Metro Bytes: euNetworks, Lightower, Lightpath, Frontier

February 6th, 2013 by · 1 Comment

I’m on the road this week, so I’m a bit more rushed than normal. But already so far this week there has already been a bunch of news from the metro that I wish I had more time to delve into:

euNetworks picked up a dark fiber and internet services contract over in Frankfurt, Germany. The managed services and hosting provider uvensys is looking to open an additional data center, and euNetworks will be helping them hook it up to their other facilities. The European metro fiber market lags that in the US, but it is starting to come of age with the continent’s enterprises.

Lightower Fiber Networks (news) got a big foot in the door up in New England, as it was named as an authorized vendor for the state of Massachussetts’ ITT46 contract vehicle. That lets them sell to all members of the Massachusetts higher Education Consortium, as well as many other government entities down to the local level. They’re already strong in Massachussets of course, but when Lightower’s acquisition of Sidera goes through, they’ll have an even bigger set of assets in the state with which to work.

In the Bronx, Lightpath detailed another fiber network deal in the healthcare vertical. Kings Harbor Multicare Center worked with them to design a redundant nextgen fiber network, and the resulting systems managed to survive Sandy despite loss of power for a week. The 720-bed facility needs to be able to host digital patient records remotely while still supporting its analog phone and alarm systems.

And finally, Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) says it has deployed Ethernet Virtual Private Line services to wholesale customers across 23 states. They also have multipoint-to-multipoint, COS, local access, regional interconnects, network performance reporting, and SLA in the works for wholesale. Expanding deeper into Ethernet seems like a no-brainer these days, but better late than never!

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