Here's a quick rundown of some news bits over the past few days:
China Telecom Americas continues to grow its presence here, announcing yesterday the opening of a new full-service office in Chicago. They mostly target multinational and carrier customers with a need to access the Chinese market, but at some point they will surely start to look more like the international division of a European PTT with a more general focus. But moving into Chicago is obviously an earlier stage of that process, giving them an inland presence to go with the usual east and west coast nodes.
Global Capacity says that it has integrated Ethernet services into its One Marketplace Access Exchange platform. That lets it offer automated last mile Ethernet quotes from 32 vendors. Sounds a bit like an Ethernet Exchange, but Global Capacity's model isn't about an exchange fabric but simply hooking up buyers and sellers more of the old fashioned way I guess. They expect Ethernet to account for 40% of total quote demand in 2012 - which will be quite a jump.
And finally, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) won a contract with western service provider Clearfly Communications. They'll be providing several VoIP services as well as some IP transit, helping to enhance Clearfly's geographic reach. Clearfly has been putting various network pieces in place for some time, most recently adding EVPL service from 360Networks between Seattle and Billings over the summer.
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