dark fiber in downtown and midtown, but has now ‘gained access’ to an additional 60 mile dark fiber ring out into the suburbs.  Hmmm, they didn’t say ‘built’ – I wonder where that ring came from, anyone know?  Southern Telecom seems to me to be a candidate for consolidation much like other energy-derived fiber such as AGL and DukeNet has been already, but I haven’t heard it’s for sale thus far.

And finally today Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) finally got something out of its government Networx Enterprise contract.  The fiber operator will provide multiple 10G wavelengths to connect several of the datacenters of the Social Security Administration.  That’s a solid federal sector win though probably not particularly huge – hopefully there will be more of them.

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