My internet connection got blown out of the water for a while there this morning, but I'm back at least temporarily. In the interim, here's a quick Friday roundup of news from the metro and regional space from the week.
Zayo is celebrating a milestone in its relationship with the channel this week, and more specifically with Intelisys. They've now passed the $1M monthly billings mark, as the past 10 months of work expanding their channel into dark fiber and colo and of course to the additional footprint purchased along the way. As infrastructure needs grow and traditional telecom products wither, channel partners will be needing to expand more and more into such things.
TelePacific is putting money to work down in Corpus Christi, doubling the size of their office there. They entered Texas via the Tel West deal a year and a half ago, but that was mostly in the Texas Triangle cities as I recall. An expansion in Corpus Christi suggests they're probably ready to expand the breadth of their footprint in other directions as well.
Kansas City's 1102 Grand says that Kansas Fiber Network has upgraded to 100G at its carrier hotel. KSFiberNet announced two months ago that it was deploying Cisco's packet transport and coherent optical DWDM across the state, and 1102 Grand does seem like a logical place to start. I wonder if Google Fiber's success there has had an effect on network operators' traffic profiles yet.
And Fibertech says it has earned its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. The MEF's new standard has been out there for a year now, and it does seem to be catching on. I expect we will be hearing from other metro fiber operators as the certification process continues.
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