Time to catch up some recent news of interest.
Metro fiber operator abvt announced another strategic expansion, but this time it isn’t into a new market but rather deeper into a more familiar space. They are expanding their sales efforts within carrier neutral datacenters across their footprint, both those they are currently connected to and new ones which they will bring on-net. Sounds like a no-brainer to me. But actually, word has it that Abovenet has actually gained the access to Toronto that it had been seeking, following a recent ruling by the CRTC.
Reliance Globalcom became the latest carrier to sign on with CENX, connecting to the Ethernet Exchange’s Los Angeles facility. I had wondered when Reliance would show up, especially given the Yipes assets they bought a few years ago, which were heavily Ethernet focused. Reliance’s global Ethernet VPLS product seems like an excellent fit with Ethernet exchanges. After all, to be a global provider is to paradoxically *not* be able to go everywhere yourself. CENX has had a fair amount of success lately with the American divisions of Asian-based companies, having signed up both China Telecom and China Unicom in recent months.
Western wholesale operator 360Networks has inked a deal with One Wave Networks. The Idaho-based provider will leverage 360Network’s internet transit services to reach deeper into various Idaho markets. 360Networks seems to have steadily progressed this year, with a stream of contract wins. I haven’t yet heard of them on either side of the M&A frenzy this year though.
And finally, we have two Ethernet-over-Copper items. Competitive service provider cbey is apparently using Actelis Networks gear to power its EoC offering. I’m not too familiar with Actelis, I’ll have to read up. Meanwhile, California-based TelePacific is taking its recently expanded EoC efforts and adding its SmartVoice service on top of it. Fiber may be the future, but the whole EoC space seems to be moving pretty strongly in the present.
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