Fiber Friday: EarthLink, Integra, Telarus, 360Networks, tw telecom

June 10th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

Let's catch up on some items in the regional and metro fiber arena from this week:

In East Tennessee, Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) has finished up the second phase of its broadband stimulus project, in which it was spending $9.4M in federal dollars to build another 131 route miles along a route from Knoxville, through Mirrostown and Johnson City, and on to Bristol.  Phase one included fiber between Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.  Of course, this was a Deltacom project before the merger.

Out west, master agent Telarus has partnered up with Integra Telecom.  The arrangement will let them resell Integra's voice and data products as well as its recently augmented Ethernet portfolio.  Integra has been quietly putting the pieces together organically this year while M&A has been topping the headlines.

Meanwhile in Montana, 360Networks won an Ethernet Virtual Private Line contract with Montana Opticom.  360Networks' EVPL product was just introduced over the winter as part of the company's expansion beyond its more familiar wholesale transport and VoIP turf.  Nice to see them getting some traction with it.  Montana Opticom is working on a stimulus project building a 153 square mile fiber optic network in Gallatin County.

And TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) established a commercial IPv6 internet connection with the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) just in time for World IPv6 Day.  The connection was made at the LSU HSC Shreveport.  LONI and tw telecom know each other well, and they worked together to support SCinet's 260Gbps demo at SC'10 in New Orleans last November.

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