Thursday Roundup 12-2: SDN, Global Crossing, Teliasonera, Lightower, Windstream

December 2nd, 2010 by · 1 Comment

With the Comcast/Level3 dustup dominating the news this week, lots of other items worth attention haven’t gotten any.  

SDN communications, which supplies bandwidth to South Dakota and the surrounding region, has deployed the ATN metro gear of Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) as part of the $20M stimulus project it won.  SDN has had a longstanding relationship with Infinera, even showing up as a top 10 customer there a while back.  This particular project was slated to add 140 miles of intercity fiber plus another 219 of middle mile spurs.

Teliasonera International Carrier (news) [a subsidiary of TeliaSonera AB (ETR:TLS, news, filings)] won a contract extension with gaming company Demonware.  The European carrier will support the next edition of the Call of Duty franchise, which arrives in force this holiday season.  This deal should perhaps be seen as a brother to their win at Blizzard over the summer.  Both Blizzard and Demonware are subsidiaries of Activision.

International operator glbc continued its stream of victories in the southern hemisphere by announcing a contract expansion with RedCLARA, which is an academic-focused non-profit down in Latin America that serves more than 700 universities and research centers.  This particular three year contract is for transatlantic connectivity between São Paulo and Madrid.  Those Impsat assets continue to show strength.

And finally, two of the many pending acquisitions from the fall have closed.  Lightower Fiber Networks (news) is now the proud owner of the former Lexent Metro Connect, adding some 200 on-net buildings to its network in the New York metropolitan area.  I wonder if they’re done now, or if they are still looking for additional fiber targets?  And Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) closed its purchase of Hosted Solutions from ABRY Partners in record time – the deal was just announced 4 weeks ago.  We’re still waiting for the KDL deal to close, however. 

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Categories: Internet Backbones · Mergers and Acquisitions · Telecom Equipment

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