Here's a quick look at some other interesting news by network operators recently, with items from Transtelco, Telx, Level 3, and Masergy:
Transtelco (news) has been actively building out its Texas network this year, and yesterday moved into Telx's Dallas C3 Cloud Connection center, which they will use as a central PoP for the metro area. Over the summer they did a deal with PAETEC for fiber between El Paso and Temple - that fiber likely coming from the former McLeodUSA assets. Telx Group (news, filings) is a natural place for Transtelco to interconnect, allowing them easy access to many carriers and allowing them to better market their trans-border offerings.
Up in Canada, Fibrenoire is betting on Carrier Ethernet, and has selected Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) to help them do it. Fibrenoire operates metro fiber in Montreal as well as assets in both Quebec City and Toronto. They'll be using Cisco's IP NGN architecture with ASR 9000 routers and ME 3600X switches for and end-to-end MEF-certified solution.
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has enhanced its cutomer portal, broadening its scope to include a robust quoting service. Wholesale customers and resellers will be able to self-generate service quotes for a range of their network services, giving them greater control and a faster turnaround on buildout plans. That's the sort of thing that will help Level 3 better scale a jump in the company's organic growth rate, which they hope to find a way to make happen after they get the bulk of the Global Crossing integration out of the way. The company's stock has weakened lately, mostly as short term investors realize that the integration work will take rather a while to show up.
Masergy Communications (news, filings) is partnering with the Caribbean region's Digicel, which will leverage the network provider's global connectivity to better serve all those legal and financial clients in the Caymans. A big consideration there is swift response to impending hurricanes and such that need lots of bandwidth quickly to move lots of data to a safer location. Masergy of course is nowadays part of the ABRY portfolio after an unsuccessful IPO attempt earlier in the year.