TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) raked in yet another of its trademark multi-site, multi-year enterprise contracts yesterday over in the healthcare vertical. Clinica Sierra Vista will be using the company's Business Ethernet and converged services to connect 46 locations in California. That means the company's data center facilities in Fresno and Bakersfield as well as all of its many locations across Kern, Inyo, and Fresno counties.
The pic to the left is of the Death Valley Health Center - I'm not sure they picked the optimal name for that one... tw telecom has been building out its fiber to enterprises at an incredible rate lately, consistently adding more than 500 buildings per quarter. That has been coming almost entirely as additional depth on their current fiber, as their metro route miles have not increased substantially in quite some time. The healthcare vertical and this type of multi-site deal have been an important part of that expansion. So much data is being moved around these days by the healthcare sector, and with more stringent security needs than most too.
There was a time when tw telecom used to use type-2 connectivity for a fair amount of their enterprise business, but the economics seem to have shifted in favor of building out fiber to a much wider variety of locations. I have no idea how many of those 46 will be on-net buildings in this case of course. But since Clinica Sierra Vista started out serving poor families and migrant workers, I'll bet most of those locations are unlikely to fall on big metro fiber corridors.