IP Networks, which operates a rather low profile metro fiber footprint in the San Francisco Bay Area, has signed on with Tinet and its EtherCloud. Tinet's EtherCloud was unveiled back in April, and represents the evolution of Neutral Tandem's earlier entry into the Ethernet Exchange market.
Via EtherCloud they'll be able to expand their customer universe further than they could have gone on their own. They'll also be able to offer their existing customers Ethernet connectivity beyond their own footprint without having to set up E-NNIs with everyone else along the way.
We don't hear too often from IP Networks, despite the fact that it is one of the few independent, alternative fiber operators in a key bandwidth market. Their name didn't turn up often in consolidation rumors last year either. Several years back though they won a substantial T-Mobile USA backhaul deal for the region.