Here are some quick takes on some of the news from network operators that has built up already this week:
Adding some PR muscle to their newfound interest in fiber, cbey announced a deal with the non-profit Leading the Way. They'll be providing a customized package of fiber, voice and data for the Atlanta-based church organization. That includes 100Mbps connectivity, IP, PRI, and toll free services, which amongst other things will help power their weekly broadcasts. Both of the company's new fiber partners, Zayo and FiberLight, have substantial infrastructure in Atlanta of course.
Out in the Midwest, US Signal picked up a deal in the healthcare vertical. McLaren Health Care has partnered with them to help manage its growth as the company upgrades its IT infrastructure. McLaren operates 200+ facilities with 17,400 health care professionals across Michigan. US Signal will provide Virtual Ethernet Service to provide cost savings, better connectivity, improved disaster recovery, and converge VoIP and video - can't argue with those. Telegration did the matchmaking.
Birch Communications has added a new wholesale partner. Ernest Communications, which targets multi-location enterprises, will be leveraging Birch Carrier Solutions' IP network solutions to expand its presence. Birch has spent the last few years gobbling up unheralded CLEC assets and building them into a larger, more IP-focused entity. No doubt they have further M&A ambitions from here.
And overseas, cw made its own 100G announcement, touting the longest such network link on the continent. Spanning 2,800km from London all the way to Monaco with dropoffs in Milan, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Amsterdam, the network upgrade obviously boosts the capacity of quite a few of C&W's main intercity backbone routes. Ciena gear is powering it this time, whereas Infinera's DTN-X had been featured in CWW's portion of the Persia-Europe Gateway back in March.
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