A quick Wednesday look at some news from the metro space from Alpheus, Sunesys, Windstream, and UNSI:
Texas's Alpheus Communications signed up two service providers this week. They completed a dark fiber IRU agreement with Fidelity Communications, enabling them to scale bandwidth between Dallas and Memphis. Presumably the deal is on the Dallas end where Alpheus has fiber, whereas Fidelity has its own strength in Arkansas. Meanwhile, Alpheus became a key Ethernet provider to the managed-network provider AireSpring, which is expanding its MPLS/Ethernet solutions throughout Texas.
In New Jersey, Sunesys has extended its northeastern footprint into the Piscataway facility of Open Data Centers. They're now offering both lit and dark services at the new facility, which just opened its doors last summer. Piscataway has certainly been on the rise lately as a data center hub. Sunesys' parent company sold off its other telecommunications assets last fall, and I speculated at the time that they might be planning to do the same with their dark fiber. But so far, the opposite seems to be the case.
Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) says it is expanding its carrier-switched Ethernet services nationwide. In particular it will give them an enhanced product offering in the markets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix. Those are generally outside the company's more rural ILEC footprint, and reflect the company's increased integration of the PAETEC/Intellifiber side of their business.
And UNSi continued its recent PR offensive with anouther partnership to extend their capabilities. They have hooked up with Global Capacity's One Marketplace exchange in Chicago in order to extend their reach for both TDM and Ethernet services in the Midwest. Since Pivotal Group took over Global Capacity a couple years ago, the One Marketplace has been a key part of their strategy - and they do seem to be gaining some traction.