Time for a quick look at recent items from the metro:
In Texas, Alpheus continued to build up the new enterprise-focused side of its business. Yesterday they announced the opening of a Dallas office, new talent, and expanded service offerings with familiar things like Metro Ethernet, MPLS, E-LAN and business voice. Since being purchased by the private equity group Gores, they have been moving away from the purely carrier-focused business model to make more of their regional and metro fiber footprint.
In Tennessee, Windstream picked up an educational contract in Memphis. They'll be upgrading the network and phone systems of St. Mary's Episcopal School, a girls K-12 prep school with 860 students. The upgrade includes fiber connectivity for two campuses with 50Mb circuits, an MPLS infrastructure, and Allworx IP phones.
Back in the New York metro area, Optimum Lightpath added iSpeech as a new enterprise customer. iSpeech has made the switch to the regional fiber and Ethernet provider's bandwidth to support its text-to-speech and speech recognition cloud services out of their Newark data center. iSpeech made its cloud services available via API last summer, and now needs to ramp bandwidth as those developers from around the world put products derived from them into service.
And Champion ONE announced a new DWDM product aimed at reducing delivery problems for service providers for metro, mobile backhaul, and longhaul. The company's Next Day Dense Wave line of optical transceivers aims to cut the typical wait of 8-12 weeks it takes to acquire components dramatically with next day delivery.