Fiber Roundup 10/13: Sidera, 360Networks, Level 3

October 13th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

Time to catch up on some of the other fiber news of the week:

Northeastern regional fiber operator Sidera Networks has expanded its footprint in Philadelphia. They have acquired additional colocation space at 401 North Broad Street for 100 new racks and bringing their total to 40,000 square feet.  And last week up in Boston they also snuck a contract past me with NESN for dark fiber and Ethernet services to help carry those Bruins and Red Sox games.

Out west, regional operator 360Networks has built fiber into the gigantic IO Phoenix data center. They are now offering the usual mix of Ethernet, IP, waves and private lines from the facility. Zayo just announced last week that it will be purchasing the company, after which the two companies combined footprints will give them greater scale in this growing market.

And Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) continued its October cannonade of PRs with another contract, this time with the Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, interconnecting with the North Georgia Network Cooperative. The NGN won a $41M stimulus contract to build a 1000 mile regional fiber network hooking up rural communities across the northern part of the state.

Last week Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) expanded its Metro Ethernet services to more than 55 new markets across 10 states.  That will give the rural ILEC more firepower to address on the larger enterprises in its footprint, since one can only go so far with copper.  I suspect we will be hearing more about Frontier's attention to this sector, much as with Windstream and CenturyLink.

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