Weekend Bytes: ADTRAN, MegaPath, Limelight, Alcatel-Lucent, UPN

July 30th, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

A bit of catch-up to start the week, with news from Adtran this morning plus bits from late last week from MegaPath, Limelight, Alcatel-Lucent, and UPN:

This morning ADTRAN said today that the northeastern CLEC Transbeam is using its gear for both EoC and managed Wi-Fi. In the case of the former to extend their service reach beyond where fiber goes out of their 400 central offices around the region. And in the case of the latter, they’re serving bandwidth to an unnamed iconic luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, without having to run so much fiber through the historic structure.

MegaPath says it is moving deeper into southwest markets by opening a field sales office in Phoenix. The managed voice and data provider’s network expansion will take its Ethernet over Copper products to 680 central offices nationwide.  MegaPath has been busy quietly assembling a managed services/cloud business with an EoC footprint for a couple years now after the merger of the old MegaPath, Covad, and Speakeasy assets.

Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW, news, filings) said prior to the opening ceremonies that it is powering live feeds from the Olympics for several leading broadcasters worldwide.  This is their ninth major sporting event this year, but surely the largest.  Limelight continues to evolve after a rather turbulane 2011 in which it sold off the EyeWonder assets and was the periodic subject of various other M&A speculation.  All quiet on that front of late though.

As if we didn’t have enough bad news on the job front lately, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) announced its intention to cut 5,000 of them along side its earnings report.  That’s 6% of the company’s current headcount, and reflects the fact that the European macro-economic headwinds are hurting turnaround efforts.  They hope to save EUR750M, and thus find a way to return to profitability.

And the midwestern metro fiber builder Unite Private Networks has brought in Jason Adkins as SVP Sales and Marketing to help power the company’s continuing expansion.  Noteworthy in the PR is UPN’s declared intention to move into new markets, and “particularly into wireless carrier fiber-to-the-tower opportunities” according to CEO Kevin Anderson.   Alert regular readers might also recall this exact position being advertised on the Ramblings’ Jobs Board not so long ago.

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