Time for a quick look at what’s been going on in the metro, with items from Zayo, Comcast Business, TelePacific, Integra Telecom, and tw telecom:
Zayo has already had a busy week, and that following the Litecast deal on Friday too. Today they closed the First Communications acquisition, adding 8000 route miles of fiber connected to some 500 on-net buildings across the Northeast and Midwest. And they also extended their fiber network into all of CoreSite’s data centers, offering everything from dark fiber on up across nine markets nationally, except Miami where they don’t have the dark fiber part, yet. CoreSite has been working hard to expand its overall ecosystem and bring in more connectivity options.
Comcast Business is expanding its fiber network in Houston, Texas and bringing buildings such as Chase Tower on-net. The additional infrastructure downtown will reach an additional 3,000 potential enterprise customers. Comcast Business has been making metro Ethernet in-roads across its territory in the last couple of years, giving it the economic rationale to build beyond its cable MSO infrastructure. The buildout will go online early in 2013.
In California and Nevada, the regional CLEC TelePacific has tripled its Ethernet-over-Copper offerings up to 100Mbps. The extra speed is available out of all of the 234 LSOs they’ve got EoC capabilities at across the two states. TelePacific has been rather quiet all year, after acquiring Tel West and moving into the Texas market the year before. I wonder what they’re up to.
Also out west, Integra Telecom is looking for yet more ways to better leverage its western regional fiber footprint, moving deeper into the E-Rate market. Last week they said they now provide nearly 300 schools and libraries with access to the internet through the program.
And just in this afternoon, TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) has launched its national E-Access solution for carriers. The idea is to offer simplified Ethernet access into its enterprise customer footprint. They’re also teaming up with the Carribean operator Columbus Networks to make it available to Latin America via Columbus’s landing station in Miami. tw has been laser-focused on the enterprise business for many years, but lately has been looking to leverage the metro depth it has constructed via carrier customers more and more.
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