Time to catch up on some other noteworthy news from this week from inetwork, Enventis, Broadsoft, and Telco Systems:
lyns is moving its E911 business to inetwork, the wholesale division of Bandwidth.com which derives most of its E911 heritage from the acquisition of dash Carrier Services last February. Kentucky-based Lightyear made noise a couple years back by going public and promising a string of small CLEC acquisitions. Only one of those occurred, but Lightyear is still out there and has been steadily improving its operations. Bandwidth and inetwork are, for their part, definitely looking to raise their profile in the VoIP sector this year with a growing toolbox aimed at serving cloud-based communications providers.
In the Upper Midwest, HickoryTech's Enventis division says it has deployed a scalable suite of Cisco gear for Young America in Edina, Minnesota. The marketing firm's streamlined data center infrastructure is now based off of the Unified Computing System (UCS), on which they have Unified Communications (UC) and Unified Contact Center (UCCX) applications running. I think we need to remind Cisco that not all abbreviations must start with UC. HickoryTech and Enventis recently got a big fiber boost with the acquisition of IdeaOne and its deep metro footprint in Fargo, ND.
Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT, news, filings) won a substantial software deal with the Canadian giant Rogers Communications. Rogers will be using BroadWorks to power its 'Rogers One Number' offering, which as you might expect from the name allows users to maintain one number across many devices. Since going public a couple years ago, BroadSoft has been making some very solid organic progress.
And in the UK, Telco Systems (news) introduced a cloud gateway aggregation platform, entitled the T-Metro 8000. The vendor is moving swiftly on the Carrier Ethernet opportunity brought on by the cloud revolution, in which one of the key issues is how to scale the larger and more complex backhaul systems that are becoming necessary. Telo Systems' latest box supports as much as 1Tbps of capacity in a 6RU chassis, and 240Gbps per line card, all supporting the new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specifications. No doubt other Ethernet vendors are working on related nextgen gear.
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