Here’s a quick catchup on recent news items:
Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) picked up a rather interesting win with the Milwaukee Public Schools facilitated by channel partner MC2. They have implemented a 228 site network with integrated voice and data, leveraging an E-Rate program grant. This deal is outside the footprint of the company’s recent purchases of Deltacom and One Communications, so this one probably derived from their New Edge business. I still expect EarthLink is looking to expand its fiber footprint further, inorganically.
Meanwhile, PAETEC (news, filings) has received early termination of the waiting period under Hart-Scott-Rodino for its proposed purchase by Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings). The deal still surprises me, both that Windstream has the balls to go so far down the CLEC road and that Paetec was willing to sell at this stage.
And cbey announced a win on the cloud front. They will be delivering a cloud PBX solution for Pardot, an Atlanta-based interactive marketing software provider. Their old PBX hardware had been unable to scale with their business. CBeyond has moved actively over the past year to offer cloud-based services to the SMB, and is also currently working to move from a T1-based infrastructure to Ethernet.
Japanese giant NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) is adding another acronym to its as-a-service alphabet: UCaaS, which is of course Unified Communications as a Service. Their Arcstar unit will offer the new Cisco-powered product to its IPVPN customers. NTT is also expanding coverage of its SIP trunking offerings from just Singapore in May to 15 countries now and on to 30 countries by March.
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