XO is going on the offensive, adding new markets up in the Great White North to its network service territory. They announced today the availability of their network service portfolio to both wholesale and enterprise customers across all of Canada's six time zones.
It was less than a year ago that XO added a PoP up in Cologix's facility in Toronto, and the organic growth has apparently been good enough to justify further investments. The expansion will leverage diverse longhaul fiber routes and metro rings (I'm curious who they're working with), and connect back to the US in New York City, Cleveland, and Seattle.
Canada has been getting more attention from US providers since regulators eased the ownership restrictions that had kept them at arms length for so long. But while the headlines lately have been going to Verizon's proposed wireless invasion and the Canadian telcos' circling of the wagon, a variety of smaller and more nimble US-based infrastructure providers are and have already been on the ground chasing down opportunities.
Since Carl Icahn took the company private almost exactly two years ago, XO has been steadily reorganizing internally. It's hard to guess just where they're at right now operationally, but it's nice to see them moving ahead with new markets.
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