Bandwidth Roundup 2-3: Colt, AboveNet, Global Crossing, 360Networks, Level 3

February 3rd, 2011 by · 2 Comments

Catching up with the various network operator news this week that I couldn't put together a whole post on:

Trans-European network operator Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) has extended its partnership with iPass for enterprise mobility services via a cloud-based services delivery system.  That's fancy marketing-speak for secure access to 260,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.  That gives extra coverage to Colt's enterprise computing offerings, which they have been beefing up via cloud computing on other fronts as well.  I haven't thought of Colt too often in the mobile arena, hmmm.

Seems like every month, abvt adds a few more metro loops somewhere.  Well, they ought to given that they're spending 30%+ of revenues on capex for expansion.  This month though, the lucky market is southern California's Orange County, where they have built out loops into Costa Mesa and Irvine, and added a new PoP in Irvine at 17222 Von Karman Avenue.

glbc continued its string of deals in the southern hemisphere at the Chilean affiliate of the French MNC Sodexo  Motivation Solutions.  They worked with Sodexo to virtualize and consolidate the company's IT infrastructure.  Wow, someone said virtualize and IT infrastructure without using the word 'cloud'!  It's not a new relationship of course, Sodexo has been working with Global Crossing for years.

On the west coast, 360Networks has completed an overhaul of its IP infrastructure.  The upgrade included the integration of Juniper MX series routers at the IP layer, Alcatel-Lucent 1830 switches for transport, and other gear for the edge and layer 2 Ethernet, greater exchange coverage, and upgraded transit and peering connectivity.

And finally, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) made its annual Superbowl announcement, which for the football-free amongst us is this weekend.  The company's Vyvx unit has delivered the Superbowl for longer than all but we veterans of the original Mosaic browser have been on the internet.  For this year, they have connected the stadium in Arlington Texas directly with fiber, and will provide FOX with integrated voice, data, and video during the event.  They'll also be handling the pre-game and post-game feeds, acquiring, encoding, and transporting 3000+ hours of video.

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  • Anonymous says:

    What are the odds 3 loses money on this deal

    • carlk says:

      Probably as high as the accelerated growth contained in the 20 percent “signed sales orders” that are in the bank, and going to be turned into revenue this year. No funny funnels there!

      I think (3) greatest obstacles continue to be those off net MONOPOLISTS slowing down delivery of “tail circuits” creating drags which has caused (3) to move aggressively, in “step functions” even, in order to multiply ON NET enterprise buildings attached directly to their network.

      It’s going to be an interesting year, one which may disprove Munger Wisdom. imo

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