A bit of catchup to do now:
Down in Texas, regional and metro network operator Alpheus Communications has joined the IPv6 bandwagon, having implemented the new protocol across its fiber footprint. I'm still figuring out how to get Ramblings on that bandwagon of course. As for Alpheus, this time last year there was talk it was up for sale, at one point said to be in exclusive talks with some buyer. Nothing ever came of it - one of the few unfulfilled rumors of 2010. However the M&A wave seems to be back in action and I'll bet they're still available at the right price.
360Networks continued its expansive ways, this time taking their Single Point of Interconnection (SPI) T1 product into another 758 wire centers. That's a 50% increase, bringing them to 2,194 wire centers in all. Cities in which the expansion occurred included the California markets of LA, SF, San Diego, Sacramento and Stockton, and the Midwestern cities of Sioux City, Omaha, Duluth, Rochester, Fargo, and Rapid City. In other words, they're filling in gaps along the western and eastern edges of their footprint. That footprint is another one I keep expecting to show up the the M&A rumors, but not so far.
In the NJ datacenter market, Telx unveiled expansion plans at the 100 Delawanna facility in Clifton. They'll be adding 15K square feet in response to growing demand in the region, and also said they are working on plans for a larger expansion project as well. If it seems like just a few months ago that Telx added space in Clifton, you're absolutely right. The same facility is home to one of the company's Ethernet Exchange nodes.
And finally, Spread Networks found itself a partner who will be marketing those metro fiber links in NJ they have been working on. Hudson Fiber Network will be offering the full suite of low latency metro services between Secaucus and Spread's longhaul endpoint in Carteret. There are probably more metro routes in Spread's future in the NY and Chicago markets as well as more partners to sell bandwidth through, as those areas do seem to be their focus right now.
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