Time to catch up on some bandwidth news from this week:
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) said today that it won a contract with Princeton Healthcare System for a variety of network services for its new facility in Plainsboro, NJ. That includes dedicated circuts between other hospitals and regional doctors offices, and Ethernet private line to its backup data center up in Cedar Knolls as well as the usual internet access. Level 3's New Jersey metro footprint gives them the assets to win this sort of deal. The healthcare vertical's bandwidth needs will do nothing but grow from here.
Over in the UK, abvt continued to flesh out its low latency FinanceNet offering. Today they unveiled a new dedicated platform between facilities in Slough and Interxion in the City. There has been so much latency competition in London's metro market over the past few years, you'd think by now they're all on perfectly straight lines on every key route, eh?
In the Midwest, regional operator US Signal has expanded its cloud offering as promised. They have added cloud-based advanced security to their portfolio, which provides a virtual firewall with a robust feature set. The combination of cloud services and regional/metro fiber networks is one to keep an eye on over the next few years.
And further south and west, TelePacific completed its acquisition of Tel West, giving them a foothold in Texas - far beyond their usual west coast turf. The deal gives them 3,600 business accounts and metro fiber across six metro areas. That's a good start, but I don't think TelePacific is done yet. I suspect they may be in the market for some additional assets and scale in Texas this winter if they can find some at a reasonable price.