Network Roundup 3-1: Global Crossing, 360Networks, Level 3, Infinera, Spread Networks

March 1st, 2011 by · 2 Comments

On the network front, the news cup runneth over.  Here’s a quick look at everything I haven’t gotten to yet.

glbc won a showcase deal to provide SIP Trunking for Microsoft Technology Centers across the US.  The MTCs demonstrate UC to the business world, meaning potential customers.  Global Crossing is aiming at serving those implementing Microsoft® LyncTM Server 2010, and they are now an MTC Alliance Partner.  Gotta say, that facility (left) looks rather cool.

Western regional operator 360networks picked up another customer for its growing IP transit offering.  Idea One Telecom, which operates up in the northern plains in North Dakota and Minnesota, will be using their services to reach, well, the rest of bandwidth civilization.

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) added to the rest of its PR today with a non-profit contract. They will be providing dedicated internet and voice services to the American Lung Association of the Midland States, meaning Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee.

In the Mediterranean, Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) picked up another undersea win at MedNautilus, which is a division of Telecom Italia Sparkle – the international backbone we hear the least out of nowadays.  Infinera’s gear will quadruple the capacity on the subsea network, which hooks up a variety of ports throughout the Mediterranean.  The short hops would seem to make this sort of deal ideal for their solution.

And finally, Spread Networks (news) continued to expand the metro reach of that ultra-low Chicago-NY longhaul route.  They have now moved into Weehawken.  More specifically, the new endpoint lies in Savvis’s NJ2 facility at 300 Boulevard East.  I’m sure they have more endpoints already in the works throughout the region.

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Categories: Internet Backbones · Low Latency · Metro fiber · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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  • Spread? says:

    Any news on Spread Networks as far as how they are doing financially? I know they didn’t get nearly as many dark fiber customers as they had hoped for. How is the lit fiber sales doing?


    • Rob Powell says:

      You may know more than I, I haven’t managed to pick up any useful tidbits on Spread Network’s finances yet.

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