Wednesday Bytes: Comcast Business, OCG, euNetworks, ViaSat, Alteva

June 26th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

I’ll be at the Telecom Exchange today in NYC, so if you’re there too then drop by and say hi. In the meantime, here’s a quick Wednesday roundup with items from Comcast Business, OCG, Alianza, and Alteva.

Comcast Business won a big regional Ethernet contract in Georgia’s healthcare vertical. Grady Health System, with 17 sites including the largest hospital in Georgia, six neighborhood health centers, an outpatient pharmacy, a rehabilitation center, and a 911 ambulence service for the entire metro area is in need of bigger bandwidth. They’ve signed on for 300Mbps to their data centers and 50Mbps to 15 other sites plus a 100Mbps pipe to the internet itself. That will give them the firepower for electronic medical records, picture archiving and communication systems, and telemedicine.

In New York City, Optical Communications Group has been busy installing fiber at 325 Hudson. They’ve put in the first of four 864-count dark fiber cables to the Meet Me Room there in preparation for a 100G DWDM core transport node. That’s one heck of a lot of potential capacity in the ground.  325 Hudson was bought last fall by Jamestown Properties, Amerimar Enterprises, and industry veteran Hunter Newby, and this is a key part of its redevelopment as a key carrier neutral facility.  OCG’s extensive NYC metro dark fiber footprint is a natural partner for their efforts.

Over in Europe, NDIX is also beefing up its fiber infrastructure.  They’ve tapped euNetworks for a multi-year dark fiber and Ethernet services deal boosting their connectivity between their German and Dutch locations as well as within the metro area around each.  It’s an expansion upon an existing partnership between the two.

Alianza followed up last month’s win at Level 3 with another VoIP outsourcing contract, this time from satellite broadband. ViaSat is using their SaaS infrastructure to power their new residential/satellite Exede Voice offering rather than build their own from scratch. ViaSat’s internet services covers about 80% of the US population and serves about 300K suscribers.

And also in VoIP this week, Alteva won another unified communications deal. PT Baler and Compactor will be using their UCaaS suite, including the advanced call recording service, to improve customer service quality and training.  Alteva has been pushing its UC portfolio aggressively since its transformation from Warwick Valley Telephone.

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