Fiber Roundup 4-6: Intellifiber, TW Telecom, Sidera, US Signal, Teliasonera

April 6th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

So much other news yesterday, let’s quickly catch up:

The highest profile win came over at intellifiber with a government win at NASA.  It’s a five year contract to construct, provision, and deploy a network for NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility out on the Delmarva peninsula.  In the past, the facility’s connectivity all went south through Norfolk, and Intellifiber will be adding a network path along the eastern shore of Maryland to the north and back to the Goddard Space Flight Center back on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay near DC.  Intellifiber is leveraging both existing network and some new construction for the project.

TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) added yet another big law firm to its client roster, announcing a multi-year contract with Smith, Gambrell, and Russell.  tw telecom will be providing a suite of services from Ethernet to IP and voice to their offices in Atlanta, New York, DC, and Jacksonville.  If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is – this sort of deal is tw telecom’s bread and butter.  Can’t argue with success though.

New York based Bloomsbury has selected sidera for dedicated internet access.  No that wasn’t meant to be Bloomberg, that would be different.  Bloomsbury is a book publisher that until now had been sharing its network access with Macmillan, its distribution partner.  They needed more bandwidth and greater reliability – who doesn’t these days, right?  Sidera’s dense footprint in NYC surely helped.

Midwestern fiber operator US Signal (news) is taking a shot at the cloud.  Yesterday they unveiled a managed data center service, whereby they can offer rapid provisioning and hosting of virtual private servers to their customers in support of virtual private clouds.  The combination of a regional fiber network and managed data center services is one I’m still trying to figure out, but I’m increasingly open to the concept.  US Signal has been expanding its fiber footprint in recent quarters, and a move like this on the managed data center front as well suggests a rather aggressive stance we haven’t seen before.

And finally, over in Europe it was TeliaSonera AB (ETR:TLS, news, filings) International Carrier that took a baby step into the cloud with a managed services deal at Populis.  I say baby step because this particular deal is just €1M, which for TeliaSonera isn’t going to move the needle much on its own – but there is probably more on this front to come.  Populis is buying a suite of services out of TeliaSonera’s Frankfurt data center to power its portal in the Italian market amongst other sites.

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