Before everyone heads out for the weekend, here's a final roundup of news from fiber operators in the last few days:
In London, euNetworks helped launch the Shoreditch Network in collaboration with Carrenza and Optimity. The Shoreditch Network will bring ultra-fast connectivity and cloud services to startups in the Shoreditch district in the East End of London. euNetworks handles the metro fiber infrastructure, Optimity the higher network services, and Carrenza the cloud hosting. The combination should be ideal for the needs of early stage companies.
If there was any doubt remaining that Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is focusing a lot of effort on taking advantage of those Latin American assets, this week they formally launched Vyvx broadcast services across the region to go with the CDN launch earlier this summer. It won't surprise anyone though, they've been signing up customers for Vyvx down there for several quarters already.
In Texas, Alpheus Communications says that its channel partner program has been growing by leaps and bounds since its kickoff six months ago. Simplified Communications Group, consultIP, RealCom, and CSG Affiliates are among the agencies signing on. Alpheus was bought by Gores a few quarters back, which has been refocusing the company's approach toward the enterprise and the channel is a big part of that..
And out in the midwest, Unite Private Networks finished off its acquisition of fiber assets and customers from Zito Media. Hence, they are now the proud owners of a regional fiber network connecting up southeast Nebraska and of course several of their existing metro networks in and around Omaha and Lincoln. They funded the deal via a new debt facility with a group of banks participating. I suspect that UPN may have further appetite for M&A if they can find similar assets out there.