Fiber Roundup 3-22: Integra, FiberLight, Level 3, XO, and Interoute

March 22nd, 2011 by · 2 Comments

Lots of news this week to keep up with, so let's look at a few items:

Western regional operator Integra Telecom took another step toward a fiber-focused future and away from its more traditional CLEC roots with the launch of two Ethernet service offerings.  With both Ethernet Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private Line products on tap and MEF-certified, I expect we'll be seeing them hooking up atone or more of the exchanges before long.

Further south in Texas, FiberLight (news) recently won a healthcare fiber contract with Scott & White Health Plan, the insurance division of Scott & White.  Scott & White will be leveraging their footprint for Ethernet connectivity to connect their new facility in Temple to their data center in Waco forty miles away.   FiberLight has put a lot of money into Texas in the past several years, including this bit in Waco itself which is likely helping power the win at Scott & White.

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) won a contract with TSI out in California.  They will be providing various voice services plus dedicated internet access to TSI, which operates out of One Wilshire in LA and NAP4 in Las Vegas.  I haven't run into TSI before, but they seem to specialize in TDM and VoIP with some transport to the wholesale and enterprise segments.  For Level 3, every little bit counts this year, as revenue growth remains their one and only.

XO Holdings (news, filings) announced yet another metro expansion, this time in Minneapolis.  They added 190 route miles of loops in the northern and eastern suburbs, including Anoka, Blain, Crysta, Fridley, Maplewood, New Brighton, and Shoreview.  They also deployed their Ethernet over copper technology, allowing them to reach beyond that fiber.  Still no word on that buyout offer from Icahn.

And finally, pan-European operator Interoute is working with GENBAND to put together what is billed as the first European IPv6 VoIP network.  They'll be supporting IPv6 via GENBAND's S3 Session Border Controller, allowing them to interconnect their current SIP and VoIP solutions with IPv6-enabled mobile operators.  Are there any of those yet?  Probably not, but there will be sooner or later.

Categories: CLEC · Metro fiber · VoIP

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