Before the week gets started, let’s catch up a bit on the items last week that I didn’t get to from Zayo Group, XO Communications, Wave Broadband, and DQE Comunications :
In London, Zayo Group (news, filings) won a dark fiber deal with Next Connex. They’re supplying bespoke connection services to the data center and connectivity provider to hook up other facilities throughout the London metro area and to support their backbone generally. Zayo’s UK division was of course previously called AboveNet UK, which was run somewhat independently from the US business. Now that it’s Zayo’s European foothold, I’m curious where they will take it.
XO Holdings (news, filings) picked up a contract with 1-800-Registry. They’ll be supplying hosted PBX and cloud-based contact center solutions in support of company’s ‘total wedding experience’. Moving their communications needs to the cloud is easier for the more online-focused businesses, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of such deals this year across the industry.
In the Pacific Northwest, Wave Broadband put the finishing touches on their inorganic move on the metro fiber business north of Seattle. They’ve now closed the purchase of Black Rock Cable and its nearly 1000 on-net buildings spread across three suburban counties there. This remains the only example so far of the cable industry taking advantage of looser FCC regulations since autumn on buying CLECs to pick up a metro fiber asset, but I suspect it won’t be the last.
In Pittsburgh, DQE Communications says it is deploying gear from Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) in order to power its growing MPLS mobile backhaul efforts. They’re using Juniper’s ACX2000 Universal Access Routers to expand to more than 300 locations in the Pittsburgh metro area. We don’t hear from DQE that often, but they’re one of the more active of the energy-utility-owned fiber infrastructure providers remaining.
And the Competitive Telecoms Group says it is offering a free board search upgrade to its clients as of January 1, 2013. According to CEO Jerry DeMartino, “With our recent placement of Keith Olsen, former CEO of Switch and Data, to the Board of FiberMedia and Doug Maine, former CFO for IBM and MCI, to Broadsoft’s Board, as well as numerous other executive level placements, we have decided to expand our capabilities to offer free Board placements as a value-add to the industry.”
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