Lots of news to start the week already, here's a quick look at some interesting bits from Fibertech, Sparkle, Level 3, Telx, and SegTel:
Northeastern metro specialist Fibertech announced this morning that it has completed its IPv6 implementation across its entire footprint of 8,000+ route miles. We are now starting to see more service providers make this transition now that IPv4 addresses are so clearly drying up. But we haven't heard much new regarding those budding IPv4 marketplaces and block purchases that popped up about a year ago. I wonder what has happened since on that front.
Telecom Italia Sparkle has won its first African IPX customer. Somalia's ASGSM.MOBI LTD will be combining the IPX solution with additional mobile data services such as Global Signalling, Net2Mobile-GRX, and Dual IMSI. The international services arm of Telecom Italia has been making some noise lately, but did that say Somalia? I'm just glad to hear there are working cell phones there at all these days.
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) added another customer in the healthcare vertical. The global backbone operator has been selected by Denver-based Collaborative Telecare Networks, which provides specialized connectivity for the healthcare industry. Level 3 will supply the IP and colocation pieces with which CTN assembles solutions for their clients. While the past few years have seen the financial industry driving bandwidth innovation, the next wave now seems ready to come from telemedicine and other medical applications.
Interconnection specialist Telx Group (news, filings) has launched an interactive marketplace to help its clients connect. The platform features a social network interface to help facilitate new relationships via searchable profiles and matchmaking alerts. The data center is becoming a much more diverse neighborhood than it once was, and it's less often the case that everyone already knows everyone else than ever before. PTGI, which recently announced the sale of its Australian assets but still has a substantial wholesale IP traffic busieness, is already on board.
And Tech Valley Communications is beefing up the team at its SegTEL subsidiary. They have brought in Edward Novak to as director of Carrier Service Delivery and Damian Beltrandi as VP Wholesale Services. Tech Valley and its owners at Riverside Partners bought a majority stake in SegTEL last year in one of the quieter metro fiber M&A moves. SegTEL operates fiber assets in upper New England, but I have yet to see much in the way details on the assets themselves or even a website.
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