Here are some Leap Day quick-takes on news related to the growing interconnectivity needs in the telecom and internet infrastructure sector, both for bits and for more general B2B relationships:
Inteliquent (NASDAQ:IQNT, news, filings) is helping BroadVox enhance its High Definition Voice services. They have turned up an HD wideband voice interconnection solution for the competitive VoIP provider, which aims to connect with the other islands of HD voice that have emerged over the last year or two and thus give its customers more endpoints with which it can reach in high def. Inteliquent is, of course, the recently re-branded Neutral Tandem/Tinet, which of course has a long history serving competitive voice providers. They just introduced this HD Voice Interconnect product in August of last year, so it's nice to see them gaining some traction already.
Frankfurt-based ancotel has signed on with Stackpop's e-commerce marketplace. Stackpop is a new entry into this area, led by CEO Jason Evans, formerly of Panther Express. Ancotel, whose main asset is the Kleyer90 facility in Frankfurt but also operates in London, New york, and Hong Kong, will be offering its colo and interconnetion products via Stackpop's automated platform in order to expand its sales channels. These sorts of online marketplaces reflect the increasing complexity of the infrastructure purchases across the market, which is creating opportunities for those who can simplify and automate the necessary relationships.
Long-time interconnection specialist Telx has now acted to streamline and re-brand its various interconnection services across its 17 locations with its new Connect Portfolio. Amongst other things, the new connectivity suite brings the company's Ethernet Exchange business into alignment with its more comprehensive overall offerings. Gone are the days when this was just about cross-connects, the business of interconnection has evolved greatly and the cloud revolution is just accelerating that process. Telx's business model has never been more relevant, but of course it's also getting more and more crowded.
Down in Atlanta, colo and interconnection provider JT Communications has relaunched itself as Colo Atl. I haven't run into Colo Atl (or JT) before, but in addition to carrier neutral colocation they run a meet-me room out of 55 Marietta.
In New York, managed hosting provider Webair also made sure to highlight the ease of interconnecting as it launched its carrier neutral cloud service. They offer connectivity through many carriers via meet me rooms at 111 8th Ave., 60 Hudson St., 25 Broadway, and via Telx’s Ethernet Exchange.
And finally, Equinix is partnering with RightScale for a cloud management service. What these two are trying to do is provide a single interconnected management layer for all the private, public, hybrid, or whatever clouds an enterprise decides is the right mix for its business. Equinix has been working very hard over the past year to find ways to actively benefit from all that cloud activity, as opposed to simply selling the colo space.
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