XO Holdings (news, filings) is revamping its metro network capabilities by bringing in packet-optical gear from the Swedish vendor Transmode. XO was looking to scale capacity on its national metro footprint more cost effectively.
Transmode's TM-Series will give them a WDM platform capable of 80x100G, although initial deployments will be at 10G of course. It will support both nextgen Ethernet solutions and legacy SONET services. XO has about 3,300 on-net buildings hooked up by 9,000+ metro route miles across several dozen markets. It's a nice contract win for Transmode, with a 5 year lifespan starting immediately.
XO has been in reorganization mode since last fall, and has been relatively quiet on the PR front. Getting more out of their metro footprint has been a goal I've hoped they would pursue with greater enthusiasm, and so this announcement is welcome. I'm curious to see just what they'll be up to this summer.