Four quick updates from regional providers, three from the US and one from Europe:
In the Virginias, Lumos Networks has announced yet another network expansion, this time on the raw speed front. They've now deployed 100G wavelength services across their footprint. They noted in their announcement that 100G waves are now cheaper from a cost perspective than the equivalent multi-10G setup, one of the first times I've seen that explicitly stated.
Ciena won some 100G business in central and eastern Europe. GTS Central Europe has deployed their converged packet-optical gear to support 100GE services across their main routes in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. GTS and Ciena have been working together for years of course. Still waiting to hear about the results of the bidding for GTS, which has supposedly been up for sale in recent months.
In Upstate New York, Tech Valley followed up the closing of the TelJet acquisition with some new funding. They've secured a new debt facility through GE Capital and Webster Bank, the proceeds of which helped fund that deal in part. The remainder will be going toward further expansions. That could mean capex for organic growth or further M&A opportunities.
And down in Texas, Alpheus Communications has hooked up its fiber to three of CyrusOne's facilities: two in Houston and one in Dallas. The move pairs two of Texas's larger regional infrastructure providers, and comes as a surprise only in that they weren't already connected by this time. Alpheus gains more on-net space for its customers to implement cloud solutions, while CyrusOne gets direct access to some of the region's deepest metro fiber.
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