Hmmm, perhaps I'll have to expand my definition of on-net buildings even further. Yesterday, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) announced that it will be working with Stratus Global to improve offshore communications for the oil and gas industry. Offshore as in oil rigs, platforms, and vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. The two year agreement is for $5.2M, and will bring reliable voice service, corporate VPNs, high-speed Internet connectivity, and wi-fi hotspots.
Stratus Global specializes in mobile and fixed wireless communications solutions, and will be deploying gear from Alcatel-Lucent in support of its recently launched StratosMAX II broadband service. Included are the equipment maker's 9500 packet microwave radio, it's 7750 router and other related IP/MPLS items, WiMAX gear, and professional services. Their previous network had been ATM-based.
Hmmm, all they need now is some coffee and they can open a Starbucks.
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