Time for a quick roundup of network-related news this week from Hibernia Networks, XO Communications, 24/7 MidAtlantic, and Earthlink:
Hibernia Networks won a 100GE deal with the Dutch network operator Atrato Communications. The multiple 100 Gigabit Ethernet pipes will bolster Atrato's IP backbone within Europe. I hadn't realized that Atrato's backbone was scaling so well as to need that much bandwidth, although last month they deployed their third 100GE port at AMS-IX so perhaps I should pay more attention.
Speaking of AMS-IX, they continued to rack up their international partnerships by teaming up with Etisalat. According to Capacity, AMS-IX is leveraging the UAE-based carrier's Smarthub facility to extend the reach of the giant internet exchange into the Middle East and Africa.
XO Communications continued to flesh out the more advanced end of its networking offerings by rolling out an intelligent WAN solution. They're taking aim at enterprises with more sophisticated needs by combining their MPLS IP-VPN, security, and applications performance monitoring capabilities in a unified solution. It's hard to believe that it's been a year and a half already since Icahn squeezed out the minority shareholders and took the company private. It still feels as if the other shoe will have to fall eventually, but nothing seems imminent.
24/7 Mid-Atlantic says it is supplying dark fiber to a global communications carrier out on its unique footprint on the Delmarva peninsula. The fiber sale spans 100 miles between Salisbury MD and New Castle DE, on a route which offers another alternative to the I-95 corridor in reaching the DC metro area from the north. 24/7 was bought by the GRI Fund II last March, giving it a shot in the arm in terms of funding.
Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) announced a new contract in the enterprise vertical today. RE/MAX Allegiance is tapping them for an 18-site hosted voice and MPLS network in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. That sounds like exactly the kind of business they'd like to sell more and more of as they transform from CLEC into managed IT/network services provider. CNSG facilitated the deal, helping to tailor the overall package to the realtor's needs.