Metro Bytes 4/10: Fibertech, tw telecom, CapeNet, Earthlink, Spread

April 10th, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

Several interesting stories from the metro space already this week that are worth a quick look.

Metro fiber builder Fibertech has completed an expansion of its westernmost outpost. They have added additional rings to serve Nobelsville, Sheridan, and Westfield in the Indianapolis metro area. That brings their footprint there up to 310 route miles connecting 160+ buildings.  Fibertech is busy on multiple fronts these days, having also recently finished up work on a project out in Columbus, and still working a project underway in South Jersey since last spring.

TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) is expanding again, but in this case it’s their colocation footprint. The national metro fiber operator is expanding its square footage in Minnetonka. That gives them 100K square feet in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, with which they serve mid-size enterprises. They took the opportunity to highlight several: Virtual Radiologic, Be The Match, Fairview Health Services, and Room and Board. tw has been too quiet lately, but that’s the usual state of affairs.

CapeNet took another step forward in its BTOP-funded fiber buildout on Cape Cod. They said today that Ciena’s 100G coherent transport, packet optical, and Carrier Ethernet gear will power the network, which is currently under construction. Of course, I doubt they need 100G to Provincetown just yet, but someday you never know.

Earthlink touted one of its more interesting customers up in New England.  Their data center services will be hosting the online infrastructure of the 2012 Boston Marathon, which it bills as “one of the most data-driven sporting events in the country”.  That title derives from the 27,000 participants who must register online, and for whom data will be collected.  Earthlink is rapidly moving toward a new business model based on managed data and network services.

And finally, Spread Networks is apparently diversifying a bit from its laser focus on the financial vertical.  They said today that their Northeastern ITS subsidiary is providing 10G service to a cooperative in the city of Franklin out in western Pennsylvania and presumably right on their NYC-Chicago route.  No doubt there are other communities on Spread’s low latency route that might be interested in a similar arrangement.


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