Happy Groundhog Day! Plenty of interesting news to look at from the independent fiber operators this week already:
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) issued its annual Super Bowl announcement yesterday, courtesy of its Vyvx division. They'll be providing live HD broadcast services to NBC and the NFL on Sunday via their VenueNET+ technology, serving more than 3,000 hours of video content from Indianapolis including the pre and post-game feeds. It's the 23rd year in a row, which of course stretches back further into Vyvx's own history since Level 3 itself isn't that old.
Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) says it has completed an NNI with XCast Labs, with whom they have been working for some time. The connectivity will enhance XCast's ability to leverage Earthlink's MPLS network to deliver its VoIP and data services. Earthlink has spent the last several quarters integrating all those CLEC assets together into a coherent whole, and we should start seeing the benefits show themselves in 2012.
Western regional operator Integra Telecom added collaboration and messaging services to its product lineup. Powered by Microsoft, the hosted services further add to Integra's ability to address the needs of a wider range of enterprises. Combined with the company's increased investment in its fiber assets, 2012 looks like it could be an interesting year.
FiberLight (news) has now added its name to the list of fiber operators directly supporting Amazon's AWS cloud platform. They will be providing direct connect services hooking up enterprises directly to Amazon's cloud infrastructure at up to 10Gbps. They join network operators Level 3 and AboveNet and colocation specialists Equinix and CoreSite in the Amazon AWS club, as well as apparently First Communications who seem to be on the list but without a public announcement yet.
And finally, Northeastern fiber operator sidera added a new channel agent to its roster. Interactive Telecom Solutions (ITS) has signed on to market the company's bandwidth and low latency solutions to the finance, healthcare, and higher education sectors. Sidera is now pushing 2,900 on-net buildings and will probably break the 3,000 barrier this year.
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