Time for a quick review of news from this week from the metro front, both fiber and managed services:
In Frankfurt, euNetworks and Telehouse have struck a strategic partnership. The European metro specialist will be providing exclusive dark fiber connectivity for Telehouse's Frankfurt facility, which lies 3km outside of the city center and boasts a connection to DE-CIX. The European internet infrastructure business could use a bit of sunlight in the macroeconomic sky this year, but the fiber buildouts continue nonetheless.
Lightpath, which recently dropped the 'Optimum' from its name, expanded its offerings this week to include backup for the mid-market. It's a cloud-based managed backup solution for both desktops and servers that is available as a flat-rate add-on to their internet voice bundle. Lightpath seems to have been putting resources into expanding its product set moreso than its footprint lately, which does make sense given the 5,500 buildings they already have on net in the NY metro area - not much low hanging fruit left there.
The national managed services provider MegaPath also added a product to their portfolio this week. They've launched Enterprise SIP Trunking for multi-location organizations as well as a standalone SIP Trunking offering for those with just one location. Megapath has been picking up the pace on the PR front this year, hopefully that'll be showing up in terms of organic growth as well.
And while Earthlink's holidays were marred by news of layoffs in their CLEC businesses, this week they set their agenda for the new year with both a contract and a product expansion on the cloud side of things. The College Network has picked their cloud hosting and virtualized dedicated servers to power its distance learning offerings. And Earthlink is expanding those cloud services with Virtustream's xStream software to improve its case with SMB customers. They're working on bringing new cloud nodes in Dallas, Chicago, San Jose, and Miami online this year and will deploy there as well as in their four current ones.
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