Several interesting bits of fiber news already this week:
Unite Private Networks added yet another couple of e-rate notches to its belt, this time out in Kansas in the towns of Hoisington and Elwood. The Hoisington and Riverside school districts have signed onto long term agreements for WAN data services, and will soon get a fiber-powered boost to their bandwidth. UPN has been very active this year, announcing many such deals with more on the way.
Back on the east coast, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has expanded services at 100 Delawanna Ave. The Telx facility in Clifton at has been gaining steam on a variety of fronts, and also hosts one of Telx’s Ethernet Exchanges. Telx announced another 15K square foot expansion last month. For its part, Level 3 has been doing quite a bit more lately on the ground to expand its network footprint, I’m eager to see the results show up in their financials.
And down in North Carolina, non-profit MCNC is looking for a service provider partner to handle the commercial broadband side of the stimulus project they’ve been working on, known as the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. When complete, it will bring more than a thousand miles of middle mile fiber across the state. The private sector partner they are looking for would market that fiber to businesses and other service providers – taking the idea beyond those everpresent anchor institutions we keep hearing about.
Over in Spain, Regetal has selected Infinera’s ATN for its regional network, which will be built out by ICT integrator Telindus. Regetal is owned by the regional government, which is looking to bring broadband access to the remote, self governing region. This year, total route miles will pass the 1,800 route mile mark.
And just in now, TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) has picked up another of its bread and butter multi-site regional deals. Medtech College is leveraging the company’s extensive footprint to hook up sites in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The upgraded multi-year agreement features an IPVPN connecting ten campuses plus Metro Ethernet connectivity to the college’s datacenter and backup facility. Medtech, as one might guess, specializes in healthcare education.
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