Quite a lot of news for a Monday morning today, let's take a quick survey of some items from network operators of various sizes:
Telstra is enhancing its Asian subsea network with coherent 40G gear from Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings), becoming the PIC specialist's 100 custoemr in the process. The gear will go on 9,000km of submarine cables between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. I believe that's REACH's RNAL network, which derives from the old Level 3 Asian buildout and which Telstra and PCCW mostly divided up last year.
Orange Business Services (news) [a subsidiary of France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings)] will be providing IP VPN services to Aggreko for a 132 site network spanning 31 countries. Aggreko provides temporary power and temperature control services around the world and especially in emerging markets. This sort of deal is Orange Business's bread and butter.
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) won a contract in the financial vertical with global foreign exchange services provider FXCM. Level 3 will be providing Ethernet private lines between the company's headquarters and remote data centers, as well as IP/MPLS services for connectivity around the world. Level 3's stock price has had a heck of a first quarter, as it starts to get credit for the synergies it is expected to deliver this year.
And firmly back in the USA, newly independent fiber operator Lumos Networks (NASDAQ:LMOS, news, filings) is preparing to take the 100G plunge. They have successfully tested Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings)'s coherent 100G solution, which will allow them to upgrade from 10G simply by deploying new line cards. Lumos split off from nTelos (NASDAQ:NTLS, news, filings) last fall, and operates 5,800 route miles centered on West Virginia. Just when someone might really need 100G across West Virginia is another question, but I digress.