Fiber Wednesday 1-26: US Signal, 360Networks, Zayo, Level 3

January 26th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

Catch-up time for the fiber sector:

Midwestern regional and metro operator US Signal (news) has completed the expansion of its footprint to the south and west.  They have lit 1,000 miles of intercity fiber into southern Indiana and through central and southern Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri.  The expansion also includes metro rings in St.Louis and in Bloomington.  

Out west, 360networks is taking on layer 2 Ethernet with a new service offering.  They will be providing scalable layer 2 connectivity between major carrier hotels, data centers, and exchanges throughout their footprint.  Such Ethernet services fit well with the company's wholesale orientation, and their rather unique footprint will let them offer such connectivity to some hard to reach places.

In the Denver metro area, Zayo Group (news, filings) has found itself a new partner in FORETHOUGHT.net, which provides internet, voice and data in Colorado.  FORETHOUGHT.net has entered into a multi-year dark fiber infrastructure agreement, with which it will interconnect central offices as well as customer buildings themselves.  Zayo's Denver footprint derives from its acquisition of the former Adesta assets a few years ago, and they have been putting money to work developing it ever since. 

And finally, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) added another CDN deal to its growing list,  They will be providing live streaming to Roku boxes nationwide for WealthTV.  The content will be delivered with HTTP adaptive bit rate streaming, with token authentication and geo-intelligence.  Is this the year Level 3's CDN becomes the major factor in its results that they envisioned when they bought those Savvis assets years ago?

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Categories: Content Distribution · Ethernet · Internet Backbones · Metro fiber

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